Principal IT Systems Engineer

South San Francisco, California

Posted in Pharmaceuticals

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Principal Systems IT Engineer

Do you want to be part of an inclusive team that works to develop innovative therapies for patients? Every day, we are driven to develop and deliver innovative and effective new medicines to patients and physicians. If you want to be part of this exciting work, you belong at Astellas!

Astellas Pharma Inc. is a pharmaceutical company conducting business in more than 70 countries around the world. We are committed to turning innovative science into medical solutions that bring value and hope to patients and their families. Keeping our focus on addressing unmet medical needs and conducting our business with ethics and integrity enables us to improve the health of people throughout the world. For more information on Astellas, please visit our website at

About Astellas Gene Therapies

Astellas Gene Therapies is an Astellas Center of Excellence developing genetic medicines for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases. Based on our innovative approach to developing genetic medicines, as well as our industry-leading internal manufacturing capability and expertise, we have become the Astellas Center of Excellence for their newly-created Genetic Regulation Focus Area. We are currently exploring three gene therapy modalities: gene replacement, exon skipping gene therapy, and vectorized RNA knockdown, with plans to expand our focus and geographic reach under Astellas. We are based in San Francisco, with manufacturing and laboratory facilities in South San Francisco and Sanford, North Carolina. For more information, please visit our website:

The Role

As part of the Data Systems & Controls team, the Principal IT Systems Engineer will deliver IT support for our pilot plant and research laboratory systems, working onsite at our South San Francisco, CA location. This role requires advanced technical skills and a strong focus on customer service and systems ownership. The Principal IT Systems Engineer must be a team player that understands the importance of collaboration and can drive projects and the resolution of issues to completion with minimal supervision and effective utilization of vendor and contract resources. Some travel may be required.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Leads projects to deliver or enhance systems and applications through researching technologies, developing solutions or roadmaps, and drafting design and configurations to meet the needs of stakeholder group requirements
  • Leads computer system validation and is responsible for qualification protocols, summary reports, exception resolutions, data collection and analysis, and UAT planning and coordination
  • Responsible for systems ownership, administration, and deployment including routine preventative maintenance, change control, procedure development, and technical assistance to operations
  • Investigates and troubleshoots technical problems of increasing complexity, utilizing system documentation, and addresses system outages/issues impacting operations by identifying, prioritizing, and resolving issues
  • Monitors and verifies acceptable performance and accessibility of newly deployed IT solutions and performs investigations and deliver corrective actions, as required
  • Supports the Digital Analytical Technologies team in the implementation of network and infrastructure changes impacting the lab and production systems and applications
  • Monitors and troubleshoots daily system backups and develops, tests, and maintains disaster recovery procedures
  • Work schedule includes 'out of normal' work hours for IT support, maintenance, or other activities as required

Organizational Context:

This position is a technical and team leadership position reporting to the Associate Director, Data Systems & Controls within the Astellas Gene Therapies Research & Technical Operations Division.

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