Overview

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Our client is a leading research-based biopharmaceutical company. They apply science and their global resources to deliver innovative therapies that extend and significantly improve lives. Every day, colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention,  reatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time.

ROLE SUMMARY

The Agile Enterprise Solutions (AES) team represents the Digital Center of Excellence (CoE) for cloud infrastructure capabilities, providing foundational public and private cloud services to all business lines, globally across Pfizer.  AES is a high-performing team, focused on delivering secure, scalable, compliant, operationally viable, and cost-effective cloud solutions.

The Cloud Optimization Specialist role will ensure customers are leveraging the full economic potential of the cloud through cost and engineering effectiveness.  This role will interface with Digital finance teams, Creation Center consumer groups, and external cloud service providers (e.g. AWS) to effectively evaluate and manage cloud spend across the enterprise.

The Cloud Optimization Specialist will execute on a cloud optimization strategy that promotes a continuous efficiency mindset across the Pfizer Digital enterprise.  Responsibilities will include the creation of defined process methodology, continuous reporting of cloud usage and spend, identification and pursuit of optimization opportunities with consumers, and the use of cloud service provider features to control spend (e.g. Reserved Instances, Savings Plans).  The specialist will be tasked with the successful implementation of the strategy and provide continuous improvement feedback to ensure optimization objectives are obtained.

Working within Agile Enterprise Solutions is to be at the cutting edge of cloud technology within the context of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical organization, at a time when adoption of these technologies is increasing rapidly.  A strict adherence to data-driven approaches with a bias towards automation and tooling are required to sufficiently scale cloud optimization across Pfizer Digital.

Pfizer seeks individuals that are highly self-motivated, eager to learn, and are effective when working in a team environment.  A strong aptitude towards self-development and growth is highly desired.

ROLE RESPONSIBILITIES

The Cloud Optimization Specialist must be able operate independently and deliver against optimization strategies.  The specialist will be required to influence and coalesce with solution teams across the organization in order to drive optimization.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work directly with the Cloud Business Office Lead to develop an enterprise cloud optimization strategy for Pfizer’s public cloud environments.
  • Contribute to the development of a process for the management of reserved capacity.  Establish a cadence of recommendations and purchases aimed towards reducing overall cloud spend.
  • Contribute to a strategic approach for effective resource utilization management based on Infrastructure-as-Code principles, promoting API/policy-based controls to reduce spend for non-production systems.
  • Leverage and extend cloud service provider tools using exposed APIs around cost management, budgets and the optimization of cloud resources.
  • Assist in the development of systems or tools focused on cloud consumption, optimization, and general reporting that may utilizes both native and 3rd party systems in order to provide insights into spend performance and opportunities for improvement.
  • Work directly with Digital Creation Center Solutions teams to provide insights into their cloud usage and costs; provide optimization recommendations based on both present and future planned cloud usage patterns.
  • Execute on approved cost reduction initiatives for which AES has approved authority including (but not limited to): right-sizing, asset disposition, establishing power down profiles, etc.
  • Work collaboratively with external parties including cloud suppliers (e.g. AWS) and Pfizer AES strategic suppliers as part of reporting and optimization activities.
  • Commit to ongoing learning and professional development.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Candidates must be highly motivated and capable of working independently to resolve complex problems
  • Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in Computer Science, Engineering or related field, with experience utilizing cloud technologies
  • 1-2 years of cloud-specific experience with Amazon Web Services
  • Highly disciplined in general financial management
  • Comfortability with Windows, Macintosh, and Linux operating systems
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Ability to adapt to changing requirements and constraints
  • Ability to use creative thinking and advanced problem-solving skills
  • Experience in a customer-facing role
  • Strong communication and presentation skills


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