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Senior Enterprise Architect

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Luton

Job Type: Full time


Senior Enterprise Architect

Do you have expertise in, and passion for, Architecture? Would you like to apply your expertise to impact 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.


As Architects, we connect the dots across the business to improve the agility and functionality of our processes to accelerate AstraZeneca to the next level. There’s so much potential to influence and inspire change, it’s a big challenge if you’re up for it. As champions of our Technology ecosystem, we make sure the rest of the business experiences the true benefits of our systems. Uniting diverse areas and simplifying the way we work, changing approaches and behaviours along the way – our reach goes beyond technology. It starts with a well-rounded view, connecting emerging trends with business ambitions and applying emotional intelligence to understand how we can guide the right way to work and behave. Across the enterprise and each technology domain we come together to find leading solutions that will provide the platform for AstraZeneca’s success. Change agents, we are always proactively hunting for new insights and problem-solving to identify better ways of doing things. Motivated by the opportunities to learn and grow, we move fast and drive forward. Lay the foundations for future technological and people-driven success across AstraZeneca.


The Senior Enterprise Architect will ensure that common architecture decisions support both business and IT strategy, and that architectures delivered are aligned with relevant AZ architecture standards, blueprints and roadmaps. The role will assess and review the work of both Enterprise and Solution architecture and create a balance between the immediate and the strategic. As a Senior Enterprise Architect in Enbaling Units, the role is focused on strategic planning typically over the 1-5 year horizon as well as project work. The role will be accountable for the development of architecture standards, domain IT strategy, roadmaps (1-5 years) and blueprints for one or more architecture focus areas, primarily in the Mergers & Acquisitions domain. The role will understand implications of architecture requirements to ‘As-Is’ architectures and define/update ‘To-Be’ architectures applying AZ architecture guiding principles. The Enterprise Architect will also support solution development efforts originating from portfolios, participate in and/or lead IT initiatives, domain groups and provide active guidance for better planning and decision making.

This role sits in the Enabling Units part of AZ IT, which has a broad portfolio covering HR, Finance, Legal, Global Sustainability, Corporate Affairs, Global Business Services and Mergers & Acquisitions. The Senior Enterprise Architect will mainly work in the Mergers & Acquisitions domain but must be flexible to work in other mentioned domains as and when required, applying the enterprise architecture expertise.

Typical Accountabilities

  • Provide Enterprise Design thinking & support to AZ’s Enterprise covering following domains of architecture.
  • Business
  • Data
  • Application
  • Integration
  • Cloud
  • Lead the effort to ensure that common architecture decisions support the business and IT strategy, and that the architectures delivered are relevant to AZ architecture standards, blueprints and roadmaps.
  • Participate in Architecture Assessments & Reviews either as Lead Reviewing Architect or as a Subject Matter Expert in the review team.
  • Contribute to the development of the Architecture Capability and practice for the Enabling Units, by documenting and sharing knowledge and standard methodologies with peer Architects
  • Be accountable for the development of architecture standards, technology domain strategies, roadmaps and blueprints for one or more architecture focus areas.
  • Understand implications of IT architecture requirements to ‘As-Is’ architectures and define/update ‘To-Be’ architectures applying AZ architecture guiding principles.
  • Support solution development efforts originating from portfolios, participate in IT initiatives and provide active guidance and value for better planning and decision making.
  • Maintain a view of the current and future state (1-5 years) architecture within a defined architecture focus area.
  • Develop Architecture Building Blocks to support implementation of Enterprise Architecture in the specific area.
  • Lead and/or provide active participation in Enterprise domain teams and working groups applicable to domain accountability.


  • Relevant technical degree or equivalent
  • Experience producing application strategies/roadmaps for a global enterprise in their focused architecture domain
  • Experience with rationalisation, consolidation and integration across business domains
  • Experience with large Justification phase work – product evaluation, case formulation
  • Experience developing and influencing business strategies with cross functional team impact.
  • Experience developing and leading innovative solutions
  • Proven experience of leading change and challenging approaches/ideas
  • Experience developing and managing relationships with third party suppliers
  • Experience working within and developing policies, procedures and guidelines within a secure, quality, and compliance environment
  • Strong networking skills with good internal/external links
  • Strong communication, facilitation and relationship building skills
  • Ability to interpret and communicate technical information into business language
  • Awareness of developments in the marketplace and understand the relevance and potential impact to AZ
  • Ability to work well in diverse, multinational teams and proven ability to influence others to achieve positive outcomes
  • An open mind to learning new skills and capabilities


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 contribute 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.

Close Date: 02/06/2023

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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.