Amgen Specialist IS Architect (Automation) in Tampa, Florida

Amgen is a science-based company with a long history of research in human therapeutics, biologic development, and manufacturing; Amgen believes that technological innovation happening today in software design and automation will provide significant advances in biologic research and patient care.

The IS Architect plays an integral role in building a holistic view and roadmap of the company's information technology strategy and processes. The IS Architect partners with both business and technology groups to ensure that the proposed technical solutions align with the company's overall objectives, and that both groups enable and drive each other to meet the company's mission and vision.

This role is in the Enterprise Platforms - AID (Automation, Integration & Development) team, which is responsible for supporting various Enterprise platforms. The role enables automation of both systems testing and business processes using open source frameworks and COTS products.


  • Enterprise Platforms Solution Architecture

o Deliver and continually improve the Automation Solution Architecture while driving change across the IS function with the engagement of key stakeholders and opinion leaders.

o Lead the design and modeling of tactical architectures for development, delivery and support of projects

o Circulate roadmaps to align IS priorities with business partner needs

  • IT/Mobile System Automation/Testing

o Design automated process solutions in accordance with standard design principles and conventions

o Configure new automated processes and objects using core workflow principles that are efficient, well structured, maintainable and easy to understand

o Support and drive software testing efforts within the organization - automation testing, mobile testing, functional and non-functional testing, integration testing

o Drive projects based on agile principles, collaborating with application development teams on design, development & test of integration solutions across diverse applications

  • Innovation

o Collaborate with process improvement, Business and Vendor teams to 'Reimagine and Simplify Process', and identify opportunities for Automation

o Evaluate automation for emerging trends such as IoT

  • Robotic Process Automation

o Lead Solution Design, Service Delivery and end-to-end oversight for all Robotic Process Automation projects for named business functions

o Lead initiative to build re-useable scripts, assets and artefacts that can be used across RPA projects, and can be leveraged with least effort to other RPA tools (inter-operability)

o Govern all RPA Build and Run engagements with IT, Business stakeholders, and Vendor Leads

o Build and Mentor team of RPA technologists, and groom them to evolve as technical-functional SMEs

o Partner with automation architect

  • Standards and Processes

o Design, approve & maintain RPA IT standards for development and run

o Collaborate with Agile Methods, DevOps and Enterprise Architecture teams to instill speed, precision and automation in RPA program delivery

o Collaborate with the team to create and evolve policies, best practices and testing frameworks

o Create policies for automation/testing that can adapt to AGILE development practices

  • Frameworks/Continuous Integration

o Set/Adapt the strategic vision for CI and test automation, identify the tools/integrations needed and implement.

o Create detailed, comprehensive and well-structured test plans and test cases

o Design, deploy and support a fully automated CI test environment, load testing environment, and performance testing environment

o Manage the testing framework - MicroFocus ALM, UFT, StormRunner, Octane, JIRA synchronizer, Turnkey cFactory, Mobile labs, Selenium, HP Load runner, HP Performance Center

  • Service Delivery Management

o Collaborate with Managed Service Provider & ensure smooth running operations

o Partner with Service Owner and Regional Business Analyst for ongoing improvement and implementation of platform & support processes internationally

o Work closely with Client facing teams to ensure alignment with business road map and evolve technology road map

  • Business Analysis

o Interact with business users, SaaS providers & partners to understand & document business requirements, data integration flows, security or compliance requirement.

  • Innovations & PoC

o Optimize existing run operations by building web/mobile tools

o Hands on development for web/mobile and COTS products that deliver enterprise outcomes

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree


Master's degree & 3 years of Information Systems experience


Bachelor's degree & 5 years of Information Systems experience


Associate's degree & 10 years of Information Systems experience


High school diploma / GED & 12 years of Information Systems experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in computer system programming

  • Strong knowledge of computer systems & networking

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Lead direct and virtual teams

  • Strong attention to detail and be self-directed

  • Ability to drive consensus among stake holders, partners & vendors

  • Industry Certification or experience with cloud providers such as AWS, Azure or Google

  • Experience with Application Integrations using Service Oriented Architecture or EDI

  • The ability to conceptualize automated solutions and understand the prescribed design architecture.

  • Experience in building RPA CoE at a Consulting or Client organization

  • 2+ years of experience working with SCRUM framework. Deep knowledge of QA best practices across the SDLC and software testing methodologies, tools, and processes

  • 2+ years of experience with web service technologies and programming languages such as SOAP, REST, Python, Java, C#/.NET, JSON, HTML/XML/XAML, Go, JavaScipt, Ruby etc.

  • Testing experience in agile based software development environments

  • Experience developing and managing automated testing platform and tasks and defects using products like HP ALM or Jira

  • Experience in Software Engineering, DevOps, Site Reliability Engineering or System Administration with automation focus

  • Experience with HTTP, JSON, XML, REST principles, with application of it in one or more programming language

  • Experience with software development practices - Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery, and Source Code Management, object oriented design, web development frameworks or software design patterns e.g. Jenkins, Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Ansible, Shell Scripting in Windows or Linux environments, Selenium, Junit, JMeter

  • Strong Operating System (Linux, Windows), network and security fundamentals e.g. understanding of networking protocols & applications (TCP/IP, load balancing, firewalls etc.)

  • Understanding of authentication protocols, & internet security standards

  • Understanding or experience of Cloud Integration - familiarity with SaaS, iPaaS/PaaS & IaaS based Application delivery models

  • 10+ years of work experience in leading Business IT Applications, Digital technologies, and Platform implementation. 2+ years' experience in directly leading RPA programs across tools such as Automation Anywhere, Workfusion, Blueprism, and RAGE

  • Experience in delivery of front-end applications integrated with SAP platform is valuable. Examples are - RPA and Workflow (such as Software AG's ARIS, or Pega's OpenSpan). This knowledge should be reflected in understanding of SAP and its data sets. Exposure to integrating S/4 Hana platform is a strength

  • Delivered IT projects to any of business functions such as - Finance & Accounting, Procurement / Sourcing, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and HR

  • Passion for Digital technologies, experiment with them, and independent perspectives on their impact on enterprises / consumers

  • Currently working at a Big 4, IT consulting, or end-user organization

  • Experience in working with Biotech / Pharma / Healthcare / manufacturing industries will allow candidate to shorten the learning curve but is not a limitation.

  • Experience working in an FDA regulated environment, 2+ years of experience working with software systems validation, SOX, Information Privacy, FDA cGxP and 21 CFR Part 11regulations

  • Experience with analysis of data, file structures, format transformations, data mapping & protocol mediation

  • Strong Service Delivery mindset with demonstrated Logistics functional domain experience

  • Strong leadership/consultative, collaboration, project management, service delivery and process improvement skills to facilitate alignment across multiple global geographies

  • Ability to leverage his/her experience in delivering and supporting global information systems in a regulated environment for a diverse and distributed user base while relying on many Enterprise shared services

  • Effective internal & external relationships and operating across functional boundaries

  • Ability to translate strategic opportunities and emerging technology solutions into tangible pragmatic executable plans

  • Ability to 'think big' and challenge conventional wisdom regarding technology refresh and hype

  • Strong leadership and negotiation skills with business and technical groups

  • Strong organizational skills and understanding of the Project Management lifecycle

  • Demonstrated ability to build consensus among many stakeholders

  • Comfortable with ambiguity and willing to take principled bets on new technology

  • Ability to establish, implement, and enforce appropriate IS standards to meet business requirement

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.