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Platform Owner - Data & Analytics

Posted date Jul. 10, 2024
Contract type Full time
Job ID R-204609
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Why choose AstraZeneca Spain?

AstraZeneca Spain is a rising force in our global business. With headquarters in Madrid and our global hub in Barcelona, we’ve become an important international centre of excellence in the fight against critical disease. Boasting vibrant universities and business schools, the Barcelona ecosystem is a place where scientists can thrive. We attract a diverse workforce from across the globe, shining a beacon for innovation in a country that’s committed to clinical development.

We invite you to bring your talents to Barcelona where our respiratory medicine R&D and Global Marketing centre offers opportunities in R&D, IT, Commercial and HR. Or join us in Madrid and shape our growth in our BUs (Respiratory, Oncology & CVRM ), and a range of Corporate functions. Additionally, you can find sales roles throughout the country. Together, we’re contributing to a world-leading pipeline of therapeutics and delivering life-changing medicines to patients.

Who do we look for?

Calling all tech innovators, ownership takers, challenge seekers and proactive collaborators. At AstraZeneca Spain, breakthroughs born in the lab become transformative medicine for the world's most complex diseases. Alongside technical expertise, colleagues have the resilience, energy and collaborative mindset to change lanes, work with different teams and start projects from scratch.

Here, diverse minds and bold disruptors can meaningfully impact the future of healthcare using cutting-edge technology. Whether you join us in Madrid or Barcelona, you can make a tangible impact within a global biopharmaceutical company that invests in your future. Join a talented global team that's powering AstraZeneca to better serve patients every day.

Success Profile

Ready to make an impact in your career? If you're passionate, growth-orientated and a true team player, we'll help you succeed. Here are some of the skills and capabilities we look for.

Diverse collaborators

This is a speak-up culture that values collaboration. You’ll proactively bring your unique perspectives, experiences and skills to the table and seek the same from others. With our international team composition and the need for fast-paced collaboration, you’ll always be building new connections with colleagues.

Cutting-edge innovators

When you join us, you’ll be part of a team that embraces digital technology and data to transform the way we work and the work we do. Every day, you’ll help make history, empowered to ignite your creativity and build something enduring.

Resilient trailblazers

Here, the answers aren’t always available. So, you’ll need to bring a fearless, self-starter mindset to navigate uncharted territories. You’ll harness your ceaseless energy to discover and make the necessary connections with colleagues to shape the future and achieve maximum impact.

Agile movers

Seize ownership and excel with autonomy to enjoy the constant rush of ground-breaking discovery. Your ability to anticipate sudden shifts and adapt swiftly will prove critical as you make your mark in an environment that rewards initiative and resilience.


Job ID R-204609 Date posted 07/10/2024

About the Operations IT Team:

Operations IT is a global IT capability supporting the Global Operations organisation. We business partner with Operations capability areas: Pharmaceutical Technology Development, Manufacturing & Global Engineering, Quality Control, Sustainability, Supply Chain, Logistics and Global External Sourcing and Procurement. We operate out of Operations hub sites including in the UK, Sweden, US, and China; and out of our Global Technology Centres in India and Mexico.

Here our work has a direct impact on patients – transforming our ability to develop life-changing medicines. We empower the business to perform at its peak and lead a new way of working, combining cutting-edge science with leading digital technology platforms and data. All with a passion to impact lives through data, analytics, AI, machine learning and more.

Introduction to the role:

We are looking for a Platform Owner to join our Data, Analytics & AI group for Operations IT. You will be responsible for leading development, delivery and maintenance of the data & analytics platforms, infrastructure and innovating by bringing in thought leadership on technology partnering with on business on proof of concepts and pilots.  


Leadership & Strategy

  • Provide strategic leadership to a team of talented engineers, fostering a culture of collaboration and innovation, and enabling people to be at their best.

  • Guide the development, execution, and implementation of a roadmaps for data foundation platforms.

  • Assess current state of platforms, define future state needs, identifygaps and recommend new technology solutions and strategic business execution improvements and support product roadmap development consistent with the overall strategic needs.

  • Understand data mesh and data product WoW, apply technology and tools to improve data product WoW.

Data Foundation Platforms

  • Oversee the design, implementation, and optimization of robust DataFoundation services and platforms to ensure delivery.

  • Responsible for both PlatformOps and Finops.

  • Manage and optimize the technology stack, ensuring alignment with security, architecture, compliance, and performance standards.

  • Provide technical knowledge of engineering principles and their application to developing reliable and high-quality Data & Analytics platforms that satisfy customer needs and business requirements.

  • Ensure the creation and maintenance of comprehensive documentation, including standard operating procedures, user guides and best practices.

  • Ensure automation is at the heart of our processes and technologies to ensure effective and responsive delivery timeframes.

  • Work on funding proposals describing vale and ROI in return for internal investment.


  • Drive innovation by staying informed about technology trends and thought leadership. Collaborate with business stakeholders on proof of concepts and pilots.

  • Identify opportunities for innovation and promote initiatives to enhance the data foundation platform's capabilities and efficiency.

Team Development

  • Recruit, mentor, and develop a high-performing team of engineers, fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth.

  • Provide guidance on technical challenges and ensure professional development opportunities for team members.

Stakeholder Collaboration

  • Act as a liaison between IT and Business Units, fostering strong communication and understanding.

  • Oversight of partnerships with multiple third parties, academic or outsourced partners to shape and drive project outcomes and knowledge building.

  • Partner with enterprise platform teams and architecture to ensure alignment and influence stakeholders to align with our requirements, technology and functionality.

Quality Assurance

  • Implement and oversee robust quality assurance processes to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and security of data.

  • Establish and monitor key performance indicators to measure the effectiveness of the data foundationplatforms.

Essential Skills/Experience:

  • Extensive experience in implementation & management of data, analytics & AI platforms.

  • Extensive experience in CloudOps, DevOps, DataOps and infrastructure setup and maintenance

  • Strong knowledge of BI landscape, data warehouse solutions, including cloud data warehouses such e.g. Snowflake etc. 

  • Strong experience with cloud platforms and services, e.g. AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with diverse teams and stakeholders and experience with Agile development methodologies

  • Influencer and negotiator who can align executives and senior stakeholders to a shared vision and roadmap with compelling communications & presentations regardless of the chosen medium.

  • A passion for technology and continuous improvement.

  • A solid understanding of data management concepts.

  • Strategic thinking – understanding challenges, opportunities through evolving technology/methodology and formulating into tangible roadmaps with clear business value.

  • Leadership abilities, with a proven history of continually growing and motivating teams

  • Experience writing, executing, scheduling SQL queries.

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, Information Technology, or a related field.

  • Experience in Data Foundation technologies (e.g., Snowflake, dbt,Data Catalogue (e.g., Collibra), Data Quality (e.g. monte Carlo) & integration tools like Fivetran, snaplogic, Qlikreplicate.)

Desirable Skills/Experience:

  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, particularly around data requirements and compliance standards (GXP, GDPR, SoX etc).

  • High project management skills, including the ability to plan multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and deliver good outcomes.

When we put unexpected teams in 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 doesn'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.

At AstraZeneca, we are dedicated to combining science with our knowledge to deliver greater value for patients every day. We take data seriously and are driven by the impact we know we can have. Here, you will have the opportunity to work in synergy with leading experts in our specialist communities, using our diverse experiences to expand our knowledge and access game-changing data. We are continuously drawing on our existing and expanding knowledge to adapt with the technology environment. Join us as we work towards becoming a digital and data-led enterprise.

Ready to embrace novel and varied challenges working across the business? Apply now to be part of our team!

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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Reasons to Join

Thomas Mathisen

There are many things I enjoy when working at AstraZeneca, mainly the Speak up culture, the great colleagues that are in my teams, the great products that AstraZeneca provides to our patients and the challenging conversations I have around our medicines.

Sales Representative Oslo, Norway

There are many things I enjoy when working at AstraZeneca, mainly the Speak up culture, the great colleagues that are in my teams, the great products that AstraZeneca provides to our patients and the challenging conversations I have around our medicines.

Christine Recchio

Working at AstraZeneca has impacted my life in such a positive way. I now have an improved work-life balance through creating my own schedule and time management, I feel a balance that I didn’t have before.

Sales Representative California, United States

Working at AstraZeneca has impacted my life in such a positive way. I now have an improved work-life balance through creating my own schedule and time management, I feel a balance that I didn’t have before.

Stephanie Ling

There are a lot of reasons why I enjoy working in AstraZeneca, my colleagues being one of them. My team members and the managers have provided a great deal of guidance in helping me to be more confident in my daily work.

Sales Representative Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

There are a lot of reasons why I enjoy working in AstraZeneca, my colleagues being one of them. My team members and the managers have provided a great deal of guidance in helping me to be more confident in my daily work.

What we offer

We're driven by our shared values of serving people, society and the planet. Our people make this possible, which is why we prioritise diversity, inclusivity, balance and sustainability. Discover what a career at AstraZeneca could mean for you.

An award-winning company

We're passionate about being a great place to work, and 84% of our employees would recommend us as an employer. We've been recognised as a Top Employer in Spain, an EFR Family Responsible Business, and we achieved third place in Forbes Spain's Top 50 Best Places to Work list.

Inclusive environment

Diversity and inclusion are embedded in everything we do, and our different views, experiences and strengths enrich our culture. There's no salary gap at AstraZeneca, and the number of female employees has increased by four per cent over the last three years. We've also made all positions fully accessible.

Work-life balance

Your wellbeing means a lot to us, and we're here to support you through all of life's ups and downs. That's why we offer an unpaid leave policy, annual leave, reduced-hours timetables and a host of benefits, including a retirement plan, long service award, and health and travel insurance.

Sustainability initiatives

We're committed to harnessing the power of science to become a more sustainable business. We've reduced our carbon footprint by over 9,000 kg of CO2 over the last two years, and we lead the European GoGreen Project, which aims to introduce environmentally friendly options in our fleet of corporate vehicles.

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