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Senior Solution Architect

Location Macclesfield, England, United Kingdom Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States Job ID R-145258 Date posted 05/08/2022

Senior Solution Architect

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, architecting and designing Data & AI solutions?  Would you like to apply your expertise to impact the Data & AI strategy and execution 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, innovation-driven BioPharmaceutical business 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. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration. Always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development.


We lead AstraZeneca’s transformation, fusing our digital and data capabilities with backing from the business to make it happen. Applying our skills for good, we feel a pride like no other as we positively impact patients across the world. Accelerate the business forward as we power the core functions to work better and faster. By partnering across the business, we’re using our leading technologies and exploring data to make improved decisions and help the business to reach the right outcomes, quicker. Working with new technologies in our ever-changing environment we never stand still. We challenge, innovate and break away from the norm to find bold new ways of approaching the everyday. Always focused on leading the way for sustainable digital healthcare. This cannot be done alone. Empowerment and working together as one, go in hand in hand. Giving our diverse team of specialists the freedom to explore and express their ideas and views. There’s no better place to continuously expand knowledge and develop with our two-way feedback loop and novel roles. A place to realise the true impact data and digital can make.


The role will work closely with Business Product Owners, Business Technology Groups, Data Scientists, Information Architects and Data and AI Engineers. The role will be accountable for the architecture and design across the operational and analytical systems within the Enterprise Data and AI domain, ensuring a holistic Business, Application, Information and Infrastructure architecture for Data and AI solutions and services. 

  • Analyse business Data and AI priorities, strategies and requirements and translate these into reusable architecture artefacts for the enterprise
  • Prepare or review architectural solutions and patterns defined within architecture blueprints and roadmaps
  • Act as an authority to the architecture community and the business regarding current architecture decisions for Data & AI 
  • Define how data will be stored, consumed, integrated and managed by different data entities and IT systems, as well as any applications using or processing that data in some way
  • Provide oversight for engineering activity and transition to service for data build, reporting & analytics build and initial point of contact for Data & AI architecture queries / change requests
  • Refine Data & AI architecture standards and patterns as required and ensure they are in alignment with the enterprise
  • Contribute to the development of Architecture Roadmaps (1-3 Year horizon)
  • Ensure continuous alignment of objectives, key results capabilities with AstraZeneca business priorities and objectives
  • Contributing member of multi-functional decision-making bodies such as the Enterprise Architectural Review Board.
  • Engage with a network of architecture subject matter experts within and outside of AstraZeneca to remain up to date with latest trends and technologies in Data & AI
  • Analyse IT industry and market trends and determine potential impact upon enterprise
  • Establish partnerships with key Data & AI technology suppliers
  • Provide thought leadership and advanced technical expertise for enterprise Data & AI architecture across IT
  • Drive the continuous development of the Architecture Capability within IT, by championing and encouraging best practice, governance and standards sharing
  • Partner closely with Data & AI service/engineering teams in creating and refining architecture patterns, designs and blueprints 

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Bachelors Degree or equivalent number of years of experience in a Computer Science or Data Management related field 
  • The role holder will possess a blend of data architecture, AI architecture, data analysis, and engineering skills 
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of Data & AI solutions 
  • Able to contribute to Data & AI strategic vision and planning  
  • Experience in known industry architectural patterns and reference architectures
  • Understands cloud-based containerization strategies for hybrid cloud environments 
  • Understanding the appropriate data structure and technology based on business use case 
  • Experience in the use of data modeling technologies 
  • Experience in the use of metadata cataloguing tools  
  • Experience in Agile data definition scrums 


  • Post-graduate degree in MIS, Data Management 
  • Extensive-experience in a data architect role with practical examples of designing and providing data engineering blueprints that have been pragmatically and actually implemented 


We’re a network of entrepreneurial self-starters who contribute to something far bigger. There’s a diversity of expertise in our Technology group that’s unique to AstraZeneca – it allows us to dive deep into

exploring new groundbreaking technology. We enable AstraZeneca to perform at its peak by delivering world-class technology and data solutions. Our work unlocks the potential of science. We optimise and evolutionise AstraZeneca by maximising efficiencies and finding new ways to drive productivity. From automation to data simplification. We’re not afraid to take ownership and run with it. Empowered with unrivalled freedom. A place to be open and transparent – we speak up, think creatively and share ideas. Our diverse contributions help us to make better decisions. But we have a constant drive to innovate,

and an appreciation for high standards. It takes challenging the status quo to add value in our ever-evolving environment. We love it here because put simply, we make a meaningful impact.

Technology at AstraZeneca is a home for purposeful disruptors!


Are you already imagining 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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Competitive salary & benefits on offer.

Open Date: 06/08/2022
Close Date: 06/09/2022

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.

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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