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Date: Feb 18, 2021

Location: IN IN IN IN

Company: Cytel Inc

Cytel provides unrivaled biostatistics and operations research knowledge to our customers in the life sciences industries in the form of both software and services.  At Cytel, we work hard to create successful careers with significant professional growth for our employees, as a result of which they work hard to make Cytel successful. Cytel is a place where talent, experience and integrity come together to advance the state of clinical development.


The Cloud Architect proactively and holistically supports Cytel’s products through the design, development, and management of cloud-based architectures and solutions.

The successful candidate provides the leadership, facilitation, analysis and design tasks required for the development of the technical and infrastructure architecture underpinning Cytel’s cloud-based products. The architect creates deliverables that help develop target-state guidance (reusable standards, guidelines, individual parts, platforms and configurations) for evolving the technical infrastructure, in order to enable product strategy and deliver targeted product outcomes as well as facilitating and orchestrating the delivery of targeted product outcomes through facilitating and making technical decisions.


Essential Job Functions:

The Technical architect will demonstrate competencies across three key dimensions:


Derives Future State Technology Architecture

  • Reports to the Director/Sr. Director of Product Cloud Operations
  • Works with EA peers (e.g., enterprise, business, information, solutions and security architects) to analyze enterprise business context (business strategy and trends), as well as change requirements in other enterprise architecture viewpoints (such as business, information and solution) to derive the future state technology architecture but with a Product-focused orientation. This includes defining the requirements, principles and models that guide technology decisions for the product.
  • Leads the analysis of the current technology environment to detect critical deficiencies, legacy and technical debt, and recommends solutions for improvement. In addition, leads the analysis of technology industry and market trends to determine their potential impact on the product as well as on the product technology architecture.
  • Coaches, mentors and collaborates with technical subject matter experts and peers to develop technology architecture that enables and drives new capabilities and operating models.
  • Drives digital innovation by leveraging innovative new technologies and approaches to renovate, extend, and transform the existing core technology base.
  • Defines high-level migration plans to address the gaps between the future and current state, typically in sync with the budgeting or other capital planning processes.


Analyzes and Evaluates Technology

  • Understands technology trends and the practical application of existing, new and emerging technologies to enable new and evolving operating models.
  • Guides technology investment decisions based on analysis and evaluation to drive targeted outcomes.
  • Helps to define metrics to measure and demonstrate cloud technology value.
  • Assists with designing the governance, assurance and standards activities associated with ensuring cloud technology architecture compliance of projects and products.
  • Oversees and facilitates the research, evaluation, and selection of hardware and software technology and product standards, as well as the design of standard configurations.
  • Identifies the organizational impact (for example, on skills, processes, structures and culture) and financial impact of the cloud architecture.


Leads & Collaborates to Deliver Product Outcomes

  • Oversees, or consults on, technology implementation and modification activities (for example, projects and products), particularly for new or shared infrastructure solutions.
  • Consults on application or infrastructure development projects to harmonize systems or infrastructure with the enterprise technology architecture and identify when it is necessary to modify the enterprise technical architecture (ETA) to accommodate immediate or future project needs.
  • Creates and delivers working, production-ready reference implementations that can be leveraged easily by agile teams.
  • Works closely with the product managers, product owners, R&D, and EA peers (e.g., enterprise, business, information, security and solutions architects) to enable infrastructure agility, scalability and resilience to support required product needs throughout product lifecycle.
  • Collaborates with business constituents, other EA team members, project teams and staff in various IT functional areas as needed to fulfill the responsibilities described above.
  • Documents necessary technology architecture design and analysis work, possibly including project postmortem documentation and metric collection.



  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information-technology, system analysis or a related study
  • Minimum of five years of design and implementation experience in IT, with a deep knowledge in a minimum of two of the following technical disciplines: infrastructure and network design, application development, application programming interfaces (APIs), middleware, servers and storage, database management and operations, clustering technologies, virtualization, cloud technologies and active directory and protocols
  • Minimum of 1-year hands-on experience working with Kubernetes and Containers
  • Minimum of 1-year hands-on experience working with High Performance Computing (HPC) technologies
  • Solid understanding of product management, agile principles and development methodologies and capability of supporting agile teams by providing advice and guidance on opportunities, impact and risks, taking account of technical and architectural debt



  • Excellent interpersonal skills in areas such as teamwork, facilitation and negotiation
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of many, if not most, aspects of an enterprise technology architecture
  • Knowledge of information principles and processes
  • Knowledge of financial models and budgeting
  • Understanding of network and security architecture
  • Understanding and knowledge of SDLC methodologies (especially agile software development) and DevOps
  • Understanding and knowledge of IT service management (ITSM) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
  • Knowledge and understanding of different modeling languages (such as UML and ArchiMate)
  • Understanding and knowledge of IT standards and controls


  • At least one of the following certifications:
    • Microsoft Azure Fundamentals
    • Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect
    • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    • AWS Certified Solutions Architect
    • AWS Certified SysOps Administrator
  • Ability to understand the long-term ("big picture") and short-term perspectives of situations and how they relate to achieving targeted business outcomes
  • Ability to estimate the financial impact of technology alternatives
  • Ability to apply multiple technical solutions to enable future-state business capabilities that, in turn, drive targeted business outcomes
  • Ability to quickly comprehend the functions and capabilities of existing, new and emerging technologies that enable and drive new business designs and models
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others and be respected as a leader


  • Trusted and respected as a thought leader who can influence and persuade others with balanced and fact-based analyses of both pros and cons
  • Technology neutral: remains unbiased toward any specific technology or vendor choice, and is more interested in results than personal preferences
  • Displays intellectual curiosity and integrity
  • Motivated and driven by achieving long-term business outcomes
  • Ability to balance the long-term (big picture) and short-term implications of individual decisions
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and lead cross-functional teams

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