Commercial Data & Analytics – MS Platform Specialist/Expert, Open to flexibility

Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
09 Apr 2018
23 Apr 2018
Contract Type

Commercial Data & Analytics – MS Platform Specialist/Expert, Open to flexibility

GSK Consumer Healthcare is seeking to make a "Step Change in Digital, Data & Analytics" and is establishing a new-from-the-ground-up Analytics Platform purpose built to help execute on that vision. As a result we are looking for an Azure & Power BI Platform Specialist to join our Commercial Data & Analytics team.

The demand pipeline for this new platform at GSK is already significant and is growing. The business response to the platform is excellent and forward-looking business requirements for advanced and predictive analytics are emerging.

You will be joining a fast developing team and this role will give you the chance to fully leverage your significant technical capabilities. If you have very deep Azure platform capabilities and are looking for a role that will give you the chance to break into Data Science, this is the role for you.

  • Expertise: We envision the Azure Platform Specialist to be the go-to technical expert for development level activity on the Azure & Power BI Analytics platform being implemented at GSK. See below for expected technical qualifications.
  • Acceleration & Quality: You will work in close partnership with Architecture, Development & Operations resources and use your technical expertise and aptitude to assist in a full spectrum of activities across those areas.
  • Forward Looking: As a technical expert, you will also be relied upon to conduct forward looking prototypes, including in the Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics arena.

Additional responsibilities will include evaluating and recommending emerging technologies and standards. You will keep abreast of industry developments in analytics and be able to interpret how these would impact services and present new opportunities.

As a rough guide expect 40% of the role to be technical expertise focused, 40% of the role to be focused on assisting the development and operations teams on an as-needed basis on a wide range of platform topics and the remaining 20% to be forward looking & prototype/pipeline focused. We also envision this specialist to work closely with the enterprise GSK platforms team on platform provisioning activities.

The role is rare in that the scope for you to make an impact is very real and you will interface significantly with a high quality and forward looking Data & Analytics team. This is an excellent time to be joining a highly successful market leader in the healthcare industry and drive significant technology change across the organization.

During the course of your application you will be requested to complete voluntary information which will be used in monitoring the effectiveness of our equality and diversity policies. Your information will be treated as confidential and will not be used in any part of the selection process.

Closing date for applications: 23rd April 2018

When applying for this role, please use the 'cover letter' of the on-line application to describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above.
The information that you have provided in your cover letter and CV will be used to assess your application.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.


Basic qualifications:

  • Significant experience in Azure & Power BI based analytics and big data solutions and development of such solutions in a world-class innovative company.
  • Experience of the Azure analytics component suite, plus Power BI & Microsoft Visual Studio is a must.
  • Specifically you would be expected to be very capable with Data Lake Analytics, Data Factory and Azure Analysis Services (including DAX) front-ended by Power BI and you can expect to be implementation-tested on these technologies during interview.
  • A development background in a multi-paradigm language (ideally C# or equivalent languages e.g. Scala or Java) would be expected.
  • A capability for Data Science and Machine Learning will put you at a huge advantage when applying for this role. If you have these capabilities please make that clear at interview and you will be given the chance to demonstrate your knowledge.
  • Experience as a Microsoft specialist and have been an early adopter of Azure with a demonstrated expertise in emerging technologies and data technology platforms.
  • Fully conversant with big-data processing approaches and "schema-on-read" methodologies.
  • Have a highly innovative mind-set and experience with analytics in a healthcare or CPG company is a plus.
  • Experience with HD Insight, particularly Spark implementations or DataBricks would be a Bonus.
  • Ability to work in close partnership with other IT functions such as IT security, compliance, infrastructure, etc. as well as partner closely with business stakeholders in the commercial and digital organizations.
  • Excellent written, diagrammatic and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with data modeling and distributed data architecture concepts would be a bonus.
  • Knowledge of agile and DevOps development methodology and concepts is a must.

Preferred qualifications:

  • MS/BS degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Design or equivalent experience, with weighting on experience and proven track record preferred. Ideal candidate would have built an impressive hands-on career to date in an advanced, recognized and innovative environment.

Why GSK?:

At GSK we are a science-led global healthcare company. We research and develop a broad range of innovative products in three primary areas of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. Our mission is inspiring and challenging - to help people do more, feel better and live longer.

We have a significant global presence with commercial operations in more than 150 countries, a network of 86 manufacturing sites in 36 countries and large R&D centres in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China.

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