Associate Director, Information Architect Software Dev. (Remote)


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East Hanover, NJ

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Job Description

Bringing life-changing medicines to millions of people, Novartis sits at the intersection of cutting-edge medical science and innovative digital technology. As a global company, the resources and opportunities for growth and development are plentiful including global and local cross functional careers, a diverse learning suite of thousands of programs & an in-house marketplace for rotations & project work. With a strong medicines pipeline our current trans-formation will not just deliver growth for our business but continue to allow us to bring innovative medicines to patients quickly.

The Associate Director of Information Architect Software Development will be responsible for designing and developing information domain models expressed as knowledge graphs and linked meta-data schemas. These will be applied to the Real-World Data (RWE), including Electronic Health Records and Insurance Claims, problem domain. This role will help lead the information products and applications initiatives.

The information architect will work with Data Engineers, Product teams and other business stakeholders in modeling the complex RWE domain space. This individual will also help drive our linked data and data mining strategy, both internally and externally, in order to improve the search and semantic enrichment of RWE Information products.

The RWE & MI information products and applications team support the strategic initiatives of HEOR, PHAM and Medical teams to build information products (that utilize epidemiology, health economics, statistics, and machine learning) and solutions focused on improving clinical care delivery and population health. This includes utilizing large licensed Real World Data Novartis assets and data available through co-development initiatives with health systems.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Develop and Apply the Data Model Framework– Develop and implement ontologies, data architecture and data management techniques in collaboration with stakeholders. Analyze and implement knowledge organization strategies using tools capable of metadata management, ontology management, and semantic enrichment
• Data Integration and Mapping - Contribute to data integration and mapping efforts to harmonize taxonomy from multiple domains and incorporate metadata into topical, named entity, and RWE domain ontologies
• Provide Data Model Leadership - Influence and participate with governance bodies to standardize data models. Re-search and provide solutions for complex problems. Be aware and evaluate of industry developments related to ontology use, knowledge organization.
• Software Development - Provide prototypical quick solution designs and hands-on programming models and drive them to maturity in the RWE & MI agile product development lifecycle. Research and provide solutions for complex problems.
• Team Leadership in Software Practice – Provide software leadership and support and mentor team members in soft-ware data modeling best practices. Incorporate agile development processes and environments supported by Continuous Integration / Continuous Development pipelines. Apply software testing practices.
• Able to develop a strategic vision by integrating needs of diverse constituencies, scientific considerations and market knowledge to produce best in class results. Demonstrated creativity and effectiveness in addressing strategic challenges.
• A world class team player with highly attuned interpersonal skills, strong team building motivational, collaboration and influencing skills necessary to achieve desired outcomes in a matrix, cross-functional environment. Works effectively in a global, team-based organization. Exercises influence at senior levels, and builds alignment around goals and objectives. Readily builds consensus and achieves agreement on key priorities.
• Innovative and creative “out of the box” thinker who will challenge the status quo to improve operations and facilitate positive change. Able to adapt quickly to changing market conditions, business needs and an evolving product portfolio. Flexible and responsive to change; creative problem-solving skills. Anticipates change, and develops and implements strategies to address them.

Our selection process will prioritize associates from the current Innovative Medicines division, whose positions may be changing or impacted. This is a US based position. No international relocation will be provided for this position.

This position can be based remotely anywhere in the U.S. (there may be some restrictions based on legal entity). Please note that this role would not provide relocation as a result. The expectation of working hours and travel (domestic and/or international) will be defined by the hiring manager.

Minimum requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:
• Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science / Information Systems or related discipline; Master's degree desirable
• 5+ years Information architecture experience with at least 2+ years in advanced data management/metadata technologies
• 3+ years of experience in Data Architecture, leading complex, enterprise-class, and multi-system integration environments. Must have in-depth understanding and hands-on experience with designing and developing enterprise-class application system architectures
• 4+ years working knowledge of database and Master Data Management (MDM), warehousing architecture, techniques, design patterns and strategy
• Experience in Ontology development/engineering; Semantic Web Technologies (RDF, RDFS, OWL, SPARQL)
• Experience in object-oriented programming and expertise in core programming language Python, Java, Scala, C#, C++
• Domain Driven Design and Data Mesh Topologies
• Expertise in Property Graph Models and Languages (Cypher, Gremlin, etc.)


Why Novartis?
766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

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 [email protected] 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.

COVID-19: 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 [email protected]

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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.