Sr. Director, Private Cloud Architect


Palo Alto, CA

Industry: Biotech/Pharma


Not Specified years

Posted 294 days ago

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Position Profile

Jazz Pharmaceuticals is looking for an experienced Principal Architect with proven skills as an infrastructuretechnology leader and with a passion for our mission “to improve the lives of patients in all that we do.” The Principal Architect must have a deep understanding of our business needs with the ability to translate them into scalable technical and operational architectures across new and emerging platforms. He/she will be responsible for assessing current infrastructure platform capabilities against current and future needs, resulting in a future state architecture (including service design & sustainability, technology platforms and vendor engagement) and roadmap. The architect is responsible for developing technical solution options and recommendations, including technical and business value of the proposition with appropriate tradeoffs. He/she will possess a work style that promotes progress through collaborative teamwork in a dynamic environment. The candidate must be committed to delivering technology solutions with well-defined SLAs, requirements and risk mitigation plans, the highest levels of customer service, and to continuously improve process, product and performance improvements. Ultimately he/she is responsible for delivering business outcomes via digital platforms.

Job Responsibilities and Requirements:

  • This person will combine past experiences and expertise with industry trends and best practices to bring rigor and repeatability into system & platform design.
  • He/she will help mature the discipline of Infrastructure/System Design and Architecture and will evangelize the value of such discipline to the broader IT organization
  • He/she will be responsible for managing the Infrastructure Engineering team, providing thought leadership, collaboration, transparency and excellence.

Architecture and Design Responsibilities

  • Ensure architectural coherence across the infrastructure services developed by our infrastructure engineering and application teams, as well as encouraging best practices in application development using our platform services
  • Vet vendors and their offerings from an infrastructure service and cloud platform perspective to ensure best fit for Jazz business needs and service excellence.
  • This includes understanding risk to Jazz should there be issues based on vendor or platform performance, stability, supportability, day-to-day reliability for core infrastructure & security services, etc.
  • Ensure architectural success of IT Infrastructure & Security projects delivering or affecting critical services or platforms
  • Ensure project planning and delivery success for all IT Infrastructure & Security projects
  • Provide oversight, technical guidance and mentorship to engineers within the Jazz infrastructure engineering and partner ecosystem technical teams
  • Drive infrastructure engineering efforts around design, build and deploy
  • Maintain broad understanding of emerging technologies and their relevance/applicability to our organization. Ability to conceptualize and anticipate business challenges/opportunities to help plan future technologies. Provide hands-on technical expertise during design, development, implementation and testing of solutions for integrating new technologies.
  • Work as a core member of various IT architecture activities by collaborating with peers on projects and best practices
  • Define and evangelize best practices and ensure global consistency across systems design, codebase and service endpoints
  • Work with Operations teams as needed to troubleshoot vendor problems and facilitate quick resolution


  • Experienced in managing a diverse team of infrastructure engineers, creating a collaborative and transparent team environment, with a customer first mind set
  • Experienced in architecting, designing and building scalable and performant cloud infrastructure for solutions with high availability, extreme reliability, service availability, and patching without service downtime
  • Deep experience in cloud and on-premise infrastructures (e.g., corporate networks, enterprise authentication platforms, virtual server technologies, enterprise storage, etc.)
  • Prior vendor research, selection, due diligence and qualification with regard to their ability to render a server well as well as their underlying technical platforms
  • Prior vendor management experience with expertise in evaluating performance of vendors and holding vendors accountable to SLAs, optimizing contracts through negotiations and resolving reliability/dependency issues with vendor networks.
  • Experience with “on-premise to cloud” migrations for IT transformations.
  • Experience with full-lifecycle system deployment participating in all facets of development (requirements gathering, design, implementation, unit testing, system testing, release and on-going service management) Experience with system lifecycles where products are largely COTS and rely on vendors for configuration and on-going management with a focus on transitioning systems/platforms from “build” to “in-production” Proven ability to define technical strategy in partnership with the cross-functional business and IT Stakeholders. Excellent modeling skills (application, business capability, business process, integration, data) using standard notations
  • Strong presentation and communication skills with ability to engage and influence senior level staff Experience with technical leadership, program management, or people management
  • Demonstrated experience leading cross-functional teams through influence, collaboration, and coalition-building; and very comfortable in situations requiring constrained creativity to make sure we are solving business problems today without creating big problems tomorrow
  • Deep understanding of cloud platforms (AWS, GCP, Azure), cloud strategy (public, private, hybrid), storage, DNS, routing/switching, load balancing, firewalls and VoIP.

Additional Valuable Skills:

  • Pharmaceutical industry experience
  • Working in environments with high adoption of Cloud technologies
  • Experience in business of rapid change and growth

ID 2018-3424