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Principal Data Architect - Roche Information Solutions (RIS)


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The Position

Who We Are

At Roche, we are passionate about transforming patients’ lives, and we are bold in both decision and action - we believe that good business means a better world. That is why we come to work every single day. We commit ourselves to scientific accuracy, unassailable ethics, and access to medical innovations for all. We do this today to build a better tomorrow. Are you seeking a meaningful job? Then come aboard!

The Opportunity

We are looking for a highly motivated data architect to provide leadership and own the blueprint for PIxSA (Provider Insights Software Applications) data management and analytics. The applications in the PIxSA’s portfolio consist of regulated, non-regulated, clinical and commercial products with the potential to reach a +1M-user base.

This is a key leadership role for someone who has lived in the data world both cloud and on-prem and has profound experience with healthcare interoperability. Experience with design, development, integration, implementation, and migration of healthcare products and solutions is required. The ideal candidate should have a point of view and speak to data architectures with authority and back it up with detailed technical knowledge and experience.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Analyze and propose architectures for data related projects, data and analytics platform management and well as data interoperability across Roche’s internal and external entities and applications

  • Lead the design of interoperable healthcare data repositories with focus on security and HIPAA, PCI, or GDPR compliance

  • Secure data and analytic assets: Aid in the analysis of data and analytics security requirements and solutions. Work with the cybersecurity and data privacy team to ensure that enterprise data and analytics assets are treated as protected assets

  • Create information solutions covering data security, data privacy, data governance, metadata management, multi-tenancy and mixed workload management

  • Ensure data architecture consistency across PIxSA’s portfolio of applications

  • Mentor junior developers and champion the adoption of the proposed technologies

  • Prototype solutions to validate ideas, design assumptions and other aspects of a product

Who you are

We are looking for a motivated and committed person able to inspire our team oriented towards the values of passion, integrity and courage!

Moreover you bring:

  • B.Sc. in information technology, computer science or a related field - M.Sc. preferred

  • 8+ years of industry experience: proven work experience as a Data Architect, Data Engineer or similar role with progressively increasing responsibility

  • Profound knowledge of healthcare standards (such as HL7's Version 2.x messaging standard), interoperability (e.g. FHIR)

  • 5+ years of in-depth experience with No-SQL (e.g. MongoDB, HBase, Cassandra, Couchbase) and SQL design and principles

  • 5+ years of demonstrated ability in designing, developing, and documenting the processing of healthcare data at scale

  • Solid (ideally certified) knowledge of the AWS ecosystem and experience with one or more of the following AWS products: S3, EC2, EMR, Redshift

  • Hands-on experience with operationalizing Big Data applications (e.g. administration, configuration management, monitoring, debugging, and performance tuning)

  • Practical experience with Java or Python with expertise in at least one, and familiarity with reactive programming

  • Understanding across Cloud and infrastructure components (server, storage, network, data, and applications)

  • Expertise in understanding data relationships and can design data models that reflects these relationships and facilitates efficient ingestion, processing and consumption of data

  • Ability to communicate, influence and persuade peers and leadership.

  • Capacity to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations

  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of new technologies and eagerness to work in a fast-paced agile development environment

Must haves:

  • Knowledge of healthcare data standards, regulations, privacy and security implications in a regulated industry

  • Ability to be hands-on to develop working prototypes

  • Superb communication skills and ability to both translate functional requirements into technical specifications and influence non-technical stakeholders

Nice to haves:

  • Previous experience in the pharmaceutical/healthcare industry or for a top software consultancy

  • Holding the AWS Solution Architect Associate certificate is a clear asset

  • Project management experience


You will be encouraged to demonstrate the [email protected] dimensions and help evolve the functions culture beliefs and bring [email protected] to life, as part of the TransformD journey. The dimensions are:

  • We are passionate about our customers and patients

  • We radically simplify

  • We trust, collaborate & have fun

  • We ALL lead

  • We experiment & learn

Are you ready to apply? We want someone who thinks beyond the job offered - someone who knows that this position can be an outstanding opportunity to shape the future of Diagnostics.

Roche is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Therefore, we will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. We strive to build teams that represent a range of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Embracing diversity enables us to create a phenomenal place to work and to innovate for patients.

Who We Are

Genentech, a member of the Roche group and founder of the biotechnology industry, is dedicated to pursuing groundbreaking science to discover and develop medicines for people with serious and life-threatening diseases. To solve the world's most complex health challenges, we ask bigger questions that challenge our industry and the boundaries of science to transform society. Our transformational discoveries include the first targeted antibody for cancer and the first medicine for primary progressive multiple sclerosis.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We believe that by championing diversity of background, thought and experience, we can foster a sense of belonging and provide an environment where every employee feels valued, included, and able to contribute their best for the patients we serve. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work.

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