BTS Purchasing & Central Services Architect

Lake County, IL, US
Oct 18, 2019
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Information Technology is critical to the enablement of AbbVie's procurement and central services landscape and the ability to leverage suppliers to provide necessary goods and services that enable AbbVie to make a remarkable impact on patients' lives. The Solution Architect is responsible for complex process that bridges the gap between business problems and technology solutions. The ideal candidate will be at the intersection of business and IT, helping senior executives bring life to their strategies and individual contributors execute tactics with clear and measurable business value. This requires alignment across the enterprise with peer functions that engage in design and delivery of solutions with procurement and central service activities. Furthermore, the Solution Architect is
responsible to envision and outline technical solutions to business problems within/across procurement and central service domains, including appropriate design tradeoffs, build-vs-buy options, and cost/benefit analysis engaging with varied levels and profile of stakeholders over the short and longterm
of the long range plan. The solution architect will be considered the subject matter expert on the future state of the procurement and central service solutions capabilities and participate in the execution of the transformation roadmap.

Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Define and Govern Centralized technology architecture which includes Business Systems Architecture, Information Architecture, Application Architecture, Technical Architecture, and infrastructure architecture for all Source to pay and central service programs. (Which includes
  • Define core architecture and architecture guiding principles and ensure compliance to the defined principle)
  • Conduct formal technical research and define adoption process to solve business problems and improve user experience.
  • Apply emerging technologies and best practices (PaaS, microservice architecture, serverless architecture, NoSQL, MVC, MVVM, etc.) to the design of the solutions.
  • Define and adopt technology architecture roadmap for digital transformation or strategical application investment initiatives to launch next generation source to pay process at AbbVie using range of technologies including but not limited to Ariba, SAP ECC and SRM, Cloud technologies, modern data and integration solutions etc.
  • Guide the prioritization, evaluation, and recommendation of new technologies and services to reduce technical risk ahead of formal development
  • Collaboration with enterprise architecture, business stakeholders, technology providers, and other domain architects to develop technology and information architectures, strategies, and roadmaps.
  • Demonstrate creative 'out of the box' thinking to solve difficult problems and champion new technologies to achieve project goals.
  • Demonstrate deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical business and utilize this knowledge in the rapid advancement of agile, impactful, and cost-effective solutions.
  • Independently responsible for technology within his/her area of expertise on multiple projects.
  • Demonstrate mastery across a wide range of data and software engineering, including data warehousing, data integration, and software development.
  • Recognized and sought out as an expert in his/her discipline within the company and possibly externally.
  • Shapes relationships with affiliates, vendors, and industry peers in accordance with Abbvie
    Values, Vendor Management Office, and Purchasing to further the mission, vision and goals of
    the organization..
  • Understand and adhere to corporate standards regarding applicable Corporate and Divisional Policies, including code of conduct, safety, GxP compliance, data security, and the software development lifecycle.

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education and typically 12+ years of experience, Master's Degree or equivalent education and typically 10+ years of experience.
  • Eight years of experience in application program development. Work experience in the pharmaceutical industry preferred.
  • Requires in-depth knowledge of the systems development life cycle, purchasing area's functions and systems, and systems application program development technological alternatives.
  • At least 4 years of experience as Solutions Architect in technologies includes cloud, Integration and critical apps.
  • Experience in domain-specific architecture concepts and emerging technologies and Proven expertise in building and delivering large scale service-oriented system architecture.
  • Broad knowledge of Information Technology Systems, with strong understanding of the relationship between business processes, applications, databases, operating systems, processing platforms, storage platforms, security systems and networks
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to clearly explain options and
    alternatives, and rationale for associated recommendations.
  • Ability to abstract core elements or components of solution or business need and propose
    common/re-usable services
  • Ability to learn quickly and Strong understanding of enterprise and service design patterns and best practices
  • Flexibility in designing systems - including leveraging new or emerging technologies

Additional Information

AbbVie is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer: At AbbVie, we value bringing together
individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop new and innovative solutions for patients. As
an equal opportunity employer, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), physical or mental disability, medical condition,
genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, protected
veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic.