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Associate Director - Engineering Lead

Location Bengaluru, Karnataka, India Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Job ID R-194793 Date posted 02/04/2024

Job Title - Associate Director - Engineering Lead

Career Level - F

Leverage technology to impact patients and ultimately save lives

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, information technology? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the IT strategy in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? If so, AstraZeneca might be the one for you!


AstraZeneca is a global, science-led, patient-focused biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s most serious disease. But we’re more than one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work.


It’s a dynamic and results-oriented environment to work in – but that’s why we like it. There are countless opportunities to learn and grow, whether that’s exploring new technologies in hackathons, or redefining the roles and work of colleagues, forever. Shape your own path, with support all the way. Diverse minds that work cross- functionally and broadly together.

At AstraZeneca, we're not just about creating life-changing medicines; we're about creating a culture of innovation and collaboration. We have taken on an ambitious goal of revolutionizing antibody discovery by significantly reducing the time it takes to discover a clinical candidate using world-class technology and advanced data & AI capabilities. To support this initiative, we are building Biologics Discovery Platform within the R&DIT. We're looking for an Engineering Lead who can build and manage teams of engineers developingcutting-edge data, AI, and software softwaresolutions.If youare someone who isa hands-on full stack engineer, technology enthusiast as well as a people manager, then this is the role for you!

  • Manage and develop teams of software engineersfoccussed on multipledomainswithin the platform

  • Responsible for designing and implementing software-based solutions to make our science easier to do, easier to learn from, and offer faster delivery and higher quality biologics and antibodies.

  • Design and build novel software and data products and enhance existing solutions to addresses challenges of biologics drug discovery with a focus on producing amazing user experiences that are more than the sum of their parts.

  • Collaborate with ML data science, bioinformaticians, and lab scientists’ teams to build cutting-edge experiences and services

  • Propose and implement changes to data models, core software architecture, and codebase that are ready for scale, highly secure, and cost optimized

  • Develop all levels of the technical stack in cloud even if you’re more experienced in some layers

  • Advocate and advance modern, agile software development practices and help develop and evangelize a vibrant software engineering culture

  • Support more junior/less experienced software engineers by mentoring, feedback, and hands-on career development

  • Collaborate in the transformation of an estate of siloed systems into an ecosystem that delivers great user experiences

  • Plan, implement and support core infrastructure with an overall objective to improve the scalability, reliability, performance, and availability

  • Advocate for rigorous engineering practices and discipline: code reviews, test-driven development, full Ci/CD with automated testing, logging, monitoring, alerting, etc.

  • Passionate to stay on top of tech trends, experiment with and learn new technologies, participate in internal & external technology communities, and mentor other members of the engineering community

  • Working with cutting edge technology stack in cloud environment and identifying opportunities for modernisation

  • Technically lead the team and act as an subject matter expert on all levels of the stack and SDLC.

  • Building a highly performant team by leading hiring, developing, and mentoring

  • Aligning, prioritising with product owner and other key stakeholders


The role requires senior-level technical skills, and we consider the below as essential capabilities:

  • Experience designing, implementing software applications in at least one backend programming language, e.g., Python, NodeJS, Java.

  • Experience building web app front ends using one of the web frameworks; e.g, Angular, React, VueJS.

  • Solid experience using relational databases and NoSQL databases with an emphasis on performance optimization techniques and handling big data

  • Experience in performance tuning SQL and building ETL pipelines for large scale data movement

  • Experience of data analysis – profiling, investigating, interpreting, and documenting data structures

  • Extensive experience in troubleshooting data issues, analyzing end to end data pipelines and in working with users in resolving issues

  • A Solid experience in consuming or exposing web services (i.e. REST, gRPC) using microservices and modular monolithic architecture.

  • Design, develop, and deploy production-grade scalable products and applications using container technologies like Docker and Kubernetes.

  • Experience delivering CI/CD pipelines(Jenkins, ArgoCD, TravisCI) for multiple production applications.

  • Experience in creating and critically evaluating data architecture and multi-tier applications in the cloud

  • Excellent verbal and written skills for effective communication with a variety of personas including, engineers, testers, architects, product managers, business analysts, scientists, etc.

The following skills would be advantageous for your application but are not considered essential:

  • A background in Biology/Bioinformatics or related fields or experience working in a life science domain

  • Experience working in Agile environment within SCRUM teams

  • Experience building and deploying applications in AWS


We’re a network of high-reaching self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering premier technology and data solutions.

We’re not afraid to take ownership and run with it. Empowered with unrivalled freedom. Put simply, it’s because we make a significant impact. Everything we do matters.


Are you already envisioning yourself joining our team? Good, because we’d love to hear from you! Click the link to apply and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.


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We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status

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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