Applications for this job have closed. Try searching for similar jobs.

Digital Lab Platform Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Job Type: Full time


Are you experienced in, and passionate about Software Engineering? Consider applying your expertise to impact the delivery of innovative business solutions to build maximum competitive advantage in a company that follows the science and turns ideas into life changing medicines? AstraZeneca might be the one for you!

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being daring, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, willing to collaborate, and curious about what science can do, then you’re our kind of person.

In Early Science, we have highly skilled scientists in our labs who experiment and support complex drug projects. The environment is driven by scientific and technical innovation with a high level of diversity in workflows, data and vendors.

As the Digital Lab Platform Lead, you will be instrumental in building up a special IT environment to support this business area. Your work will have a direct impact on the science we do and you have an opportunity to enable our scientists to do science not possible today.

What you’ll do:

Early Science Engineering is a global development team which is migrating as close to as we can to a true DevOps model. The Digital Lab Portfolio is a mixture of outstanding self-developed and Commercial Off the Shelf Software (COTS) solutions. It’s a silo’d environment and you have the challenge and chance to create the software experience to the user seamless.

  • You’ll lead a team of engineers and supporting roles to help you articulate, position & sell the Platform strategic vision, the delivery roadmap & releases.
  • You’ll collaborate with Scientists and senior Research & Development leaders to understand and estimate requirements and provide tailored, complete solutions that fit their needs
  • The changes you drive need to be using technology that best fits the solution in a way that is operationally stable and sustainable. In our Platforms, if you build it you run it.
  • You’ll build and support your teams of engineers and their managers through hiring, coaching, mentoring, feedback and hands-on career development
  • Advocate and advance modern, agile software development practices and help develop and evangelize

Required Education and Skills:

We consider individuals in this role to be our top tier Engineering leaders; this means having humility, taking accountability for your work and your team, feeling the need to continually raise the expectations of yourself and others, and being a true engineer who is capable of solving complex problems. You should apply if:

  • You have 8 years as a Software Developer, Architect, DevOps Engineer, Programmer, or equivalent
  • You have a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent
  • You have life sciences experience, particularly within Research & Development Labs
  • You are knowledgeable and passionate about software development and building capabilities that deliver value and a great user experience
  • You know what good looks like for a hard-working team of engineers and know how to get there
  • You are confident in leading Engineers on standard processes on key architectural concepts as needed and are comfortable to have trade off conversations around technical debt
  • You are highly skilled in modern Devops culture / practices with proven experience of migration to Cloud based environments
  • You have experience of delivering within a regulated environment

Why join us:

Join us at a crucial stage of our journey in becoming a digital and data-led enterprise. Make the impossible possible by building partnerships and ecosystems, creating new ways of working and driving scale and speed to deliver exponential growth. Focused and committed, and backed with the investment to succeed, we’re driving cross-company change to disrupt the entire industry.


Are you up for an exciting challenge and ready for making a difference? If so, hit Apply today - we can't wait to hear from you!

Date Posted


Closing Date


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 authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.