Director, R&D IT Architecture

Architecture, Research and development, Veeva, SaaS, Roadmaps, Solution architecture, Pharmaceutics, Microservices, MDM, Life sciences, Information management, IaaS, ITIL, IT architecture, IT governance, Enterprise architecture
Full Time
Depends on Experience
Work from home available

Job Description

Director, R&D IT Architecture Services


  • R&D IT Technology Strategy:
    • Develops and maintains an overall R&D IT technology strategy and future state based on business needs, and including system capabilities such as data ingestion, data engineering, analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence, collaboration, document management, reporting/visualization, business process automation and data integrity.
    • Develops an understanding of global infrastructure and analyzes the impact of these platforms on the R&D IT technology strategy.
    • Analyzes vendor landscape, based on latest market trends and competitive intelligence.
    • Keeps current on trends in technologies impacting current business models and practices.
    • Ensures compliance with highest levels of relevant life science regulatory requirements, cybersecurity, and with the legal and compliance requirements.
    • Establishes and leads the process for review of R&D IT Technology Strategy.
    • Communicates R&D IT Strategy to stakeholders in R&D and IT
  • Architecture Services:
    • Works closely with R&D IT BRMs and Business Owners to develop and maintain functional and/or technology roadmaps.
    • Leads the efforts of building and maintaining the overall R&D IT Systems Map
    • Establishes R&D IT Architecture, software development, technical design and documentation standards as a reference for all new systems implementations
    • Establishes and manages a cross-functional group consisting of BRMs and Business Owners for the purpose of Data Governance which would include master-data, taxonomy of terms etc.
    • Leads the process for technical evaluation of cloud solutions based on business needs, and accordingly updates Technology Roadmaps.
    • Ensures the integration of systems is architected as per the R&D IT Technology Strategy and Data Governance framework.
    • Leads the efforts for performance testing cloud solutions from global locations.
    • Reviews and approves technical designs for new or upgraded systems.
    • Actively participates and represents R&D IT in various IT governance bodies such as platform governance, architecture standards, enterprise data standards etc.
    • Participates in evaluations and audits of vendors to ensure the technology addresses business needs and data integrity.
    • Collaborates with IT Security in the evaluation of R&D technology solutions as part of vendor assessment process.
  • Organizational Leadership:
    • Leads a team of Data Analysts, Software and Data Architects and Engineers for the development and support of R&D IT systems such as R&D Data Lake and Computing Platform, DEX Data Exchange, Operational Data Store etc.
    • In keeping with the R&D IT Technology Strategy, provide team with guidance to accomplish organizations objectives.
    • Manage and lead direct reports including recruitment, supervision, scheduling, development, and performance management.
    • Provide daily coaching and mentoring to staff (direct reports and project teams).  Identify development opportunities and align to career objectives.  Highlight strengths and reward successes.



  • Work Experience and Education
    • 12+ years IT domain experience in pharmaceutical or related industry is required
    • Extensive experience working in R&D area (4+ years) heavily preferred.
    • 10+ years of experience as Solution Architect on cloud platforms such as AWS/Azure/Google and/or in R&D platforms such as Veeva, Oracle, Medidata etc.
    • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree in computer science, engineering, finance, business management or a related field.
  • Leadership and Teamwork
    • Strong track record of effective cross-functional team collaboration and execution
    • Ready to think, behave and act in an innovative consulting manner to drive the R&D IT Technology Strategy.
    • Effective leadership skills. These include team building, consensus building, the ability to balance team and individual responsibilities and achieving goals through others not directly under the leader's supervision, by working ethically and with integrity.
  • Communication, Organization and Problem-Solving Skills
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to network, strong personal integrity, collaborative mindset, and a strong customer focus are necessary
    • Ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing environment
    • Demonstrated problem solving skills, including taking ownership to ensure timely resolution, a strong sense of urgency, keen attention to detail, and the ability to plan, organize and successfully execute in an environment under time and resource pressures
  • Information Technology Planning, Analysis, Design, Architecture and Management
    • The ability to work at all levels of the organization to develop a vision for platform roadmaps and maintain consensus around the strategic direction allowing us to meet business needs.
    • Strong business analysis skill and experience, including development of business/IT vision and strategy, requirements definition, process modeling, and operating model design.
    • Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, agile and lean methodologies, infrastructure and operations, and enterprise architecture and ITIL frameworks.
    • Experience in managing application / system changes in accordance with computer system validation, 21 CFR Part 11 and GxP policies\
  • Domain Knowledge
    • Knowledge of business ecosystems, SaaS, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), SOA, APIs, open data, microservices, event-driven IT and predictive analytics.
    • Familiarity with information management practices, system development life cycle management, IT services management, agile and lean methodologies, infrastructure and operations, and EA and ITIL frameworks.
    • Strong technical knowledge of life science production systems that will help weigh trade-offs and evaluate risks when designing for future states.
Dice Id : techrm
Position Id : 6684180
Originally Posted : 1 month ago
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