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Senior Digital & Data Strategy Manager




Northbrook, Illinois, United States

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at [Register to View] .

This position is based in Northbrook, Illinois. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas' Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply.

Purpose and Scope:

M&D Strategy and Operations (MDSO) is a leader in aligning functions across M&D organizations in areas that impact quality management; process management; non-drug initiative management, including IT components, to support business strategy; business information reporting and analytics; resource management; and learning and development. As the Senior Digital & Data Strategy Manager, this position will be accountable for managing specific business support processes and oversight of complex information systems utilized within M&D through collaborative partnerships with cross-functional stakeholders in M&D and IS.

This position will be responsible for coordinating and managing the data model from implementation through to decommissioning for assigned clinical and/or operational system(s), including system integration processes for assigned system(s). The position will also be responsible for overseeing change requests and establishing testing plans, as applicable, for system enhancements.

The position will work through collaborative partnerships with MDSO operational strategists and functional stakeholders to advise on maintenance and updates of the data model.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Advising in cross-functional collaborations on the maintenance, upgrades, integrations, releases and decommissioning, as subject matter expert for the data model and security model, for assigned clinical and/or operational system(s).
  • Leveraging drug development knowledge and cross-functional partnerships to anticipate changes needed to data structure and standards.
  • Participating in continual improvement activities related to information and systems, incorporating industry best practices and vendor strategy and release plans into future iterations.
  • Proactively identify impact of changes to business process and other impacted systems.
  • Managing the user acceptance test process to ensure business requirements are appropriately tested and risks identified and mitigated
  • Ensuring on-time implementation of assigned system(s) and new releases to end users, within budget constraints, in collaboration with IS and business functions
  • Managing issues escalation for assigned system(s) through triaging mechanisms.
  • Overseeing quality review process to ensure changes made in the data model are reflective of and consistent with agreed upon approach.
  • Partnering with appropriate IS, quality and business functions to manage documentation and test strategies related to implementation of system enhancements.
  • Developing and maintaining effective collaborations with key stakeholders and functions, as well as of relevant external stakeholders.
  • Developing strategies for identifying and communicating critical factors in technical end user training for assigned system(s).
  • Managing as a peer leader within the organization and actively participate to ensure success of the strategic objectives.

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Responsible for ensuring system compliance and management of the help desk.
  • Responsible for budget and timelines associated with assigned system.
  • May provide oversight and management of vendors or contractors.

Organizational Context:

  • The position reports to the Director, Information & Systems Strategy.
  • The position may oversee outsourced support staff.
  • The position will work closely with other functions within M&D Strategy and Operations support any gaps or improvements needed in the data model for the system assigned.
  • The position works cross-functionally with other Astellas groups to develop and implement excellence in business and clinical operations.