Accelerate Pharmaceutical Development Platform Lead


Job Title: Accelerate Pharmaceutical Development Platform Lead

Introduction to role:

Join us in Early Science, where our highly skilled scientists experiment and support complex drug projects in a diverse and innovative environment. The Accelerated Pharmaceutical Development (APD) platform is a key player in this process, driving digitization across two business areas that deliver AstraZeneca’s chemistry, manufacturing, and controls (CMC). This role is a chance to lead requests for cloud development environments and resources, enabling the business to evaluate potential new ideas and move them quickly to production. 


As the APD Platform Lead, you will be at the helm of a multi-functional team of Project Managers, Business Analysts, and engineers distributed around the world. Your role will involve collaborating with scientists to understand and estimate requirements, providing tailored solutions using technology that best fits the solution in a way that is operationally stable and balanced. You will drive the technical direction of the platform, ensuring we have the right technology to enable our labs and scientists to work efficiently and accurately. 

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 8+ years of relevant experience
  • Shown experience as a Software Developer, Architect, DevOps Engineer, Programmer, or equivalent.
  • Life sciences experience, particularly within Research & Development Labs
  • Technically proficient and curious, with a passion to explore, iterate, fail, and learn.
  • Previous work as a software engineer at a senior level and have led a team of hard-working 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)
  • Confident in leading Engineers on standard processes on technology or key architectural concepts as needed.
  • Understanding of the importance of sustainability and comfortable to have trade off conversations around technical debt.
  • Highly skilled in modern DevOps culture / practices with confirmed experience of Cloud based environments.

When we put unexpected teams the same room, we unleash bold thinking with the power to inspire life-changing medicines. In-person working gives us the platform we need to connect, work at pace and challenge perceptions. That’s why we work, on average, a minimum of three days per week from the office. But that’t mean we’re not flexible. We balance the expectation of being in the office while respecting individual flexibility. Join us in our unique and ambitious world.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca, you will do important work that connects across the whole business to power each function to better influence patient outcomes and improve their lives. You will play an increasingly crucial role in driving disruptive transformation on our journey to becoming a digital and data-led enterprise. You will work in synergy with leading experts in our specialist communities. Here we bring the brightest minds to bear, with access to ground breaking techniques and the opportunity to be part of novel solutions. We are dedicated to combining the science with our knowledge, to deliver greater value for patients, every day.

Ready to make an impact? Apply now!

Date Posted


Closing Date

17-Apr-2024Our mission is to build an inclusive and equitable environment. We want people to feel they belong at AstraZeneca and Alexion, starting with our recruitment process. We welcome and consider applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of characteristics. We offer reasonable adjustments/accommodations to help all candidates to perform at their best. If you have a need for any adjustments/accommodations, please complete the section in the application form.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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