How can we attract and retain the best data quality professionals?

Question received from member 15th December 2009:

Hi panel, I am in charge of building a data quality team and rolling out a large improvement programme over the next 3 years - I need your advice.

We recently hired a senior lead DQ analyst and this took many months. I am keen to learn whether other organizations have adopted any useful techniques for:

  • Finding specialist DQ talent
  • Retaining skilled analysts (based on our experience of hiring a lead analyst we don't want to repeat teh process regularly!)

I realize that really good candidates can be quite rare in this sector so I appreciate any advice from companies who have implemented similar improvement programmes.

Thanks in advance, appreciate any insights you can share!