Lead Database Architect

Foster City
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August 31 2021
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Lead Database Architect
United States - North Carolina - Raleigh

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gileads therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the companys five core values. Thats because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to pursuing scientific invention to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis and cancer. Gilead has operations in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

You will be part of a team that is helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. We are a close community where every individual matters and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Inclusion is one of our core values, which means we are creating and fostering a work environment where our differences are valued, and everyone feels respected and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to discover, develop and deliver innovative therapeutics for people with life-threatening diseases.

The Gilead Business Services center in Raleigh's Research Triangle region will be home to some of the company's critical shared service teams in North America, including Information Technology, Global Financial Solutions, HR Operations and Procurement Services Desk. These functions provide the necessary support to ensure Gilead's business runs effectively and efficiently. The center will also be a catalyst for standardization of processes, digital transformation and technology optimization.

The Gilead IT WIO database group supports enterprise databases across all business functionalities to deliver on Gilead's dedication to bringing life-saving therapies to people in need. We are looking for an enthusiastic, experienced and highly skilled database architect to join the team. You will work closely with the key stakeholders to deliver on innovation, strategy, and long-term vision to bring Gilead's database service to the next level. You will focus on working on a cloud base infrastructure and related database technologies. If you love to take a lead in database architecture and innovate, join our team and directly impact how we operate as a company.

  • Provide database knowledge leadership to Gilead IT and business functionalities.
  • Lead both Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server database platforms and technology in cloud and security related initiatives
  • Responsible for defining and documenting database technical standards, best practices, policies, and procedures for both on-prem and cloud infrastructures
  • Work on or drive multiple projects as a subject matter expert
  • Provide database technology roadmap by exploring new database platforms especially those offered by cloud native services
  • Champion the needs of business teams and stakeholders throughout the whole life cycle of their applications, ensuring database best practices and technologies are incorporated to provide optimal reliability, performance, and efficiency
  • Consider enterprise direction, goals and strategy, and emerging database technologies, industry trends, and economic viability to influence business strategy and vision
  • Fully leverage database technologies and services available by our cloud provider to maximize their benefits for Gilead systems
  • Mentor other team members on best practices, new technologies and innovation
  • Fully leverage database technologies and services available by our cloud provider to maximize their benefits for Gilead systems
  • Fully understand and are capable of implement cloud native business continuity solutions
  • Fully meet compliance requirements including GxP training, change management, system maintenance, and documentation review

Basic Qualifications:
  • Associate\'s Degree and Twelve Years Experience OR Bachelor\'s Degree and Ten Years Experience OR Master\'s Degree and Eight Years Experience

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience in database architecture design with consideration of platform, performance, security, scalability, and supportability
  • Hands on experience and extensive knowledge of AWS technologies specially in the areas of database, server, storage, and security, preferable with AWS EC2, RDS and native databases
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting large database applications including performance analysis and tuning of high volume, transaction or data warehouse systems
  • Expert in SQL, Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server utilities
  • Proficient with both Linux and Windows operating systems
  • Hands on experience with open source databases such as PostgreSQL, MySQL
  • Proficient with scripting languages including Shell, PowerShell, and PL/SQL.
  • Outstanding communication, organizational, and relationship-building skills, and can collaborate at all levels
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to work well independently to successfully complete a task from beginning to the end with minimal supervision
  • Experience of supporting databases in biotech/pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to management and mentor junior DBAs and/or MSP team
  • AWS cloud certification
  • Certified with Oracle and/or Microsoft SQL Server
  • Experience with Agile Dev Ops and cloud automation tools

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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans\' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact careers@gilead.com opens new window" target="_blank" href="https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=2458543&targetURL=mailto:careers@gilead.com">careers@gilead.com for assistance.

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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