Senior Solution Architect, Knowledge Architecture

Senior Solution Architect, Knowledge Architecture

Macclesfield (UK) / Cambridge (UK) / Sweden (Gothenburg)

About AstraZeneca

At AstraZeneca, we turn ideas into life changing medicines. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big and working together to make the impossible a reality. We’re passionate about the potential of science to address the unmet needs of patients around the world. We commit to those areas where we believe we can really change the course of medicine and bring big new ideas to life.


We have an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about transforming how data and information is delivered to our scientists to drive life changing medicines for patients. As a leader within the R&D IT Architecture group, you will take responsibility for driving the strategy to unlock the value within structure, semi-structured and unstructured data sources and combine them using knowledge graphs to provide a data-centric representation of domains across Research and Development. This is an opportunity to shape the evolution knowledge architecture from project-centric implementations of linked data architecture into an enterprise strength operating model.

Do you have a real passion for transforming how information is delivered? Have you got experience working with linked data and knowledge graphs to help people find and explore the information they need to drive decision making? Can you demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills coupled with the ability to clearly articulate strategic messages in a compelling and exciting way? Then this role is for you as these qualities will be the foundation of success!

We want to bring someone into AZ who will shape how we mature our knowledge architecture and put the ‘mesh into data mesh’. You will be someone that wants to work and partner with the business and other IT stakeholders. Your experience in the following areas will be key:

  • Building knowledge based information access/exploration solutions that connect data across multiple knowledge domains

  • Leading the development and delivery of enterprise strength frameworks that transform data from being process/application-centric to business/data-centric (data mesh, data fabric, linked open data)

  • Leveraging a data-centric architecture to deliver model driven applications

  • Communicating difficult and ambitious ideas in an engaging way

  • Advocating and positioning technology/solutions/partners through strong value articulation

  • Owning the creation of roadmaps, interim states and messaging that will inspire our business partners and guide our IT deliveries

  • Participate in technology/vendor scouting and performing market assessment to inform strategic design decisions.

  • Partnering with senior leadership and enterprise partners to gain consensus and be inspirational

  • Building an inclusive environment and collaborating with a diverse team to get the best outcomes

  • You will bring together Enterprise Architects, Solution Architects, Information Architects, Engineers, Business stakeholders and Data Office who will contribute to the crafting of the knowledge ecosystem. The role will require a level of international travel.


  • You will have a proven background working with the linked data stack including OWL and SKOS ontologies and application of SPARQL, SHACL or SHeX

  • You will have experience integrating data from various source, structured and unstructured, from cloud, on-prem and web sources using a combination of virtualisation and physicalising

  • You will have a worked on FAIRification of data, the adoption of metadata standards and shared reference models across diverse business functional groups

  • You will need great interpersonal skills and a collaborative, enthusiastic approach to strategy and delivery

  • Your style will demonstrate flexibility, understanding the balance between driving an optimal architecture against the need to deliver value to the business

  • You can show a background in forward-thinking leadership skills in order to engage, motivate and drive high performance from your team

  • Exposure to and demonstrable adoption of industry standards and methodologies


  • A strong network in the Knowledge Graph community

  • Broad knowledge and experience of life sciences or R&D within the pharmaceutical industry

  • Knowledge of cloud native architectures and major cloud vendor services

  • An understanding of data, information, integration, AI and ML architectures and processes

  • Working with Architecture in an Agile environment

  • Experience of being a member of one or more recognised standards councils or working groups

Open Date: 12/01/2022

Close Date: 15/03/2022

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

Are you already imagining yourself joining our team? Good, because we can’t wait to hear from you. Don’t hesitate in submitting an application today!

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