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Consultant - FS Java

Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Job ID R-181802 Date posted 06/02/2024

JOB TITLE: Senior Consultant


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.


Are you an experienced software engineer looking for an exciting new challenge? Then why not join our R&D IT Solution Delivery team and play a pivotal role in modernising systems and processes enabling drug discovery in or Early Science Drug Discovery program.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a senior engineer to advance modern software development practices within our team (DevOps/CI/CD/automated testing), building a bespoke/COTS integrated software framework (on-premise/cloud/COTS) which will accelerate the ability of AZ scientists to develop new drug candidates for unmet patient needs.

To achieve this goal we need a strong senior individual to work with teams of engineers, as well as engage and influence other global teams within Solution Delivery to ensure that our priorities are aligned with the needs of our science.  The successful candidate will be a hands-on coder, passionate about software development and also willing to coach and enable wider teams to grow and expand their software delivery capabilities and skills.

At AstraZeneca we believe in the potential of our people and you'll develop beyond what you thought possible. We make the most of your skills and passion by actively supporting you to see what you can achieve in your wider career aspirations.

What you’ll do.

The role will encompass a variety of approaches with the aim of simplifying and streamlining scientific workflows, data and applications, while advancing the use of AI and automation for use by scientists.  Working alongside platform lead, architect, BA, Project manager and informaticians you will be working to understand, devise technical solutions, estimate and deliver and run operationally sustainable platform software. You need to use your technical acumen to determine an optimal balance between COTS and home-grown solutions and own their lifecycles and roadmap.

Our delivery teams are distributed across multiple locations and as Senior Engineer you will need to coordinate activities of technical internal and contract employees. You must be capable of working with others, driving ownership of solutions, showing humility while striving to enable the development of platform technical team members in our journey. You will raise expectations within the whole team, solve complex technical problems and work alongside complementary delivery platforms while aligning solutions with scientific and data strategies and target architecture.

Skills & Capabilities

The role requires strong technical skills and we consider the below essential capabilities:

  •  8-12 years of experience with excellent knowledge in Java version1.8, Core Java and Spring framework, Spring boot, etc

  •  Experience on handling the webservers (Ex: Weblogic/Tomcat )

  •  Programming/scripting skills and experience (ex: Shell Scripting, Python, Java script, Bash)

  •  Experience in working with Object Oriented Programming

  •  Experience in Micro Services

  •  Experience with building RESTful services.

  •  Extensive skill in SQL - preferable database Oracle

  •  Experience on code repository setup (GIT), code build tools (Mavan)

  •  Experience on creating and deploying Java war files to Tomcat.

  •  Experiences in deployment tools (Jenkins, Hudson or any other tools)

  •  Experiences in CI/CD pipeline implementation

  •  Experiences in containerizing the application with Docker and Kubernetes.

  •  Experiences on AWS -EC2, RDS, S3, Dynamic nodes etc..

  •  Analytical and debugging skill is a must.

  •  Experience with production support and handling tickets.

  •  Should have worked in distributed agile model and continuous integration.

  •  Demonstrate ability to apply technical knowledge to multiple systems and support multiple business groups and applications.

  •  Any experience in the biopharma industry would be a bonus.

  •  Bachelor’s degree(s).

  •  Excellent communication and facilitation skills, with the ability to work with others to achieve objectives.

  •  Should have worked in a team and guided them with technical issues.

  •  Good team player, and the attitude to work with the highest integrity.

The below attributes are advantageous but not explicit requirements for the role.

  • Experiences in developing the UI applications using JavaScript, HTML5, CSS, Angular & Node JS.

  • Experience with ITSM toolsets like ServiceNow

  • Understanding of/integration with commercial off the shelf systems like LIMS, eLN

  • Understanding of analytics tools such as TIBCO Spotfire, D360, Genedata

  • Working with fast paced research and informatics environments

  • Experience in pharma or biotech is an advantage but not a prerequisite

  • API migration experience

Education Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Maths, Computer Science, Information Science, or equivalent degree is preferred. We will consider self-taught engineers without a formal education given that you have evidence of rich history of software engineering.

Experience Requirements:

  • 7+ years on software delivery projects, ideally involving teams in multiple locations

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognising their potential. Join us on our journey of building a new kind of organisation to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we’re opening new ways to work, pioneering cutting edge methods and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our journey.

So, what’s next! Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you.


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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