Digital Lab Platform Lead

Cambridgeshire, England
08 Apr 2021
06 May 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Digital Lab Platform Lead

Competitive Salary and Benefits

AstraZeneca are looking for a dynamic technology leader to lead our Digital Lab Platform Team.

The engine of Research & Development is in our Labs - it's where 1500 scientists perform 100k experiments a year to support and drive our drug projects. We are looking for a dynamic technology leader to inspire change and deliver a roadmap of innovative products. The Digital Lab Platform Team is a strategic delivery role which will be accountable for a portfolio of Digital Lab Applications, used by Scientists, for primary analysis, for lab workflows and driving lab operations.

In Early Science, we have highly skilled scientists in our labs who experiment and support complex drug projects. The environment is driven by scientific and technical innovation with a high level of diversity in workflows, data and vendors.

As the Digital Lab Platform Lead, you will be instrumental in building up a world class IT environment to support this business area. Your work will have a direct impact on the science we do and you have an opportunity to enable our scientists to do science not possible today.

What you'll do

Early Science Engineering is a growing global development team which is migrating as close to as we can to a true DevOps model. The Digital Lab Portfolio is a mixture of outstanding self-developed and Commercial Off the Shelf Software (COTS) solutions. It's a silo'd environment and you have the challenge and chance to create the software experience to the user seamless.

  • You'll lead a team of engineers and supporting roles to help you articulate, position & sell the Platform strategic vision, the delivery roadmap & releases.

  • You'll collaborate with Scientists and senior Research & Development leaders to understand and estimate requirements and provide tailored, complete solutions that fit their needs

  • The changes you drive need to be using technology that best fits the solution in a way that is operationally stable and sustainable. In our Platforms, if you build it you run it.

  • You'll build and support your teams of engineers and their managers through hiring, coaching, mentoring, feedback and hands-on career development

  • Advocate and advance modern, agile software development practices and help develop and evangelize great engineering culture

We consider individuals in this role to be our top tier Engineering leaders; this means having humility, taking accountability for your work and your team, feeling the need to continually raise the expectations of yourself and others, and being a true engineer who is capable of solving complex problems.

You should apply if

  • You have life sciences experience, particularly within Research & Development Labs

  • You are knowledgeable and passionate about software development and building capabilities that deliver value and a great user experience

  • You know what good looks like for a hard-working team of engineers and know how to get there

  • You are confident in leading Engineers on standard methodologies on key architectural concepts as needed and are comfortable to have trade off conversations around technical debt

  • You are highly skilled in modern DevOps culture / practices with proven experience of migration to Cloud based environments

  • You have experience of delivering within a regulated environment

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we're opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what's next!

  • Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can't wait to hear from you.

Open Date: 08/04/2021

Close Date: 07/05/2021