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Lead IT Solution Architect

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Lead IT Solution Architect


Job Description

Associate Director, Solution Architecture 

You will be part of Information Technology organization which has a presence around the globe. As a member of IT Engineering team in Zurich, you will belong to a centralized engineering team who partners closely with teams across the organisation. You will contribute be working on a range of programs connecting product management, architecture and delivery, depending on business needs. 


The Solution Architect is a senior level position that leverages SaaS, COTS, Cloud, and analytical technical knowledge to promote sound architecture & engineering practices and solution in support of IT. The SA articulates analytical ecosystem architectures and trends and provides technical consulting as a trusted advisor to support IT Architecture activities.  


  • Partner with data managers, biostatisticians, architects, engineers, and data scientists to understand their needs and challenges 

  • Educate your business partners: Use your data and analytics experience to "see what’s missing", identifying and addressing gaps in their existing processes. 

  • Validate of alignment of business goals and strategies with technology. Negotiate and create the appropriate road-maps to establish and support this alignment 

  • Develop technology blueprints across Global Clinical Development in partnering with stakeholders and IT Leadership 

  • Set up development and technology standards along with other architects in R&D IT 

  • Lead to drive disparate teams to delivery. Both internal technology teams as well as external parties through vendor management 

  • Support as Technical Owner, aspire improvement and automation of SDLC process in regulated environment 

  • Provide mentorship, leadership and expert level support to engineers and stakeholders throughout the enterprise 

  • Communicate, at scale, through multiple mediums: presentations, dashboards, company-wide datasets and more. 

Qualifications and skills 

  • Bachelor’s or Masters degree in computer science or a related quantitative field 

  • Fluency in English (oral and written) 

  • Minimum 5+ years of experience as a Solution Architect, Data Architect, Principal Engineer or similar role 

  • System analysis and design experience in scalable applications 

  • Hands on experience with DevOps automation in software engineering (Jenkins, Ansible, Terraform) 

  • In-depth understanding of database structure principles, SQL and NoSQL concepts 

  • Experience with Cloud services like AWS and Azure  

  • Strong software engineering and programming background in at last two languages (such as Java, Python, Go, JavaScript, etc.) 

  • Strong technical leadership and vendor management skills 

  • Great organization skills with the ability to manage competing priorities 

  • Self-driven with the ability to work in a self-guided manner 

  • Strong problem-solving skills 


Our Company has had a presence in Switzerland since 1963. With a regional office and manufacturing/packaging facility, Lucerne is considered the centre of operations. Approximately 1,000 people work collaboratively at the four Lucerne locations (Weystrasse, Citybay, Schachen and Kriens). A fifth location has been recently established in Zurich, aimed at accelerating the development and commercialization of many of our company’s medicines and vaccines, which supports our mission to save and improve lives around the world. The new location has a target date of 2021 for operational readiness. We are proud to be certified as a “Top Employer Switzerland” and “Top Employer Europe” showing the company’s commitment to our employees and the community around us.

The recently opened new location in Zurich focuses on accelerating research, data and commercialization of our medicines and vaccines. The new office will be staffed by teams working in strategic and operational roles in medical affairs, clinical development, access and marketing operations functions.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively for the common good. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully 
Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

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Requisition ID:R89212