Senior Director, Engineering - Platform Services

Technology & Analytics New York, New York

Position at Medidata Solutions

Medidata: Conquering Diseases Together


Medidata is leading the digital transformation of life sciences with the world's most-used platform for clinical development, commercial and real-world data. Powered by artificial intelligence and delivered by #1 ranked industry experts, the Intelligent Platform for Life Sciences helps pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device companies and academic researchers accelerate value, minimize risk and optimize outcomes. Medidata serves more than 1,000 customers and partners worldwide and empowers more than 100,000 certified users every day to create hope for millions of patients. Discover the future of life sciences:  


We know that diverse teams win and are fully committed to selecting leaders and employees that represent the markets in which we operate. We are still led by our Co-founders, Tarek Sherif and Glen de Vries, and have global operations in US, Europe and Asia with over 2000 employees.

Your Mission: 

Medidata is looking for an experienced Senior Director, Engineering to lead our growing engineering teams as they design, implement, deploy and operate our services that enable clinical trial applications and data analytics.  The person selected will be central to building the engineering teams, the infrastructure, the microservices and the software that runs the world's most used platform for clinical development. The products and services developed and maintained by this engineering group are primarily built with Ruby on Rails and on Amazon Web Services.

Your Competencies:

  • Responsible for the technical analysis, design, evolution, delivery, stability, performance and scalability of our core services

  • Execute on aggressive product delivery timelines across multiple parts of Medidata

  • SOA-based platform to make our clients more effective in running their clinical trials

  • Ensure that SOPs and software development best practices are followed

  • Oversee technical investment, strategically, making sure that the teams are placing technical bets in the right place

  • Grow the organization through effective hiring, coaching and development of globally distributed team members.  Provide clear, consistent leadership, management and mentoring for direct reports and the broader technology organization. Inspire, empower and motivate the organization, leading by influence and personal example

  • Technical leader with demonstrable decision-making abilities:

    • You are able to synthesize large quantities of information quickly, identify what’s urgent and/or important, and correctly choose what needs to be shared up and down and when

    • You are able to take conflicting perspectives and missing information and make quick decisions that demonstrate exceptional judgement. You are expected to be the decision maker on next steps in high criticality production situations

    • You have good intuition but seek diverse perspectives and work to disconfirm your beliefs

    • You have strong judgement and through extensive engineering experience have developed good instincts for asking informed, guiding questions and suggesting next steps

    • You have the ability to roll up your sleeves and get involved in the technical details when needed - the ideal candidate is expected to have the technical skills required to move things forward during critical production issue and guide the architects and engineers to consensus when they are stuck

    • Technical experience designing and implementing RESTful APIs is desired

  • Culture setter and role model:

    • You have experience managing managers and understand the difference between managing leaders and managing ICs

    • You are able to debug engineering teams - identify what is holding them back from top performance and take action

    • Proven leadership in driving agile software engineering teams that are self-organizing is required

    • Proven cross functional collaboration with groups like software quality, project management, and product management to create positive change within the organization is required

    • Medidata leaders Hire and Develop the Best. They recognize and nurture exceptional talent

    • They raise the bar with every new hire by being committed to constantly bringing in talent and skills that are better than the team’s mean

Your Education & Experience:

  • Technical Bachelor’s degree required; Computer Science or equivalent degree preferred
  • Hands on experience in the software engineering discipline is required
  • Minimum 5 years of leadership experience
  • Experience building highly scalable AWS cloud-based services required, Ruby on Rails preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Medidata is making a real difference in the lives of patients everywhere by accelerating critical drug and medical device development, enabling life-saving drugs and medical devices to get to market faster. Our products sit at the convergence of the Technology and Life Sciences industries, one of most exciting areas for global innovation. Nine of the top 10 best-selling drugs in 2017 were developed on the Medidata platform.

Medidata’s solutions have powered over 14,000 clinical trials giving us the largest collection of clinical trial data in the world. With this asset, we pioneer innovative, advanced applications and intelligent data analytics, bringing an unmatched level of quality and efficiency to clinical trials enabling treatments to reach waiting patients sooner.

Medidata Solutions, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Medidata Solutions provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by the law. Medidata Solutions complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.