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Independence, MO
Other/Not Classified
Job Type
Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)
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Senior Manager, Digital Engineering & Drupal Production Engineering

About the Job

The Senior Manager, Digital Engineering Lead provides senior technical leadership for the ongoing operations and sustainability of live production systems for Pfizer Digital Solutions and Emerging Technologies (DSET).

Our DSET team provides systems and support for Pfizer’s Digital, Mobile and SFE Platforms. The technical challenges that we solve are on a large scale with an enormous impact to Pfizer’s bottom line. Our team consists of highly collaborative and technically talented people who we enable to deliver awesome solutions to our business problems.

This role will work primarily with our global Drupal platform, and collaborate with similar roles on related technologies within the organisation; Laravel, Marketo and Mulesoft.

You’ll provide technical leadership on complex digital production systems with the express aim of making them as simple and efficiently operated as possible.

You'll need the knowledge and capability to identify problems and propose detailed solutions and implementation plans and run the release processes for various platforms.

You’ll work in partnership with other Support & Operations teams, Project Managers, Business Technology service providers, Product Owners, vendor delivery teams, business team members, senior leaders and stakeholders

Role Responsibilities

Your primary responsibilities will be providing technical leadership and developing a team of contractors accountable for ensuring the sustainable operation of the global Drupal platform, as well as other large scale regional and global projects. You'll need to be both senior advisor and a detailed implementer, as required. You will deliver technology decisions, guided by an understanding of Digital Support and Operations knowledge, Pfizer Digital Strategy and how your areas of responsibility fits within them. Responsibilities break down further as:

  • Provide technical input and mentorship to team members to assist in the creation of roadmaps maintained by DSET product owners
  • Detailed code implementation when needed
  • Responsible for release management of related platforms
  • Responsible for ensuring sustainable operations and code reuse across systems on the platform
  • Engage with upstream software dependencies and open source projects through initiatives and patching cycles
  • Manage on-going projects and migration efforts in production (e.g. upgrading systems between PHP versions)
  • Handle the response and operations of critical security vulnerabilities

Basic Qualifications

Relevant experience as an information technology professional in relevant roles such as a software developer, technical project manager, systems administrator, database administrator, systems engineer, computer engineer or support specialist.

Minimum of 5 years of experience with increasing responsibility designing, delivering, and maintaining large-scale, global systems.

Preferred Qualifications

As above and including Bachelor of Science degree in Information Management, Computer Science, Engineering, Technology Management or relevant disciplines.

Relevant Overall Experience:

Good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to establish relationships, influence outcomes, and to deliver effective presentations to a variety of audiences. Ability to work with others in a constructive and collaborative manner

  • Ability to lead in a complex, matrix environment with geographically distributed and indirect reporting line resources.
  • Excellent skills in analysis, critical thinking and planning, oral and written communication, consensus building, facilitation, negotiation and the ability to readily learn a new business area.
  • Confirmed capability handling large scale, enterprise software requirements definition, designs and implementations in a global 24/7 environment.
  • Technology solutions delivery in a pharmaceutical or regulated environment a bonus.

Technical Team Leadership and Oversight

  • Ability to think critically; to recognize and anticipate a problem (technical, operational, process, organizational) and to identify and implement or communicate the best solution in a timely manner.
  • Ability to lead and develop teams in the successful delivery of technology projects while maintaining Pfizer's quality standards
  • Knowledge of Software Development Lifecycle management, including production system maintenance and operation
  • Team leadership and management
  • Building and implementing a global technology strategy that aligns to business priorities
  • Managing budgets and resources to meet goals across multiple projects
  • Sourcing model definition and effective execution
  • Vendor negotiations with citable impacts to strategic direction and in-line production products.


  • Ability to take a systematic approach to estimation of technical tasks / epics / projects
  • Estimation of software systems

Architecture and Planning

  • Ability to listen to stakeholders, system and functional requirements and translate that into architecture planning documents and presentations that balance the needs of stakeholders and long-term sustainability.
  • Building and implementing a global technology strategy that aligns to business priorities

Software Development Experience

  • Ability to understand large scale system implementations in different technology focus areas.
  • Ability to evaluate technical decisions, communicate key technical principles and make recommendations on solutions.
  • High level of awareness of internal and external technology trends.
  • Knowledge of system integrations is desirable
  • Knowledge and experience with Mobile, Digital and new technologies

You will need to be familiar with several of the following technologies:

  • Drupal 7 and 8
  • PHP/Laravel
  • AWS
  • Janrain
  • Restful Web Services
  • Marketo
  • Mulesoft


Travel will be required as part of this role as it is a virtual position.  Expectations around travel will vary but you will need to be capable of travel within the region and to other regions.

Our business is a 7x24x365 endeavor.  This role may on occasion require physical or virtual participation on a weekend, holiday, or after normal business hours.

EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.   Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider’s name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure.  Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act.  Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government.  If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.

Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: July 23, 2018
  • This position may be remote in the US, UK, EU and Canada

Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.


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