1+ months

Senior Manager, Microservices Engineering Lead

The Senior Manager, Microservice Engineering Lead is charged with the strategic ownership of microservice architecture & standards across the whole of Platform DevOps, with a focus on the highest impact development cross platform. These services will be used by 2000+ applications in every market that Pfizer has a digital presence. Core microservices support over 106 million visits by our customers.

Microservices are a core strategy for our platform's at Pfizer, within this team the technical standards will be set, development completed where appropriate and a catalogue/offering maintained. The successful candidate will be responsible for shaping the vision, framework, promotion & development of these services.


The main responsibilities of this role are to own our strategy within Platform DevOps for Microservice usage and development patterns. This role will also be hands on with expectation to design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable services & components leveraging a contract development team.

The successful candidate will lead a high performing Agile team ensuring that best practice CI/CD workflows are in place with key metrics captured and reported on such as; number of daily production deployments, mean time between failures, mean time to recover etc.

Ensure the best possible performance, quality, and security of all services built.

Management of a vendor certification program, which will train & monitor development quality from our vendor partners.

Responsible for vendor partner ongoing delivery quality.

Share & promote our Microservice strategy across Pfizer Digital, through technical councils, blog postings & direct project involvement. Seen as a thought leader, expert and source of advice across the organization.

Own and manage the microservice governance process which involves cross team representatives to ensure all microservice delivery is aligned with our standards, processes and duplication of effort does not take place.

Identify bottlenecks and bugs, and devise solutions to these problems through known and innovative means.

Own and manage the release management of the delivered microservices. Understanding how they are integrated and consumed, what the dependencies are and working with the relevant teams to manage and mitigate any impact of release.

Manage both an operational and project-based budget to deliver core and business requested services.

Whilst this role will not have colleague reports, it is expected that the candidate will manage a team of long-term contractors & dotted line colleague developers. The candidate will look to grow their reports knowledge base, skill set through development plans, objective setting and performance management.


Relevant experience as an information technology professional in roles such as a software developer, technical project manager, systems administrator, database administrator, systems engineer, computer engineer or support specialist, engineering lead, technical team lead.

Knowledge of scaled distributed systems and cloud implementations with proven track record in Performance, Scalability and Resiliency

Understanding of cloud design patterns

Experience of CI/CD and DevOps work styles

Familiar with AWS SAM and/or Chalice

Familiar with SDLC/Agile/Scrum processes

Formal AWS qualifications are desirable

Very strong experience of developing RESTful API micro-services based on Python, AWS (must have 3+ years Python development experience in a commercial environment)

Exposure to test-driven development, with Jenkins experience a strong plus and knowledge of BDD and Pytest also a bonus

Security principles, and security implementations for database engines and associated applications


Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to establish relationships, influence outcomes, and deliver effective presentations to a variety of audiences.

Excellent skills in planning, analysis, oral and written communication, consensus building, facilitation, negotiation, and the ability to readily learn a new business area.

Proven capability facilitating projects in an Agile/DevOps environment.

Excited by software development and technology in general, proactively keeps up to date on the latest and greatest trends and is keen to share and train team members on upcoming technology developments

Proactive, highly motivated, and detail-oriented, and will possess outstanding communication skills and work well in an agile team environment.

Previous experience in a pharmaceutical or regulated environment is a bonus.


Pfizer is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable equal employment opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction in which it operates.

Information & Business Tech


Posted: 2021-05-26 Expires: 2021-11-06

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