Master Data Architect

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.



Job Summary

We are seeking an experienced Master Data Architect for our Information Technology group located in Wilmington, MA

The Master Data Architect will have an end to end vision of CRL master data flow. This is a critical role in ensuring that our core operational data domains across applications are uniformly and efficiently defined with rules and processes developed and implemented to provide the foundation for master data quality. They will collaborate with the business to define data governance processes and workflow.

• Develop rules, definitions, and processes for all CRL Master Data
• Maintain knowledge, skills, and abilities with all CRL data technologies
• Master the knowledge, skills, and abilities for all CRL Master Data Management (MDM) technologies
• Implement and use MDM tools that support rules, definitions and processes
• Integrate rules, definitions, and processes with all MDM services
• Plan MDM architecture activities in all relevant project plans and quality assuring implementation, operating as a key liaison to the Data & Analytics organization
• Work with the MDM team and being an effective team member
• Implement the process of ongoing improvement for master data
• Adhere to CRL Enterprise Architecture Principles

• Meet with the MDM manager to discuss MDM strategies
• Gather feedback from the MDM team about the performance of the MDM rules, definitions, and processes
• Evaluate MDM methods, technologies, and industry direction. Provide analysis and feedback / recommendations to the MDM leadership team on how these trends may impact Charles River.
• Meet with CRL IT Architecture Group to discuss MDM in the context of Enterprise Architecture
• Understand the business strategies and their impact on MDM rules, definitions, and processes
• Drive MDM Roadmap and improvement strategies
• Contribute to development of a data quality program across including development of corporate metrics, automation of data quality processing and driving business collaboration
• Contribute to a data literacy program at Charles River that strives to bring education and awareness about importance of data as a corporate asset

The following are minimum requirements related to the Master Data Architect position.

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A/B.S.) or equivalent required in computer sciences. MBA or other graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience:  Minimum of 6 years of IT solutions/application experience required. Life sciences industry experience preferred. Demonstrated experience in a technologically challenging environment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  Certifications that demonstrate technical ability desirable.
  • Other:  Must have in-depth knowledge of current IT technologies and state-of-the-art practices, effective communication skills and strong interpersonal skills including influencing & aligning. Able to provide solutions to complex and difficult technical problems.


About Corporate Functions

The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.

About Charles River

Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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Equal Employment Opportunity
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Full time
Wilmington, MA 01887, US