Global Head of Data Engineering

  • AstraZeneca
  • Cambridge, UK
  • 11/01/2019
Full time Data Science Data Engineering Data Analytics Business Intelligence Data Management Statistics Software Engineering

Job Description

AstraZeneca is one of the world’s most exciting bio-pharmaceutical companies. From scientists to sales, lab techs to legal, we’re on a mission to turn ideas into life-changing medicines that improve patients’ lives and benefit society. We’re constantly moving forward as a company – agile and purposeful in our work.

We are currently recruiting for a Global Head of Data Engineering, within our Data and Information Engineering (D&IE) team.

The Data and Information Engineering team is responsible for the creation, implementation and refinement of delivery standard methodologies for data and Business Intelligence (BI) applications across AstraZeneca. With user self-service as a main objective, D&IE works with industry guides to keep tabs on data technology advancements and develop a roll-out strategy which includes adoption and training. Data solution governance across the Enterprise Data and Analytics (EDA) programme in partnership with global and local stakeholders, is fundamental to our remit.

About the Role

Collaborating with the Head of IT Data Enablement, the D&IE Lead is accountable for designing and delivering AstraZeneca’s and ensure the propagation of knowledge as well as implementation of standards. This role is focused on delivery of data management and business intelligence solutions for improved data operations while building strong relationships with data partners. The role requires an inquisitive and innovative approach to solving information management and data technology issues.

  • You will lead the D&IE team in all its activities and provide mentoring and guidance on data engineering to the team members;
  • You will be responsible for the design patterns established and used across the enterprise, leads the central repository of reusable DI components.
  • You will ensure CFIT projects are maximizing the use of existing DI components in CFIT projects
  • Lead the development of the strategy, delivery framework and training practice for improved and frictionless data operations;
  • You will lead the creation of a centralized management function to administer the ingestion, MDM, and curation processes into the enterprise and CFIT data lake environments.
  • Develop and lead practices, standards and guidelines;
  • Develop an information access practice to support business understanding of data assets and how it can be applied to achieve business goals;
  • Establish data engineering performance metrics for tracking the quality and efficiency of data solutions and continuous improvement
  • Partner with enterprise architecture and other meaningful technology groups for developing road-maps and necessary delivery governance practices to enable business goals;
  • Provide data and business intelligence expertise to business partners for annual work programmes and long-term business objective realisation;
  • You will Partner with the Data and Information Governance team to ensure that data governance standards are adhered to in all data and business intelligence solutions;
  • You will lead the team and partner relationships to effect development and implementation of data management practices;
  • You will lead the data engineering solution forum demonstrating the required leadership to increase the business value of data and information assets;

Assist the Head of Data Enablement to:

  • Reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of data solutions and build an elite data practice;
  • Partnering with the business to continuously improve data delivery and data asset utilisation;
  • You will partner with the business and D&IG to demonstrate / implement data search capabilities and metadata solutions;
  • Lead efforts to optimise the data management and business intelligence landscape.
  • Deploy tangible, business enhancing solutions demonstrating Agile methodologies

Skills and Knowledge - Essential

  • Possess a blend of experience in good information practice and business processes;
  • Experience of global working environment and leading across cultures
  • Experience in industry data innovations and technology agnostic data engineering practices
  • Experience in the development and optimisation of information management delivery practices and data architectures
  • Evidence of leading and developing innovative solutions
  • Experience with developing global data practices and partnering with stakeholders to implement these practices
  • Experience of leading data solutions architecture and implementation across a wide range of on premise and cloud solutions
  • Experience leading multi-stakeholder solutions forums, representing multiple business units across multiple countries
  • Experience in collecting complex business requirements translating into data solutions for meeting business needs
  • Solid grasp of data governance and metadata practices
  • Validated social, communications, assertiveness and negotiation skills
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills at all levels
  • Influencing skills to enable effective management of internal partners
  • Demonstrable record of success in process and/or project management
  • Validated change management skills
  • Evidence of critical thinking, goal setting and delivery, and long-range planning
  • Experience in leading delivery-focused high performing teams, providing strategic direction, leadership and motivation
  • Experience in developing Data and Information delivery standards / information management delivery frameworks, rules, standards and guidance
  • Experience with the implementation of data standards in data solutions
  • Expert knowledge of data and information engineering System Development Life Cycles (SDLC), data governance, Information Life Cycle Management (ILM), Master Data Management (MDM), and data security standard methodologies including policy-driven data security methods and tools
  • Authoritative knowledge of electronic records rules and regulations, applied to information management practices in the pharmaceutical industry or similar global, regulated industry
  • Knowledge of data taxonomy and metadata management implementation practices and tools
  • Ability to influence and persuade subtly, to obtain desired outcomes while maintaining effective, positive, organizational relationships
  • You will have confirmed leadership ability motivating and empowering others to accomplish individual, team and organizational objectives
  • Ability to work with multi-functional working groups across multiple countries
  • Proven record of team leadership, capability building and ongoing development
  • University Degree in IT, Business Administration, Information Science or related discipline or extensive experience in information related role at a leadership level

Skills and Knowledge - Desirable

  • Experience in establishing global centres of perfection in the information management related field
  • Ability to lead expectations and solutions across complex groups
  • Experience leading data solutions and data architecture teams
  • Validated ability to explain in a simple way, complex/technical concepts to business leaders
  • Experience creating and delivering training and education
  • Experience of business process analysis and improvement, preferably on global scale
  • Implementation knowledge of data quality data governance solutions

AstraZeneca is an equal opportunity employer. AstraZeneca will consider all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination on grounds of disability, sex or sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity leave status, race or national or ethnic origin, age, religion or belief, gender identity or reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, protected veteran status (if applicable) or any other characteristic protected by law