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    Opportunity: Associate Director of Data Strategy @ One of the global top 20 Pharma companies -- Germany
    Submitted by Eugene McDaid; posted on Friday, February 12, 2021



    Global Computational Biology and Digital Sciences

    This is a great opportunity for a talented and driven data expert to join a global computational biology and digital sciences team looking to turn data into insights for the discovery and evaluation of new therapeutic concepts in Discovery Research.

    You'd be joining one of the global top 20 Pharma companies who are looking to accelerate and incubate the digital transformation of the Innovation Unit through cutting edge digital sciences. They run a very exciting portfolio of digital initiatives and work across the Innovation Unit and the IT organization. It's a great chance for someone to employ data-driven digital innovation to boost the discovery and development of new medicines.

    As Innovation Unit Data Steward R&D you are accountable for long-term quality of the data assets in Research and preclinical Development. With your excellence in sustainable data management, you establish a data foundation as cornerstone along the journey towards an R&D that is driven through data and emerging digital science.

    Embedded in the growing Global Computational Biology and Digital Sciences Unit you will have an impact on reinventing R&D, thereby actively contributing to the discovery of breakthrough therapies that will increase human health.


    Tasks & Responsibilities
    • As Innovation Unit Data Steward R&D you represent a crucial role in the execution of digital strategy ensuring long-term value of data assets according to FAIR principles.
    • You lead the implementation of an IU-wide data foundation in close collaboration with IT-teams and business subject matter experts.
    • You ensure cross-functional linking and alignment of data concepts, vocabularies and taxonomies to ensure a seamless connection of data from different domains.
    • By nursing and contributing to a community of data stewards across IU functions you drive the adherence to overarching data governance guidelines and principles as well as alignment of terminologies.
    • In addition to the tasks above, you manage and facilitate access to relevant data outside the IU.


    • PhD in Biology, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, Information Sciences or a related field, alternatively completed Master studies with several years of professional experience
    • Extensive experience in multidisciplinary and international environments as well as proven expertise in leading digital projects with several team members
    • Excellent communication, moderation and intercultural skills as well as the ability to convince an audience of a desired strategy
    • In-depth understanding of data domains that are relevant for pre-clinical and clinical drug discovery and development
    • Profound understanding of data integration and management concepts like e.g. semantic data integration, FAIR principles or similar
    • Familiarity with IT data infrastructure concepts like data lake and/or graph data bases


    This is a highly challenging, technical role offering a competitive remuneration package and some great benefits such as life insurance, pension, bonus scheme and relocation allowance.


    Please do not hesitate to contact Harvey Uppal at huppal[at] or call (+44) 121 616 3407 to discuss this opportunity further.

    Keywords: Data, Database, Management, Digital, Assets, UI, Governance, Pharma, Bioinformatics, Biology, Integration, Semantic, Lakes, Graphs, Scientific, Germany

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