Sr. Director, Data Systems & Technology

San Francisco, CA, United States
Jun 16, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Position Overview

Nektar has an exciting opportunity for a Sr. Director, Data Systems & Technology to join their team.

This is a key position within Nektar's Data Sciences and Systems organization responsible for data systems and related technologies at Nektar. The role will develop the strategy, roadmap, and future architecture for data systems and technologies. Directs the design, planning, evaluation, implementation, training and management of the clinical systems that enable data capture, data archiving and processing, and data analysis and presentation. Build a comprehensive data common and computing platform that allows efficient joint analyses across different types of databases including clinical database, biomarker database, safety database, etc., to produce reliable information for good decision making. Identifies new technologies and tools that may better support activities related to all types of data. This position will direct all aspects related to these clinical data systems and technologies.

The essential duties and responsibilities of this position are as follows:
  • Defines strategy, roadmap and future architecture for data systems and technologies and introduces new clinical systems and technologies in anticipation of the growth of Nektar pipeline across all phases
  • Work with IT and cross-functional teams to build an internal data lake platform to host clinical data, biomarker data, safety data and other types of data, and to enable the production of competitive intelligence for decision making via data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other advanced analytical tools.
  • Represents Development organization for all data-related systems by serving as the business partner to the IT organization.
  • Manages and governs the clinical systems and technologies related to data capture, data mapping, data warehouse, data processing, data analysis and presentation. Examples include EDC, IRT, SAS, data visualization, etc.
  • Ensures clinical data systems support business activities and requirements
  • Works closely with the IT organization and other functions to make sure that business needs and requirements, IT processess, and regulatory complaince requirements are met.
  • Directs the design, planning, evaluation, implementaiton, training and management of clinical data systems and technologies in alignment with business needs and requirements.
  • Collaborates closely with IT on portfolio prioritization, forecasting, estimation, and budgeting
  • Manages service provider relationship and fosters partnerships.
  • Identifies opportunity and supports process optimization initiatives
  • Lead SAS system and other Data Science system upgrade and maintenance
  • Develop or implement automation and visualization tools to improve efficiency
  • Supports the evalaution and implemetion of systems, tools and work flow championed by other departments to keep cohesion
  • Stays current with technological developments as systems and technologies evolve
  • May have management responsibilities including hiring, training, coaching and performance reviews
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in a Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics or related discipline is required. A Master's degree is preferred. A minimum of 12 years technical management experience is required. Equivalent experience may be accepted.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience and responsibilties in related roles in pharmaceutical, biotechology or CRO industry
  • Experience with data lake and/or data warehouse implementation is required
  • Familiar with AWS technology stacks and services (S3, Lambda, Glue, etc.)
  • Knowledge in advanced analytical tools such as data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence is a plus
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of common clinical data sysetms used in clinical research such as EDC, IRT, SAS. Demonstrated understanding of clinical data flows in clinical trials.
  • Demonstrated experience working with IT and cross-functional counterparts in evaluating and implementing clinical data systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate organization wide impacts of application changes
  • Knowledge and experience with systems development lifecycle and data modeling is required.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to present ideas in a clear succinct manner, both verbally and in writing
  • Must be able to develop and adhere to the Company's naming, analysis, design, and implementation policies and procedures
  • Experience with data system internal & external complaince auditing support

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class. Nektar Therapeutics will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in the manner proscribed by the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.