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Manager, Solutions Architect (Analytics and Digital Innovation)

Company: Novartis Group Companies
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:


Manager, Solutions Architect (Analytics and Digital Innovation)

Job Description

6000! That's the number of associates in the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). This division is the innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

This opportunity is located at the Novartis (NIBR) Cambridge, MA site, and will not have the ability to be located remotely.

The Digital Innovation and Analytics group in NIBR Scientific Operations supports a diverse group of functions directly supporting the scientific research community. Spanning across coordinating and conducting invivo research, ensuring scientists are supplied with critical consumables, chemicals and managing compliance to controlled substances and other sensitive materials. The goal and mission of our team is to lead and enable thee digital transformation across these spaces with deep data insights and innovative solutions.

You will be collaborating with these functions and the research community to uncover opportunities to increase the connectivity of our systems and data, discover data-driven recommendations to improve the quality and efficacy of our services, and create novel and creative solutions to impact the speed and quality of our drug discovery mission. While the current digital portfolio is strong and robust, there are always opportunities to identify and deliver innovation to support our scientists in a better way!

What will you be responsible for

* Build deep understanding of SciOps functional areas and relevant scientific community operations in order to meaningfully translate customer needs into scalable and deployable solutions
* Engage with global and cross-functional colleagues to uncover opportunities to transform data into actionable insights and analytics
* Actively participate in and influence discussions around end-user requirements, design, and infrastructure
* Proactively lead initiatives across the technology landscape to identify new emerging trends and technologies
* Create, develop, configure and maintain technology solutions required for PoCs, iterating or pivoting as required
* Provide technical leadership to support broader innovation team conversations with the business
* Engage with Functional Area leadership to introduce and ideate innovative solutions focused on enhancing and improving end user experience and operational efficiency
* Build long-term relationships with our Scientific Operations teams to support the development of Digital Innovation and Analytics in their teams over the long-term

* Solutions Development Specialty
o Develop advanced data visualizations leveraging both established guidelines and custom designs
o Develop bespoke business workflow solutions using Office 365, AWS, and Databricks platforms
o Create complex formulas and calculations within visualization software and backend databases to meet the needs of complex business logic
o Use strong SQL skills to create and maintain the data transformation processes feeding the Scientific Operations Centralized Data Lake and analytics solutions
o Follow rigorous and structured testing, iteration, and feedback gathering processes to ensure user adoption and continuous improvement of products
* Data and Infrastructure Specialty
o Contributes to developing and monitoring the organization's technology architecture and future technology vision. Develop reports in conjunction with the Solution Developer which demonstrate business opportunities and road map strategies that add business value.
o Design, implement, integrate, and support software in a multi-tiered, multi-platform environment
o Install, configure, and develop programs and related distributed system software on multiple mainframe/distributed hardware/software environments. Collaborate and consult with application development teams to determine platform selection, efficient transaction design, and use.
o Manage and maintain backend infrastructure for productive solutions; upgrade, scale, and troubleshoot to support business needs

EEO Statement

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum requirements

What you'll need:

* Bachelor's degree in a STEM field or equivalent experience (Data Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, etc.); Master's degree is preferred
* Generally curious person with interest in exploring and building a deep understanding of the SciOps functions and NIBR R&D process beyond only what is required for individual tasks
* Knowledge of developing and deploying PoCs using IoT, ML, AI, and other novel technologies
* Expertise in visual analytics design and development, preferably in TIBCO Spotfire
* Expertise with relational databases (Oracle, SAP, pgSQL) and ETL processes (Python, Scala)
* Expertise with cloud environments and technologies, primarily AWS (RDS, EC2, VPC, Lambda)
* Expertise in programming skills in Linux Shell/CLI, Python, Powershell, etc
* Experience in full stack development Python, Flask, React, etc.
* Experience with enabling modern deep learning software architectures and frameworks including Tensorflow, PyTorch or other frameworks
* 3+ years in analytics development performing both visualization and data aggregation
* 5+ years in operations and/or customer focused role

Why Novartis?
769 million. That's how many lives our products touched in 2020. And while we're proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people's lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you're given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you're empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you're surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world's toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations : Individuals in need of a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or disability for any part of the application process, or to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to or call +1 (877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.

Vaccine Policy : While Novartis does not require vaccination at this time, for certain Novartis sites in the US all associates and candidates may be required to either upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccine card demonstrating proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (or other similar evidence of vaccination) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken by the associate or candidate within the past seven days to enter any of our sites and/or customer office or healthcare facility, as well as prior to participating in other work related off-site meetings. Employees working in customer-facing roles must adhere to and comply with customers' (such as hospitals, physician offices, etc.) credentialing guidelines, which may require vaccination. As required by applicable law, Novartis will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. This requirement is subject to applicable state and local laws and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions. Please send accommodation requests to

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Work Location

Cambridge, MA

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Functional Area

Research & Development

Job Type

Full Time

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Shift Work


Early Talent


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