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Vice President, AWS Cloud Solution Architect
at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (US)
Boston, MA

Vice President, AWS Cloud Solution Architect
at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (US)
Boston, MA

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Vertex is seeking a unique individual with deep experience and passion for cutting-edge, cloud-based serverless data technology. We are looking to help define and implement a step change in science and our ability to help address human disease. Vertex is seeking a unique talent that can play a role at the intersection of science, data and technology to enable life changing impacts to people around the world. We seek a leader who can work with our business and scientific strategists and drive a cloud technology architecture that matches high ambitions. Vertex is a fast-moving organization which depends upon multiple technologies to compel our mission forward. Vertex is in a transformational period where we are accelerating our capabilities, technology and data to augment our scientific mission, enable Vertex to grow in scale and be a be on the forefront of science and medicine.

This position provides leadership and direction to our newly formed cloud & data function that will help revolutionize the way Vertex leverages data and the cloud to build new learning models in both our scientific and enterprise endeavors. Vertex is looking to embrace serverless as a core principle and enable microservice development as well as the ability to enable learning (ML/DL/AI.) We seek an experienced thought leader who is looking to leverage their deep technology abilities to catapult our mission as a biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. This role will be a founding member and need to process the spirit of a critical thought leader combined with the drive to build and deliver. You will drive the cloud/data team to establish a new platform architecture that enables data to be a strategic source of innovation. You will collaborate and guide our cloud architects a demonstrate an innovative and iterative design, develop and deploy capability.

Key Responsibilities:

  • A strong understanding of cloud computing solutions across stacks.
  • Hands-on technical expert and have past experience working as a subject matter expert on cloud technologies.
  • A mix of advanced technology and strategic business acumen as well as a demonstrated ability to engage in senior level technology decision maker discussions related to the business value of services and emerging capabilities
  • A background of deep technical expertise various technology areas such as; Cloud Adoption; Cloud migration and deployment; Digital Transformation; Database and Middleware management; full lifecycle enterprise Software Development; DevOps pipeline build and management;
  • An understanding of enterprise software development tools and methodologies, including typical enterprise application architectures and the ability to write basic scripted or compiled code.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about business, product, and technical challenges.
  • Provide global thought leadership on the serverless application lifecycle
  • Design solutions that are practical, flexible, scalable, reusable, strategic and are achieved through the application of industry proven architectural principles, standards and governance.
  • Technology architects to work with technical leads and developers on component detailed designs and technical specifications to ensure alignment with overall solution designs.
  • Responsible for project level application architecture metrics.


  • Expertise in leading large-scale serverless delivery projects
  • Expertise in experience working with event-driven or microservices architectures
  • Demonstrated industry leadership in the fields of application development, agile delivery and dev/ops
  • Ability to work in a polyglot environment - flexibility around learning new programming languages and tools
  • Track record of implementing AWS services and wider serverless ecosystem of tools including Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Cognito, AWS Step Functions, Amazon SQS and SNS, Amazon Kinesis, AWS IoT, Amazon S3, etc.
  • Understanding of application, server, web services and network security is highly desired
  • Technical degrees in computer science, software engineering, or math highly desired; working knowledge of modern software development practices and technologies such as agile methodologies and DevOps is highly desired
  • AWS Professional Certification, eg. AWS Solutions Architect Professional
  • 10+years development experience with one of the following object oriented languages Java, C# Or C++
  • 7+ years of application delivery experience
  • 5+years scripting in Linux scripting languages such as Shell or Python and scripting in Node.JS or GO
  • Self organizes and takes action
  • Inspires technical excellence through
  • Continuous learning and knowledge sharing
  • Inspires others and is an avid change agent
  • Leverages broad perspective and innovative thinking to create solutions to problems;
  • Questions assumptions and imagines future possibilities
  • Effectively communicates the recommendation models up to a Leadership / SLT level
  • Proactively acts on ideas to deliver relevant directions and recommendations
  • Understands how to look at an aggregate series of systems and work back to determine critical failure points and non-performant areas

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