CDS Product Owner

Acorn AI Boston, Massachusetts

Position at SHYFT

  • Medidata: Conquering Diseases Together

    Medidata is leading the digital transformation of life sciences, creating hope for millions of patients. Medidata helps generate the evidence and insights to help pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and diagnostics companies, and academic researchers accelerate value, minimize risk, and optimize outcomes. More than one million registered users across 1,400 customers and partners access the world's most-used platform for clinical development, commercial, and real-world data. Nine of the top 10 best-selling drugs in 2017 were developed on the Medidata platform. Medidata, a Dassault Systèmes company, is headquartered in New York City and has offices around the world to meet the needs of its customers. Discover more at


    Acorn AI is one of the largest AI companies exclusively dedicated to life sciences. It is built on Medidata’s platform that includes the industry’s largest structured, standardized and growing clinical trial data repository consisting of 20,000+ trials and 6M patients. Our team is composed of over 300 PhD/Masters data scientists, engineers, analytical product leads, engagement managers, former FDA biostatisticians and computational genomicists.

    Your Mission:

    CDS is looking for a Product Owner. The role will define product requirements, support management of cross-functional engineering efforts, perform analyses, and synthesize insights to accelerate the development and commercialization of cloud-based analytics and data management products. Together with product management, the Product Owner will identify the hardest business problem facing our users and will synthesize their use cases into specifications to be refined with our engineering and design teams. The Product Owner will work with our delivery and customer success teams to ensure that products are easily and optimally configured for our users, and with the end users themselves to conduct user research and collect feedback to continuously improve our solutions.

    • Develop and provide extensive subject matter expertise in product’s domain, from data management, analysis, and visualization

    • Translate business needs into requirements for a technical audience, including creating user stories, synthesizing use cases, defining acceptance criteria, and  documenting feature overviews

    • Work across an interdisciplinary team to prioritize and coordinate tasks, monitor progress, help resolve issues, and facilitate team meetings

    • Perform data-driven analyses and develop recommendations to guide decision making

    • Participate in and support interactions with clients to collect business requirements and drive product adoption

    • Help develop external communication material by translating and summarizing technical information for business audiences, and developing key messaging

    • Consult with the delivery team to ensure that our products are easy to deploy and have maximum impact where implemented

    • Work with product management to finalize product priorities in alignment with product roadmap, including bug fixes.

    Your Competencies:

    • Strong analytical and quantitative skills; ability to use hard data and metrics to back up assumptions, recommendations, and drive actions.

    • Strengths in problem solving, issue-resolution, ability to work in a deadline-driven work environment, attention to detail, and ability to multitask.

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with a demonstrated experience engaging and influencing cross-functional team members 

    • Demonstrated ability to understand and discuss technical concepts, manage trade-offs, and evaluate opportunistic new ideas with team members 

    • Ability to effectively communicate technical information and processes to relevant stakeholders, and to describe business problems and use cases to technical audiences

    • Critical thinking: Analysis and problem solving skills to address core business problems; Ability to effectively evaluate a problem or situation from all angles to determine the most appropriate solution

    • Must have a passion for turning data into valuable information and knowledge

    Your Education & Experience:

    • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree in a technical or life science and a minimum of 2 years of related experience; or an advanced degree with 1+ year experience

    • Relevant experience with life sciences and data management

    • Relevant experience with commercial pharmaceutical analytics

    • Agile software development experience. Experience working with designers a plus.

    • Working knowledge of SQL

    • Familiarity with data modeling practices a plus. Familiarity with Python or other scripting languages a plus

    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 Solutions have powered over 20,000+ 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.