AWS Architect - Platform

Lake County, Illinois
Apr 07, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
AbbVie’s mission is to discover and deliver innovative medicines that solve serious health issues today and address the medical challenges of tomorrow. We strive to have a remarkable impact on people’s lives across several key therapeutic areas: immunology, oncology, neuroscience, eye care, virology, women’s health and gastroenterology, in addition to products and services across its Allergan Aesthetics portfolio. For more information about AbbVie, please visit us at Follow @abbvie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.

AbbVie Information Research is seeking an established AWS Solutions Architect to engineer and operationalize the AWS cloud infrastructure environment to support the high-performing, large scale technology capabilities of the AbbVie Research Convergence Hub (ARCH).

Under the direction of the Convergence Platform Program Lead, and delivering on the vision of executive leadership, you will design and lead building the ARCH platform architecture, currently anchored by Cloudera CDP. This role will have a far-reaching impact on the technology at the core of AbbVie’s R&D Convergence initiative and will be key to delivering AbbVie R&D scientists the data and knowledge needed to maximize the impact of their work.

This is an opportunity to become part of the team building an integrated R&D data and analytics platform – the AbbVie Research Convergence Hub (ARCH) - to power data-driven insights that ultimately lead to better, faster decisions and therapies for patients. You will help enable and grow our culture of data driven insights and decision making. You will help drive R&D productivity through shortening cycle times. Most importantly, by helping to unlock information like deeper understanding of novel therapies, biomarkers that are predictive of response, novel endpoints, and many more concepts you will make cures possible and will make a remarkable impact in the lives of our people and patients.

Job Responsibilities

  • Principal AWS Platform Architect for the ARCH, providing technical vision and hands-on expertise to deliver all aspects of the platform
  • Lead all aspects of ARCH infrastructure, including Cloudera CDP, SSO, security, performance, and cost management
  • Coordinate efforts across organizational silos, working with internal and external partners involved in development of the ARCH platform
  • Align with AbbVie systems lifecycle standards and processes
  • Drive for continuous improvement and enablement through collaboration with domain data owners and experts



  • Bachelor's Degree with 8 years of experience; Master's Degree with 7 years of experience; PhD with 3 years of experience in application program development. Work experience in the pharmaceutical industry preferred.
  • Requires in‐depth knowledge of the systems development life cycle, client area’s functions and systems, and systems application program development technological alternatives.



  • Extensive AWS cloud infrastructure experience
  • Familiarity with a variety of programming languages, including Python
  • Proven ability to innovate with a history of new or improved technology solutions with remarkable impact on company productivity
  • Interacts well with diverse groups within function and maintains strong working relationships with internal and external collaborators
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others in areas of science and technology


  • Significant Cloudera architecture experience, preferably in an AWS cloud environment
  • Hands-on CI/CD and containerization knowledge and experience (Jenkins preferred)
  • Technical background in healthcare, laboratory diagnostics, medical devices or pharmaceutical companies.
  • Hands-on technical proficiency in SQL, NoSQL, knowledge graphs
  • Statistics and data science familiarity
  • Highly regulated and restricted data domains experience
  • Metadata management, data quality, master data, and data lineage experience
  • Practical experience in a scientific discipline such as biology, pharmacology or related, ideally a BS or related degree 


  • Ability to work in an agile, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage time and deliver results across multiple workstreams at once
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple groups within the organization and effectively collaborate with external partners

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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Equal Employment Opportunity
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.