Posted to MedZilla on 5/24/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-MA, Technical Architect - Infrastructure (LOCATIONS: Boston, Deerfield, Konstanz, Osaka, Tokyo & Zurich) 1602274-MZ


More than 30,000 Takeda employees working in more than 70 countries are committed to improving quality of life for patients, who remain at the center of everything we do. As a global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited conducts R&D both internally and with external partners to translate science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses on the core therapeutic areas of oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous system, plus vaccines. Novel products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our presence in Emerging Markets, fuel our growth.
While Takeda is enjoying tremendous growth as an emerging global leader in the pharmaceutical industry, we remain ever mindful of our commitment to serve people worldwide by striving toward better health through leading innovation in medicine. In short, we are a passionate team doing important work that impacts patients lives. If you are driven to create better health and a brighter future, join us!


  • Serves as domain expert and principal designer for major infrastructure within area of specialization.
  • Develops the strategic vision with IT Management for area of responsibility.
  • Analyses the current IT environment to detect critical deficiencies and researches/evaluates alternative solutions while weighing costs, efficiencies, and industry best practices to provide recommended solution within area of responsibility.


Reports to Head of Data Center & Network Service (DCNS) Architecture.

Primary developer of cloud and on premise global data center services architectural strategy, including technology and services standardization, consolidation and modernization of existing infrastructure solutions and services.

Researches and writes reference architectures and strategic roadmaps for data center infrastructure technologies (e.g. cloud, compute, storage, database, hypervisor, etc).

Consults and collaborates with Business Solution Services groups on system designs to ensure availability, reliability and performance of applications.

Evaluates new infrastructure solutions and technologies, premise based or XaaS, to drive greater efficiencies, reliability or functionality.

Remains current of industry trends and successful practices as they relate to cloud hosted or on premise compute/storage/database infrastructure technologies and approaches.

Provides oversight and/or contributes to key projects to design solutions and services that align with overall business objectives.

Seeks out and collaborates with IT Service Delivery/Business Support/Project Management teams and key business colleagues to ensure existing solutions and architecture continue to meet the business needs and architectural standards.

Assists with budgeting, evaluation and solution platform selection for externally provided or on premise data center infrastructure technology as required to drive technology decisions to meet current strategies and roadmaps.

Maintains a well-rounded understanding of current and future business initiatives and requirements and assess key IT technology and trends and their impact on Takeda business process and systems.




Strategic thinker with strong background and demonstrated expertise in data center technologies including (but not limited to) server/compute, hybrid/public cloud, storage, networking, virtualization, databases, and operating systems.

Ability to architect, articulate (to different stakeholders), and help guide the implementation of complex infrastructure solutions spanning multiple technologies, both cloud based or on premise, per global roadmaps and strategies.

Experience designing bespoke systems for high availability and disaster recovery.

Ability to translate business and technical requirements into infrastructure design considerations and deliver appropriate designs meeting those requirements.

Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision while displaying proven ability to prioritize and manage competing demands and tasks and successfully manage multiple engagements that may require additional resources.

Demonstrated ability and willingness to think outside the box and master new technologies and skills.


Bachelor s degree in Computer Science or information systems is preferred

5+ years in a Data Center and/or Cloud Architect type role in a global environment would be ideal.

Deep understanding of database design, implementation and operations (Oracle/MSSQL), including high availability and disaster recovery techniques is desirable (though not required).

Deep understanding of high performance storage technology (EMC/HDS/NetApp), systems, and storage area networks in large complex configurations is highly desirable (though not required).

Advanced level experience with VMware vSphere, View, vCloud Director, vRealize Suite, or relevant cloud management products and deep experience in designing complex virtual infrastructure solutions in a mid-to-large scale data center environment is desired (though not required)

Deep understanding of High Performance Computing and/or GRID computing in a Life Sciences R&D setting is desirable (though not required).

Ability to provide expert strategic advice for cloud application development/deployment, designing a public or private cloud infrastructure, private versus public cloud options, virtualization, containerization, and DevOps while working with 3rd party cloud providers including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, etc.

Certifications in data center areas of technology (e.g. cloud architecture, VCP-vSphere, etc) a plus

Strong working knowledge of network security concepts, policies and technologies.

Pharmaceutical IT infrastructure support with system validation processes experience desired

Experience implementing and supporting data center services and infrastructure in a large, complex, global enterprise environment or equivalent strongly desired.

Previous experience with infrastructure support outsourcing and/or vendor management strongly desired.

Experience or familiarity with the following technologies: AWS/Azure cloud, VMware vSphere/vCenter/Site Recovery Manager, EMC/HDS/NetApp Storage Platforms, CIFS/SMB/NFS, Switch Fabrics, Oracle/MSSQL Database Platforms, Windows/Linux/Solaris Operating Systems, Active Directory, DNS, Symantec Netbackup, Symantec Cluster Server, HP Blade, VCE Vblock.


Desired :

Formal qualification in Enterprise Architecture (e.g. TOGAF or equivalent)

  • Access to transportation to attend meetings
  • Ability to fly to meetings regionally and globally

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