Lead Engineer (Digital Lab Platform)

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Cambridgeshire, England
21 May 2021
18 Jun 2021
Full Time
Contract Type
Experience Level
Experienced (non-manager)

Lead Engineer, Digital Lab Platform
Competitive Salary & Benefits offered

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Software Engineering? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Digital Lab Platform in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? Then AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious diseases. But we're more than one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies.

We are currently looking for a strong technical engineering lead to work on 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 Lead Engineer to own the technical changes in the 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.

Working alongside your Platform Lead, architects and other IT and science partners, you will be working to understand, devise technical solutions, estimate and deliver and run operationally sustainable platform components. You will utilise your technical acuity to balance between COTS and home-grown solutions according to the requirements and in either case own its technical lifecycle and roadmap

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.

  • You'll manage a team of engineers, distributed across multiple locations to ensure a high-performing team that consistently and iteratively delivers high-impact, high-quality solutions

  • You'll collaborate with Scientists to understand and estimate requirements and provide tailored, complete solutions that fit the needs by using technology that best fits the solution in a way that is operationally stable and balanced. In our Platforms, if you build it you run it.

  • You'll drive the technical direction of the platform ensuring we have the right technology to enable our labs and scientist to work efficiently and accurately and are able to cope with the fast scientific changes that occur

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

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

  • You'll transform an estate of silo'd systems into an ecosystem that delivers phenomenal user experiences

We consider individuals in this role to be our top tier Engineers; this means you need to be capable of working in multiple spaces and are likely to be the most experienced and skilled engineer on the team. You will raise expectations within the whole team, solve sophisticated technical problems and work alongside complementary delivery platforms while aligning solutions with scientific and data strategies and target architecture.

Essential Requirements for the Role:

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

  • You are technically proficient and curious, with a passion to explore, iterate, fail, and learn.

  • you have previously worked as a software engineer at a senior level and have developed a team of robust software engineers responsible for multiple products, particularly a portfolio environment. (Technologies to include Java, .NET, C, as well as scripting languages like Python, VBA Script)

  • You are customer-focused, success is measured by how well your team is delivering against requirements

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

  • You are confident in leading Engineers on standard methodologies on technology or key architectural concepts as needed

  • You understand the importance of sustainability and are comfortable to have trade off conversations around technical debt

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

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, groundbreaking methods and bringing unexpected teams together.

Interested? Come and join our journey.

Open Date: 21/05/2021

Closing Date: 18/06/2021

Where can I find out more?

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