Solution Architect

United States, Waltham
Feb 2012
This job posting expired on April 16, 2012.
The Solution Architect operates in a complex Research &Development environment with high levels of accountability where ease of access & analysis of vital data is paramount to the discovery of new drugs within the regulated pharmaceutical industry. The Architect will ensure that common architecture decisions are taken and implemented consistently across the business and IS, providing IS/IT architectural expertise and technical direction to system development and integration projects for IS/IT solutions and will be an Architecture Specialist in one or more areas (either Technical or Business focused). Accountabilities & Responsibilities
The role will be accountable for architecting and designing comprehensive solutions that meet business requirements and are aligned to AstraZeneca's Enterprise Architecture, in support of a given portfolio. The Architect will partner with project managers, business analysts, and solution engineers to create solutions that are aligned to AZ architecture standards and principles, leverage common solutions and services, and meet the financial targets (cost and benefits). The Architect also ensures that the subsequent detailed design remains in line with the chosen solution and that the solution delivers value for money to AZ. The role holder will
1. Develop Solution Building Blocks for projects or solutions that address business/application/information/infrastructure requirements
2. Be accountable for solution evaluation and selection, buy vs. build decisions, and early-phase project estimates which contribute to the business case
3. Ensure alignment with existing EA Principles, Blueprints and Guidelines and compliance with EA Software Standards
4. Participate in Architecture Assessments & Reviews as a Subject Matter Expert in the review team.
5. Document best practices, drive reuse of existing solutions and in cooperation with Enterprise Architects promote new solutions for reuse.
6. Work with Business Analysis and Solution Engineering functions and support functional & technical requirements management, including driving software selection processes


Experience required
Successful candidates will have expertise spanning all architecture layers (technology, applications, information and business process) and will have previously interacted across several areas of an enterprise with business leaders and the IS teams that support them. Essentially they must be able to demonstrable the successful delivery of tangible outcomes with significant business value. Candidates will have demonstrated
* successful delivery of an information & systems roadmap (taking ownership and driving end to end)
* subject matter expertise in technologies around enterprise search, semantics and taxonomy (ie collect, mashup, enrich, index, search)
* current insight, knowledge and experience in delivering Information & System Architecture blueprints
* ability to speak with informed authority about external industry standards and blueprints (values and challenges) in the space of enterprise search
* working in a global organisation with complex/geographical context
* strong communication, influencing and negotiating skills, operating to VP level
* strong relationship and team building skills Background
* Bachelors degree in Computer Science with 10+ years experience in software solutions delivery with 5+ years as solution architect
* Degree or experience in life sciences is an asset Soft competencies
* Consistently applies enterprise architecture principles and assets to the design of new solutions and services in response to business requirements using technologies and components that are adaptable to changing business conditions.
* Understands, communicates and ensures the impact of evolving standards on enterprise-wide systems are considered and acted upon.
* Engages with project teams to ensure assets are leveraged effectively when developing solutions and services to ensure focus on long-term benefits and value realisation.
* Communicates the benefit and value and the impact of enterprise architecture standards and assets to non- IS/IT personnel in a way that is understandable.
* Utilises business acumen in working with business leaders to design improved services, processes and assets for effective knowledge and information dissemination.
* Ensures the availability, integrity and searchability of knowledge and information through the application of formal data structures and protection measures.
* Maintains an active awareness of external standards and applies in an AstraZeneca context to ensure integrity of data and ability to manipulate across partners and external bodies. Proven experience in a significant number of the following technical domains
* Search, Semantics and taxonomy (e.g. Autonomy, SchemaLogic)
* Integration technologies (e.g. SOA, ETL)
* Process Modelling (BPMN)
* Information Modelling (e.g. Enterprise Architect, System Architect)
* Software architecture (.Net and/or J2EE)
* Enterprise architecture tools (including Asset management) (e.g. TROUX, Essential)
* Enterprise Content Management (e.g. Documentum, Sharepoint)
* Analytical tools (e.g. Tibco Spotfire, SAS, Business Objects)
* Collaboration tools (e.g. MS OneNote)
* Database architecture (e.g. Oracle)
Reference number: 602491