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Charles River Laboratories Sr. Director, Digital Architecture (DTJ) in Wilmington, Massachusetts

Sr. Director, Digital Architecture (DTJ)

Req ID #: 104575


Wilmington, MA, US, 01887 Dublin, IE, D09 Ballina, IE, F26D786 US

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families.

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career.

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered for this position,a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process. Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.

Job Summary

The Lead Architect owns the architectural decisions and engineering capabilities for custom development teams in Charles River. They value simplicity and are not afraid to challenge technical constraints and procedures to achieve agile design. The Lead Architect leads teams to create modular & scalable solutions that adhere to best in class solution architectures. They drive the teams engineering practices in test driven development, continuous integration, and automated deployment. A good lead architect is keen to get their hands dirty, and actively helps teams solve the biggest problems. Last but not least, this individual is an executor as well as the visionary force behind CRL custom developed technical solutions.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:• Designs the overall technological architecture of CRL custom developed products• Guides project teams on technology strategy• Responsible for the technical design of products• Finds, attracts and mentors and coaches engineering teams• Works hands on with teams designing and ensuring best in class delivery• Engages in coding to help the team to develop their solution and solve all surfacing problems at hand. Helps teams identify and remove technical impediments at the team, program and enterprise level• Works with Lead Product Owner(s) to align roadmaps with technical and architectural vision. Works persistently to ensure technical debt is not a hindrance to advancing product delivery• Constantly looking for better ways of solving technical problems and designing solutions, not afraid of challenging the status quo.• Provides teams a roadmap for implementing software engineering practices for the highest code quality• Shares responsibility with Lead Product Owner for building reusable and scalable components• Direct activities of assigned group(s) to ensure optimum performance of the group/function.• Responsible for personnel management activities such as: scheduling, personnel actions (hiring, promotions, transfers, etc.), training and development, providing regular direction and feedback on performance, disciplinary actions and preparing and delivering annual performance and salary reviews.• Develop short- and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, staffing requirements and succession plans.• Integrate activities with those of other major organizational units (e.g. segments, departments, functions).• Develop and recommend departmental budget and authorize expenditures.• Support the policy of equal employment opportunity through affirmative action in personnel actions.• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

• Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering or related field.• Minimum of 10 years technical experience, Minimum of 8 years of Leadership experience. • Cross Team (multiple teams) and Cross Product (multiple products) experience required.• Seen as an expert within the technical components of the domains/products/journeys.• Seasoned developer or technical lead with deep insight into newest technologies and trends. • Can make architecture decisions at a team,product and enterprise level.• Experience working on projects that span multiple business units.• Experience in Agile Development, with specific Solution Architect (or similar) experience preferred.• Understands relationship with Product Owner, Designers and rest of the team.• Experience managing technical priorities within the backlog.• Active coach and mentor whose goal is to grow and maximize the team's potential.• Excellent communication (both written and verbal), with the ability to align the organization on complex technical decisions.• Proven leadership and negotiation skills. Ability to interact appropriately with all levels of employees, while at the same time support the efforts of departmental teams.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position.If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV.

About Corporate Functions

The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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