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Director, Data Platform & Compliance

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 17, 2023

Job Description

Job Description:

We are seeking a unique leader with a passion for data and technology – responsible for leading and managing our growing technology platform that supports Data Engineering & Analytics enterprise wide. As part of the Data & Knowledge Management Team you will support making data easy to find, easy to use, and easy to trust. Vertex Pharmaceuticals is in a transformational period where we are accelerating our capabilities, technologies, and data to augment our scientific mission, enable Vertex to grow in scale, and continue to be on the forefront of science, medicine, and technology. As part of this effort, it is critical that users have data “at their fingertips” – on a scalable, secure, cloud data platform.

The Director, Data Platform will be a key leader in the Data Engineering team, driving forward the deployment and management of Vertex’s Data Platform. You will be responsible for managing a team of platform engineers - evolving our data platform, and creating the patterns that accelerate data. As the Director, Data Platform you will focus on integrating our technologies, architecting and building repeatable development patterns, accelerating development, and enabling new capabilities for engineering teams. On a daily basis, you will partner with the Director, Data Engineering & Operations to enable data engineers, deliver business value, and maintain a strong technology & data foundation. You will also work in partnership with Vertex’s Software Engineering leadership to standardize our ecosystem, evaluate technology opportunities, and architect sound solutions. You will also be responsible and accountable for data platform compliance working alongside Information Security and Legal as we enable secure, compliant data workloads. You will play a key role in the Vertex data story, and you will help make data easy to find, easy to use, and easy to trust.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Platform management – Enhance, improve, and maintain the Vertex Data Platform (VDP) supporting data engineering & analysts across Vertex
  • Technology expert – Architect data patterns and re-usable capabilities for data & analytics engineers
  • Team management - Lead and mentor a high performing team of employees and contractors to deliver predictable value with quality and agility
  • Technology Champion – Advocate for a scalable, cloud first approach to data analytics, driving forward our capabilities for the future
  • Innovation champion - Advocate for process enhancements and opportunities to improve our data & analytics capabilities
  • Compliance Owner – Maintain and drive data platform compliance across our regulatory landscaping, helping address GxP, Sarbanes–Oxley, and global Data Privacy processes


  • Experience developing with, and leveraging cloud platform technologies like Snowflake, Databricks, AWS data capabilities, DBT, Fivetran, and Airflow
  • Successful track record (12+ years) working with data, advanced analytics, AI/ML products
  • Successful track record (4+ years) of developing cloud-based data products
  • Successful track record (2+ years) managing direct reports and fostering career development
  • Successful track record managing an integrated vendor team
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects that require collaboration across functional areas
  • Skillful, collaborative team player able to develop rapport and credibility with stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to teach, engage and support others as they learn new technologies and concepts
  • Enthusiasm for and the ability to quickly learn new technologies and tackle difficult problems
  • Experience with analytics technology like Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, and Oracle Business Intelligence
  • Experience working in a regulatory environment, addressing GxP, Sarbanes-Oxley controls that support critical business processes
  • An understanding of Data Privacy, Security and compliance as it applies to data technologies
  • An understanding of enterprise software development tools and methodologies
  • Strong presentation, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Experience with managing the creation and grooming of epics and themes for product roadmaps
  • Working knowledge of key workflow tools, including JIRA and Confluence

Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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