Data Architecture Steward - Associate Director Job

Date: Jun 19, 2019

Location: Prague, CZ

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Requisition ID: SHA001974

MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified
portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The
difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels
innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where MSD has codified its
125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward
momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global

As an Associate Director, the Data Architect will provide
technical data architecture and analytics expertise to Global Business Services
(GBS) where you will partner with MSD Information Technology (IT) Teams, our
Global Process Owner (GPO) Teams, and our Business Service Center (BSC)


This critical role will deliver data architecture and
analytics components for related projects and services in alignment with the
overall Technology Architecture and Data Strategy while maintaining the
integrity of the end-to-end platform data layer. He / She will be a key
advocate for data governance practices while also ensuring data management
standards are adhered to. This role requires understanding of project
management standards, both waterfall and agile, and solid functional knowledge
of finance processes, master data management principles and commercial business
processes. He / She will design the data model and structures and ensure the
data stewardship, governance and change management of all financial data, data
flows and any proposed data extraction, transformation or loading procedures
are executed in line with MSD standards.

The primary
include but are not limited to:

  • Quickly learn MSD Digital Platform and IT
  • Collaborate with business, digital leads, IT
    platform leads to understand strategy, translating functional &
    non-functional requirements into effective design & architectural guidance
    to articulate solution options, evaluation of tradeoffs, as well as influencing
    key decisions.
  • Define, develop and communicate information
    management standards relating to the location, media type and security
    requirements to facilitate efficient and secure management of all data
  • Evaluate software and data providers to ensure
    interoperability within internal and/or external technology landscape.
  • Leverage existing and future IT and data
    platforms and deploy integrated solutions.
  • Generate framework concepts and coding
    definitions for enhancements to global platforms and provide guidance where
  • Ability to design quality solutions in both
    agile and scalable methodologies.
  • Lead and contributes to platform solutions working
    with cross regional teams (IT Hubs).
  • Informed on market trends and new use cases for
    design, data models, and analytics and suggests evolution of the architecture
    according to these external and internal circumstances.
  • Ensures data is governed and stewarded for all
    data sets.
  • Ensures operational oversight of data, manage
    data quality, data privacy, security and risk management, as well as
    establishing policies and procedures.
  • Lead proposals for database solutions through
    potential system designs & End-to end data lifecycle management activities.
  • Lead the evaluation and recommendation of new
    and emerging data management and storage technologies & standards.


Education &

  • MSc, BS in Computer Science, Data Science, Information
    Systems, Statistics or related field
  • 8-10+ years database design, data modeling or
    analytics reporting experience
  • Providing leadership and guidance with
    enterprise data strategies
  • Experience preparing presentations for and
    presenting to senior management
  • Strong business acumen

Skills Required:

  • Experience in data platforms development, as
    well as a good understanding of application development, maintenance and
    support for Enterprise Applications (Cloud/API/WebServices).
  • Experience of and strong ability to translate
    business requirements into data models and solutions in support of the finance
    or commercial business.
  • Knowledge and experience with SAP modules such
    as Finance, HR, Sales and Distribution, plus knowledge of information management
    practices, standards and principles, and 6 Sigma is highly desirable.
  • Experience and knowledge on data integration
    patterns and business intelligence concepts.
  • Knowledge and skills related to project
    Management Standards e.g. PMP, Prince2 Practioner, ITIL, SCRUM Master or
    similar skills/experience.
  • Has participated in, or be familiar with, Agile
    (Scrum) project methodology and practices.
  • Motivated team player with excellent
    interpersonal skills, actively collaborates and shares knowledge.
  • Strong analytical thinker and problem-solver
    with the ability to quickly process complex information and present it clearly
    and simply.
  • Ability to self-learn and develop business and
    technical knowledge quickly and apply these to business problems.
  • Establish and lead a team of Data Architecture
    Stewards to ensure that the data is architected and stewarded in line with best
    practices and MSD Standards.
  • Manage a team of people globally and remotely to
    ensure team priorities are delivered successfully.  
  • Drive the team’s performance so that every
    individual understands their individual contribution and how it impacts their
    area of responsibility.
  • Have a
    foundation in systems development:
    the data architect must understand the
    system development life cycle; software project management approaches;
    requirements, design, and test techniques. The data architect is asked to
    conceptualize and influence application and interface projects, and therefore
    must understand what advice to give and where to plug in to steer toward
    desirable outcomes.
  • Have
    depth in data modeling and database design:
    The effective data architect is
    sound across all phases of data modeling, from conceptualization to database
    optimization. In his/her experience this skill extends to SQL development and
    perhaps database administration.
  • Have
    breadth in established and emerging data technologies:
    The data architect
    is experienced or conversant in emerging tools like columnar and NoSQL
    databases, predictive analytics, data visualization, and unstructured data.
  • Ability
    to conceive and portray the big data picture:
    The data architect maps the
    systems and interfaces used to manage data, sets standards for data management,
    analyzes current state and conceives desired future state, and conceives
    projects needed to close the gap between current state and future goals.
  • Ability
    to astutely operate in the organization:
    Well respected and influential,
    able to emphasize methodology, modeling, and governance, technologically and
    politically neutral, articulate, persuasive, a good salesperson, and

Your role at MSD is integral to helping the world meet new
breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your
skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global
medical advancement. At MSD, we’re inventing for life.

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sole property of MSD.  No fee will be
paid in the event the candidate is hired by MSD as a result of the referral or
through other means.

Job: Shared Services
Other Locations: CR; CZ; Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, MY; IE
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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