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Director of Platform Engineering

Location: Bellevue
Posted on: January 15, 2022

Job Description:

Job Summary

The Platform Engineering Director is accountable for establishing and leading Platform Engineering & Platform Operations Automation efforts. This role implements key enablers to increase the efficiency of change and innovation to ensure that the platform can scale rapidly to support growth. The expectation would be for the leader in this role to collaborate with internal & external technology stakeholders to build a culture of operations excellence incorporating Dev Ops industry best practices. This role builds Platform operational capabilities to consistently deliver value-add data solutions while optimizing cloud costs that are commensurate to value delivered. The expectation is that the capabilities being delivered also include platform service automation, exception based monitoring & alerting, CI / CD optimizations for data pipelines, automated templatized deployments, and data model performance tuning upgrades that increase resource usage efficiencies.

Primary function of this role includes:

  • Leading the design and implementation of platform technologies to support applications, creating a set of measures to ensure quality and control of engineering capability and performance
  • Reducing/removing bottlenecks in the platform ecosystem and building run ops transitioning capabilities for smooth transition to steady state.
  • Contributing to the design, build and operational management of a highly scalable, and available platform
  • Partnering closely with Global Security to ensure platform is secure against new and emerging threats.Job Responsibilities
    • Leads the design and implementation of technologies to support applications.
    • Partners cross-functionally across the organization and closely where and when needed.
    • Oversees and manages product vendors, platform vendor licensing and pay-per-use contracts and delivery of SLAs.
    • Advises management in developing processes, policies, and procedures. Implements effective engineering methods and provides technical guidance and acts as a resource for engineers.
    • Ensures components, materials, and tools are used to capacity. Experience and Education: Has extensive experience with the concepts and principles of one or more related fields or departments. Leads and directs the work of other employees and has responsibility for personnel actions including hiring, performance management, and termination. Supervision is often provided through a team of subordinate managers. Typically requires a bachelor's degree and at least 10 years of experience, including some prior management experience. Reports to: Typically reports to an executive. Competencies: Leadership skills. Ability to foster teamwork. Oral and written communication skills. Ability to identify and seek needed information/research skills. Technical expertise.
    • Works with key stakeholders to formulate a comprehensive technology plan that is consistent with the overall business objectives and budgetary considerations.
    • Applies broad knowledge of capabilities and environment to identify new growth areas, new technology and emerging opportunities. Conducts technological research by studying organization goals, strategies, practices, and user projects. Recommends information technology strategies, policies, and procedures by evaluating organization outcomes; identifying problems; evaluating trends; anticipating requirements.
    • Implements policies and defines approach to strategy achievement. Analyzes long-term impact of new or anticipated strategies and decisions.
    • Manages budgets, operational plans and performance requirements for the specified area of responsibility. Responsible for meeting budgetary goals and objectives.
    • Contributes to strategic planning, direction, and goal setting for the department or function in collaboration with senior management. Establishes departmental policies, practices, and procedures that have a significant impact on the organization. Facilitates communication between staff, management, vendors, and other technology resources within and outside of the organization. Shares highly complex information related to areas of expertise. Interacts with senior management to keep abreast of objectives. Interacts with direct reports and peers in management / customers / vendors to interpret information and improve cross-functional processes and programs. Builds and enhances key internal and external contactsAn Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans

      About Walgreens Boots Alliance
      Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is a global leader in retail pharmacy, impacting millions of lives every day through dispensing medicines, and providing accessible, high-quality care. With more than 170 years of trusted healthcare heritage and innovation in community pharmacy, the company is meeting customers' and patients' needs through its convenient retail locations, digital platforms and health and beauty products.

      Including equity method investments, WBA has a presence in more than 25 countries, employs more than 450,000 people and has more than 21,000 stores.

      WBA's purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives. The company is proud of its contributions to healthy communities, a healthy planet, an inclusive workplace and a sustainable marketplace. WBA is a participant of the United Nations Global Compact and adheres to its principles-based approach to responsible business.

      WBA is included in FORTUNE's 2021 list of the World's Most Admired Companies*. This is the 28th consecutive year that WBA or its predecessor company, Walgreen Co., has been named to the list.

      More company information is available at

      Basic Qualifications
      • Bachelor's Degree and at least 8 years OR High School/GED and at least 11 years of experience with Cloud Engineering, and/or Cloud Architecture
      • Experience with data management, advanced analytics and/or business intelligence,
      • Experience with core data analytics tools and concepts, such as data warehouses, data lakes, data streaming, extract-transform-load (ETL), data integration, dashboards, etc.
      • Knowledge of analytical methods, data science methods, machine learning and AI
      • Experience with vendor and vendor contract management, including SLA review.
      • Experience interacting at the executive level.
      • At least 5 years of experience contributing to financial decisions in the workplace.
      • At least 5 years of direct leadership, indirect leadership and/or cross-functional team leadership.
      • Willing to travel up to 10% of the time for business purposes (domestically and/or internationally).
        Preferred Qualifications
        • Bachelor's degree in IT, IS, Mathematics
        • Master's degree OR MBA
        • At least 5 years of program management experience in advanced analytics or business intelligence and/or technology
        • Experience partnering with security to ensure platform is secured and regulatory compliant.
        • Experience establishing & maintaining relationships with individuals at all levels of the organization, in the business community & with vendors.
        • Experience diagnosing, isolating, and resolving complex issues and recommending and implementing strategies to resolve problems
        • Experience identifying operational issues and recommending and implementing strategies to resolve problems.
        • Experience managing cross-functional and/or matrix teams.
        • Experience with platform architecture that is cloud efficient

Keywords: WALGREENS, Bellevue , Director of Platform Engineering, Engineering , Bellevue, Washington

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