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Ontology and Data Standards Expert

Company: Pfizer
Location: Indianapolis
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

The Digital ESDE (Enterprise Data Solutions & Engineering) team partners across Pfizer to drive new capabilities for the reuse of cross-domain data and information that enables portfolio decision-making and breakthroughs to change patients' lives.
Our team focuses on a consistent, semantically empowered data strategy to enable the primary and secondary use of internal and external data.
Pfizer Digital ESDE is seeking a talented, results-oriented individual with a passion for knowledge management to contribute to our digital initiative to ensure accuracy and consistency in our data.
This individual will play a crucial role in the management and oversight of Pfizer's data assets to help provide business users with high-quality data that is easily accessible in a consistent manner by applying FAIR principles. The person should be an experienced terminology manager to assist our colleagues with managing and implementing domain-specific terminologies that semantically enrich core knowledge models. The candidates possess practical experience as an Ontologist/Taxonomist and Data Steward.
This position will collaborate with the ESDE and Business organization to drive the terminology and data standards strategy that enables data reuse and the delivery of digital products.

  • Define and lead a data stewards and owner council

  • Identify, describe, and analyze gaps in R&D data access, relationships, lineage, or tools to drive new capabilities and promote the reuse of cross-domain data and information

  • Map terminologies across R&D and partner touchpoints across WRDM (Worldwide Research, Development, and Medical) and GPD (Global Product Development)

  • Create a roadmap and support commonly used Ontology and Terminology tools

  • Actively manage the existing terminology; create/delete/update nodes and metadata.

  • Define and lead a data stewards and owner council

  • Coordinate with other team members to maintain best practices for standard naming conventions and coding practices to ensure consistency and interoperability of data models.

  • Collaborate with data SME and information owners to ensure data is managed according to the FAIR Principles and meets current but also future analytics roadmap requirements

  • Perform manual cleansing processes where gaps may exist

  • Coordinate with other team members to maintain best practices for standard naming conventions and coding practices to ensure consistency and interoperability of data models.

  • Work closely with the subject matter experts to define data elements and to determine which taxonomy terms are appropriate candidates consistent with corporate knowledge representation and resolve taxonomy and classification issues in creative and intelligent ways

  • Identify and implement improvements to taxonomy change management processes and internal/external communications

  • Maintain a detailed inventory of the existing Research & Development terminologies


    • Bachelors' degree in a life-science related field, Information science, library science or computer science

    • 5+ years' experience with direct experience implementing successful data standards and terminology solutions in the life science industry.

    • 2+ years' experience managing a taxonomy, ontology, or controlled vocabulary.

    • Knowledge of commonly used Ontology and Terminology tools (e.g. CENTree, TopBraid, Prot--g--)

    • Knowledge of Semantic Web technologies (RDF/s, OWL), query languages (SPARQL) and validation/reasoning standards (SHACL, SPIN)

    • Strong analytical skills, including a thorough understanding of how to interpret business needs

    • Demonstrated the successful adaptation of data standards in a previous work experience

    • Proven ability working in matrixed environment with diverse groups including digital colleagues, subject matter experts, project scientists and senior management

    • Successful implementation of various aspect of the FAIR Principles at a previous work engagement

    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate, collaborate and influence at all levels within the organization and across the external ecosystem

    • Strong stakeholder management skills, considering various frames of reference and ensuring cross-functional alignment in decision-making

    • Strong strategic and communication skills (written and verbal)

    • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


      • Masters Degree in related field

      • 8+ years of total relevant experience including participating and running governance orgs to manage taxonomy, ontology, vocabulary, catalogs, glossaries etc.

      • Knowledge of library and metadata world and processes. Experience using the SciBite technology suite is a plus

      • Experience with knowledge graphs such as Neo4J or Stardog

      • Experience as a Taxonomist and Data Steward.

      • Experience with managing and troubleshooting a data catalog. Knowledge specifically in Alation / Collibra is a plus

      • Knowledge of business processes in one or more of discovery, research, clinical, regulatory or safety domains

      • Experience as technology or data project management


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          • Occasional work outside business hours to accommodate collaboration with colleagues in global Pfizer sites.

          • Up to 10% travel if needed to Global sites for workshops

            Other Job Details:

            • Last day to apply: June 6, 2023

            • Additional Location Information: Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Remote, Canada; Citywest, Dublin, Ireland; Remote, United Kingdom; Walton Oaks, United Kingdom; Remote, United States; Thessaloniki, Greece

              Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.
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              Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations. These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider's name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure. Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act. Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government. If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.
              EEO & Employment Eligibility
              Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.
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