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Vice President of Enterprise Architecture
at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (US)
Boston, MA

Vice President of Enterprise Architecture
at Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (US)
Boston, MA

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Title: Vice President, Enterprise Architecture

Position Summary:

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's lives. We seek a leader who can work with our business and scientific strategists and drive an enterprise 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 the Information Technology organization related to architecture and innovation. This includes assessing existing, new and emerging technologies, working closely with business areas in understanding business needs and ensure products and platforms are architected in a forward-thinking, scalable, rapid and innovative manner. This position requires a strong sense of urgency and be ability to plan and deliver high quality architectures and solutions in a fast-paced environment.

They will define an architecture current state and a future state that aligns with business strategy, and manages gaps, risk, and technical debt. The role will stay on the leading edge of thought/technology in bringing relevant emerging technologies, vendors, best practice engineering practices and innovation to Vertex. This role will help drive the development of short, medium, and long-term plans to achieve strategic objectives. Regularly interacts across functional areas with senior executives to ensure objectives are met. The ability to influence thinking or gain acceptance of others in sensitive situations is important. The VP will require top-tier leadership skills and the ability to recruit and maintain a high-performing organization that achieves significant business impact through technology driven products.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive technology strategy and influence business stakeholders on strategic product direction
  • Develop and maintain a current/future state architecture that achieves business goals
  • Ability to lead a diverse, multidisciplinary team of systems, cloud, solution and application architects
  • Develop a technology governance model and implement by leading architecture reviews of technology initiatives
  • Lead team through application rationalization
  • Demonstrate and ensure customer focus and align technical solutions with business strategy and objectives
  • Develop in-depth knowledge of strategic, tactical and operational business requirements and develop effective architectures and designs
  • Ability to conceptualize and develop alternative solution approaches, articulating the benefits and tradeoffs of each solution
  • Investigate and understand industry trends and emerging technologies, and plan for adoption where appropriate
  • Proven track record in consistent and timely delivery of high-quality products and services within budget
  • Demonstrated leadership and influence skills across organizational levels and functions
  • Proven track record leading highly effective teams in strategic planning, enterprise and systems architectures and design/development of
  • strategic business solutions
  • Positive thinking, can-do attitude, initiative, and ability to see the whole picture and integrate multiple points of view for the optimal overall
  • Present company evolution based on industry trends


  • Strong knowledge of current digital trends, disruptive forces, and modern technology concepts and expertise in cloud architectures and concepts
  • Minimum of 5 years senior leadership experience, preferably as a VP or comparable level responsibility in a large, global organization architecting and designing technology solutions in an innovative and realistic manner that focuses on delivery
  • Ability to balance high-level identification of innovation opportunities with oversight of technical development processes
  • Demonstrated technical and business aptitude that allows you to understand, translate, and guide discussions and decisions at a strategic enterprise level as well as at a detailed execution level
  • Demonstrated ability for development of global strategic plans including analysis, strategic priorities, capabilities and multi-year plans with supporting operating plans.
  • Ability to translate complex business strategies and needs into strategic priorities that leverage industry trends and emerging technologies while integrating existing architectures, platforms and data.
  • Ability to consolidate complex existing environmental descriptions into an existing Architecture for a current state architecture and the development of an ongoing future state Architecture. Proven track record re-platforming highly-complex and large scale legacy systems for global customers.
  • Experience in leading development of Micro services and containerized application (Docker images or Kubernetes) with expertise in distributed cache and load balancing. Experience with SOA, design patterns, web services technologies, APIs, Applications, Application Ecosystem, and Micro API's.
  • Experience in architecting solutions with information security built-in and that account for and incorporate relevant security governance in the ongoing lifecycle of design and engineering
  • Must have relevant cloud experience and assist in the transition to a "cloud-first" and cloud-platform direction for the company products
  • Ability to build and maintain trusted relationships with customers and stakeholders.
  • Must possess a unique blend of business and technical savvy; a big-picture vision, and the drive to make that vision a reality.
  • A hands-on leader; broadly shares responsibility and accountability of both routine and important tasks and decisions.
  • Holds others accountable by monitoring progress and results and giving effective feedback; able to make tough decisions when appropriate.
  • Professional with a high degree of integrity and honesty. Thrives in a high pressure, fast-paced environment.

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