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RDI GMD Life Science Architect

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP

Gaithersburg, MD
Posted Date:
Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
Areas of Expertise Desired:

Job Description

Location: Gaithersburg,
United States
United Kingdom
Västra Götaland,
Job reference: R-010016

Posted date: Aug. 03, 2017

The Role

The purpose of R&D Information is to partner with the three R&D science units, namely Innovative Medicines (IMED), Global Medicines Development (GMD) and MEDIMMUNE, to support them in delivering the drug development pipeline.

Our ambition is to provide world-class expertise in Scientific Information & Technology solutions, and to “Make IT inspire R&D” through the following mission:

  • Increase productivity and creative insights - simple, easy to use IT solutions that delight
  • Support informed decision making - bringing together the right information at the right time
  • Build future competitive advantage - through our expertise in science, technology and information

In delivering to this mission, R&D Information requires people with hybrid skill sets of technical ability and knowledge of the R&D processes.

Key Accountabilities

The role holder should deliver tangible and measurable value to the GMD business, by taking a leading technical role in RDI Delivery of Scientific IT solutions via Programmes/Projects and/or Services and develop our capabilities in the areas of Application and Infrastructure design, implementation and Lifecycle management.

  • Establish working relationships with the GMD customer group to develop an in-depth understanding of business priorities and early insight into changing needs in order to inform and shape demand.
  • Contribute to technical development efforts originating from portfolio, participate in IS/IT initiatives and provide active guidance for better planning and decision making in programmes/projects and services.
  • Assess and review architecture work, inprogrammes/projects/services,
    and support a balance between the immediate and the strategic aspects.
  • Use specialist knowledge and understanding of the GMD business area direction and priorities to drive innovative solutions to issues and challenges faced by the customer area.
  • Developing the capabilities (methods, processes, best practices etc.) in at least one of the Architecture, System engineering or Technical engineering capabilities.
  • Driving solution evaluation and selection decisions, buy vs. build decisions, and early-phase project estimates which contribute to the creation of business case.
  • Architecture and design of comprehensive set of solutions that meet business requirements and are aligned to AstraZeneca standards, providing subject matter expertise to ensure business opportunities are identified and realized.
  • Ensure that architecture decisions support both business and IS strategy, and that architectures delivered are compliant with relevant AZ architecture standards, blueprints and roadmaps.
  • Guide and support architects and engineers (including third party suppliers) in the development and documentation of IS/IT architectures for complex and business critical projects.
  • Contribute to the development of architecture and engineering standards, roadmaps (1-5 years) and blueprints for one or more architecture focus areas or business domains.


Required Skills & Knowledge

  • Demonstrated understanding of the processes, stages, activities, and decision points in either preclinical or clinical areas.
  • Understanding of the interdependencies between the deliverables of the various functions.
  • Comfortable with key decision points.
  • Ability to apply knowledge to solve problems and knows when to enlist help from others.
  • Established knowledge of or some experience of working in a specific disease or therapy area.
  • Established knowledge of scientific domain, e.g. some experience in working in the scientific domain.
  • A good understanding of the scientific theory of the scientific domain
  • A good understanding of the techniques and approaches applied in the scientific area of expertise and how to interpret to derive useful information.

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or re-assignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law. AstraZeneca only employs individuals with the right to work in the country/ies where the role is advertised.