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Head, Architecture & Enterprise Services

United States - California - Foster City, United States - California - Santa MonicaInformation TechnologyRegular

Job Description

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Job Purpose/Role:

The Head of Architecture & Enterprise Services leads, prioritizes and develops the overall enterprise architecture approach for Kite and sets architectural direction.  Act as a trusted advisor for Kite IT & business functions, in support of Kite’s strategic objectives by developing end-to-end, scalable architecture.  This leader is responsible for directing the program to develop, maintain and leverage enterprise architecture (EA) across the organization.  The role is accountable for defining EA processes such as EA assurance in Kite’s Investment Governance model and for leading the integration of architectural principles into other related business and IT processes.

The Head of Architecture & Enterprise has purview into (and may directly manage) other architecture-related activities and the respective roles (such as business, information, solution and technical).  This role also has additional responsibility to oversee IT Infrastructure, Cross-functional Kite Enterprise Platforms, and Security & Risk capabilities, working closely with Gilead IT leadership.

A key indicator of success, for this function, is the ability to set direction while leveraging business priorities to drive the execution of Kite’s EA agenda.  Opportunistic, practical and just-in-time will be core differentiators for the successful EA leader at Kite.  

NOTE: This role can be based in Santa Monica, CA or Foster City, CA.

Key Accountabilities:

IT strategy development:

  • Develop and execute Kite IT's global technology strategy and roadmap
  • As part of Kite IT Leadership team, support defining of IT strategic priorities
  • Support Kite Business and IT leadership in defining cross-function and function-specific capabilities and technology roadmaps

Tech landscape ownership:

  • Own that full stack technology architecture that powers Kite today
  • Drive the technology transformation, incl. integration, monolith to microservices, to deliver resilient, scalable and high-quality applications and technology services
  • Identify new technologies to enable innovation in tech landscape

Architecture governance:

  • Define architecture standards to drive digital readiness, interoperability and complexity reduction of tech landscape
  • Guide IT/Business teams in selection, design & implementation of technology solutions, providing reference architecture, and highlighting dependencies while ensuring alignment to standards
  • Vet selection of tech solutions (infrastructure, application, and integration) across Kite IT
  • Support investment governance committee decisions through effective architecture governance

Tech performance management:

  • Monitor tech performance to ensure stability
  • Monitor and lead health and currency of tech landscape
  • Ensure seamless integration of Kite & Gilead shared systems & platforms with Gilead Enterprise Architecture Team
  • Find opportunities to rationalize tech landscape
  • Build repository of available services offered by IT to business including service owners and descriptions, continually updated
  • Build repository of architecture patterns, & approved technologies across key functions, accessible to org., continually updated
  • Lead all aspects of IT Infrastructure, Enterprise Platforms, and Security & Risk capabilities

Basic Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree (i.e. MD, PharmD, PhD) and 12+ years’ experience in Information Technology OR
  • Masters Degree and 12+ years’ experience in Information Technology OR
  • Bachelors Degree and 14+ years’ experience in Information Technology OR
  • High School Degree and 18+ years’ experience in Information Technology

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in Information Technology, or related field
  • EA certifications (e.g., CTA, TOGAF 9, ITIL Master) a plus
  • 10+ years professional experience in software development, systems infrastructure management & architecture design, or enterprise architecture, including 2+ years of experience in working under a CIO / equivalent
  • Experience in Life Sciences is a plus


  • Able to apply emerging & ground-breaking technologies, including cloud-based technologies (e.g., Redshift, Lambda, Snowflake, Dell Boomi etc.), SaaS, PaaS, native (e.g., iOS, Windows)
  • Experience with next-gen architecture (e.g. containerization, modular architecture, API-based integration)
  • Experience in blueprinting including EA frameworks (i.e. TOGAF) and modeling languages (i.e. BPMN, Archimate)
  • Proven track record of working in Agile (e.g. SAFe, Scrum, Kanban) and DevOps ways of working in the IT landscape
  • Solid focus on and ability to understand customer and business needs, translating them into technology initiatives, as well as using needs to inform strategic architecture decisions
  • Excellent executive-level communication skills - verbal and written; capable of tailoring messages in a clear, concise, unambiguous, engaging, and convincing manner, comprehensible to IT and business partners at the executive level
  • Recognized “Thought Leader” with commanding presence in discussions with executive-level IT and Business leadership
  • Track record of leading and managing Director and Sr. Director level technology leaders
  • Ability to collaborate and cultivate partnerships with Business and Technology colleagues
  • Entrepreneurially driven, interest and experience in building and leading an architecture community
  • Strong problem-solving and consensus-building skills, data-driven and analytical
  • Ability to multi-task and contribute to many projects in various stages of development across functions

Does this sound like you? If so, please apply today!