Associate Director Solutions Design & Delivery - R&D IT.

Job Description

The Solution Design and Delivery (SD&D) Team within R&D IT (R&D IT) focuses on Application Design, Development, and Delivery of Biogen IT Solutions. The SD&D Team is responsible for leading all design and implementation efforts for R&D platforms across the R&D lifecycle and for all R&D application architecture for R&D solutions, working collaboratively with R&D Functional Leads, IT Quality, Infrastructure and Operations teams.

This position is a senior technical leader on the team SD&D Team reporting to the Director of Scientific Platforms, RDIT. The SD&D Lead will provide design and development expertise across projects and manage more complex projects as the accountable lead through all phases. He/She will be accountable for delivering a solution that meets or exceeds R&D IT goals for business value.

The R&D IT SD&D Lead must be able to oversee the delivery of R&D IT technology platforms and maintain awareness of emerging industry and technology trends to ensure competitive advantage for Biogen R&D. This position will lead a team of both internal (FTE) and external (contracted) architect and software development resources.

Principal Responsibilities:
  • Have a clear understanding and point of view on R&D and IT needs and priorities
  • Lead the delivery of technology solutions in accordance with the R&D IT technology roadmap and emerging stakeholder needs
  • Demonstrate accountability for all systems design and development to support Biogen’s needs for R&D stakeholders
  • Manage a portfolio of projects and initiatives, monitor progress and course correct to meet the goals
  • Continuously improve organization development processes and policies to ensure quality, agility and standardization. Bring the industry best practices to the organization.
  • Engage with external partners and capitalize their strengths to achieve the R&D IT roadmap
  • Understand the best-of-breed solutions and tools available in the market and bring the relevant ones to the organization.
  • Demonstrate design and development thought leadership through execution excellence and mentoring individuals and teams
  • Engage with Executive leadership to demonstrate success and value and partner on strategy
  • Contribute to drive innovation though pilots and POCs that demonstrate value of new technologies to potential partners in R&D IT and R&D

  • Support analysis and estimation for proposed projects in the pipeline
  • Monitor and track progress and metrics. Engage with contracted resources to provide technical oversight and direction
  • Accountable for budget, issues, risks, quality, schedule for design and development activities
  • Accountability of SDLC design and development related deliverables and activities
  • Accountable for overall design and development timeliness and solution quality
  • Write and review statements of work (SOWs) and manage third-party vendors
  • Build and review design and development strategy and plan for strategic programs
  • Monitor and track the return on investments on tools procured
  • Support Vendor Management Organization in pricing negotiation with the service and tool vendor
  • Own the SOW, PO, invoice handling and other commercial aspects for design and development activities of the project
  • Seek leadership support and guidance at the right time to resolve issues or support the team


  • 10-15 years of experience in software application design, delivery and support with a minimum of 5 years leading teams
  • 7-10 years industry/domain expertise in life science, drug discovery and development
  • Ability to establish and reinforce good architecture, solution design and development concepts and SDLC
  • Demonstrated leadership and management skills, exceptional communication and presentation skills
  • Experience working with outsourced service providers, and offshore delivery teams
  • Experiences manage projects in agile and waterfall model

Education :
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Business Management or related field
  • Master’s Degree preferred

Additional Information

Biogen’s US Alzheimer’s Franchise is looking to recruit proven and ambitious sales achievers with at least five years of experience in pharma, specialty, hospital, med device/capital equipment, and/or biotech sales.
In this field-based, specialty sales representative position you will be called upon to sell our products with key stakeholders in the Alzheimer’s Disease community: including Neurologists and allied health professionals.