Director of Strategy & Architecture

Cambridge, United Kingdom
06 Jan 2021
14 Jan 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)
About Us

When you join Abcam, you will have the opportunity to work with a purpose driven life sciences organization undergoing an exceptionally exciting digital revolution.

We are ambitious. We are digitally evolving and need exceptional talent to help us drive that journey. We will design, architect and develop the prototype into a product, make it manufacturable, listen to customers and turn it profitable.

Our culture is our key differentiator. We believe in empowering individuals, with responsibility given at an early stage. The working environment is fun and fast-paced, collaborative and outcome focused, with a strong customer focus. In addition to competitive salaries, we can offer an attractive flexible benefits package which includes share options, a culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development.

We all have clear goals to reach at Abcam, and we're encouraged to be original in how we get there. No matter your role, be it a Credit Controller or a Lab Technician or Solution Architect, we know that tried-and-tested doesn't always mean best.

Dare to be different, dare to be ambitious, and you'll help us change the game in our industry.

Main Responsibilities

As Director of Strategy and Architecture you will be a leader in the Digital transformation and technology development for Abcam to support the ambition to become a leading technology life sciences company.

Your main responsibilities will include:
  • Creating and developing the Enterprise Architecture vision for Abcam, engaging and working with the leadership and wider business to innovate and develop solutions for a world leading technology company.
  • Support Abcam leadership in building a world-class technology company to deliver new products & services which are innovative, scalable with a quick time to market.
  • Develop Omnichannel and multi Cloud Architectures using Domain and Event Driven architectures using serverless and Microservices.
  • Innovate using Data driven strategies such as Automation, Data Science and AI.
  • Governing and reporting on the Enterprise Architecture function.
  • Be the contact for the leadership team ensuring enterprise architecture is a key business activity with senior stakeholders.
  • Establish key reporting metrics for the architecture function that inform senior stakeholders on progress and risks.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to strategic, complex and high-impact projects to ensure we deliver them successfully.

Use best practice architectural frameworks and methodologies to ensure optimal outcomes. We generate research and ideas that leave a lasting impact on people, businesses and markets around the world. To do that, we ensure we have the talent, tools and infrastructure to share our thinking globally. In this role, you will be an integral part in ensuring the world-class teaching we impart on our students is enabled by world-class technology solutions

About You
  • Significant Enterprise & solution architecture experience in digital and commerce products; demonstrable technical experience in omnichannel systems design, improving customer experience and engagement, and iterative design and continuous delivery.
  • Experience architecting and continually improving omnichannel platforms for B2C and B2B segments and globally distributed customer facing and marketing platforms.
  • Strong knowledge of Ecommerce platforms, Cloud and Serverless Computing.
  • Able to articulate and demonstrate how to use architecture frameworks, techniques and methods to deliver new customer facing solutions in an agile and scrum environment.
  • Self-starter and able to collaborate and manage efforts with teams across geography and time zones; acts as an informed leader and make data-backed decisions on behalf of Abcam.
  • Be a curious, audacious and not afraid to ask questions and challenge the way things are done today and own improvements to culture and process.
  • Inform, educate and develop team members and peers to grow expertise, develop alignment and encourage collaboration.
  • Able to present ideas and architecture solutions concisely and in an engaging manner to both large and small audiences; comfortable working in an environment that encourages creative thinking and critical feedback of ideas.
  • Passionate about driving a product centric engineering culture and delivering architecture maturity in a progressive way.

If you thrive within a transformative, fast-paced start up environment, which is part of a very successful business, then we'd love to hear from you. We are on an incredibly exciting journey and if you'd like to be part of it, get in touch.

In addition to competitive salaries, we can offer our multi-award-winning global share purchase plan, AbShare, a culture focused on well-being and opportunities for growth and development.

What's more, as a WORK180 Endorsed Employer, we are recognized globally as an organization that's diverse, inclusive and supports women in the workplace.

Abcam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to age, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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