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Principal Data Engineer
Waltham, MA

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Job Description

Company Overview

Alkermes plc is a fully integrated, global biopharmaceutical company developing innovative medicines for the treatment of central nervous system (CNS) diseases. The company has a diversified commercial product portfolio and a substantial clinical pipeline of product candidates for chronic diseases that include schizophrenia, depression, addiction and multiple sclerosis. Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Alkermes plc has an R&D center in Waltham, Massachusetts; a research and manufacturing facility in Athlone, Ireland; and a manufacturing facility in Wilmington, Ohio. For more information, please visit Alkermes' website at .


Alkermes is seeking an experienced Principal Data Engineer, within R&D IT Applications. The preferred candidate is well-versed in current technologies, including cloud capabilities (services/microservices), data storage (Hadoop/Mongo db), and multifaceted data integration using modular, scalable approaches. The qualified individual would have extensive experience working in an agile environment. Crucial competencies include the ability to serve as the technical mentor for more junior members of the team.

The ideal candidate will work closely with the Discovery, Development, and Clinical organizations. They will facilitate new, innovative technologies to deliver value to the business. The preferred candidate will evaluate our current data flow and identify areas for improvement, including automation and data presentation. The ideal candidate can work autonomously to deliver key capabilities to our business partners.

All work of the Principal Data Engineer is conducted within regulatory guidelines and industry best practices.

The role will be based in Waltham MA.


Design and facilitate implementation of data management infrastructure to streamline data mining activities

Identify optimal data analytic platforms across R&D to provide fit-for-purpose solutions

Lead data migration and curation projects as needed throughout the R&D organization

Provide leadership within the Master Data Management company-wide initiative

Work closely with our internal teams to facilitate drug discovery/development for the organization through the creation and implementation of project driven data templates

Investigate new solutions to optimize data collection, aggregation, and analysis

Elicit data management/analytic requirements using interviews and workshops, document analysis and business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, business analysis, task and workflow analysis

Ensure adequate User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for new capabilities and solutions

Independently prioritize projects and tasks to deliver value to the business

Serve as the conduit between the customer community (internal and external customers) and Alkermes IT team

Ensure appropriate IT processes, procedures, and standards are in place

Build and foster effective relationships between the business and IT

Oversee vendor relationships for implemented technologies

Ensure adherence to FDA computer systems validation compliance


Minimum Education:

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Sciences, or a related field


Bachelor's degree (U.S.) or 3rd level degree (EU) in Computer Science or equivalent

Experience (12+ years) in a similar role

Experience within pharmaceutical/biotech industry

Technical knowledge around R&D Systems and processes

Experience working with leading analytic tools (JMP, TIBCO, Tableau etc.)

Demonstrated ability to manage/prioritize projects and tasks for R&D IT initiatives

Experience working within a GxP environment is a plus

Technical Knowledge/Skills Needed:

Investigates new technologies (and/or changes to existing technologies)

SME for key R&D data aggregation/analysis needs

Recommend technical solutions and improvements to R&D data analytic systems

SQL and Python coding a must

Pipeline Pilot and KNIME a plus

AWS certification a plus

Personal Attributes Needed:

Influences, listens & values/recognizes all opinions and represents IT in a diplomatic way facilitating open discussion across all functions

Acts as a positive role model to all team members (e.g. punctual, prepared and performs at high standards)

Takes responsibility for IT within all discussions, owning the opinion, managing risk, and assessing impact

Understands how own contribution impacts site goals

Displays flexibility and creativity in problem solving and meeting work assignments while ensuring compliance with policies and procedures

Travel Requirements:

Occasional business travel expected

Alkermes, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, national origin, ancestry, age, mental and physical disability, genetic information, any veteran status, military status or application for military service, or membership in any other category protected under applicable law.


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