Engineering Manager/Technical Lead (Research Patient Data Registry) at Careerbuilder in Somerville, Massachusetts

Posted in Other 15 days ago.

Job Description:

About Us:

As a not-for-profit organization, Mass General Brigham is committed to supporting patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community by leading innovation across our system. Founded by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Mass General Brigham supports a complete continuum of care including community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Several of our hospitals are teaching affiliates of Harvard Medical School, and our system is a national leader in biomedical research.

We're focused on a people-first culture for our system's patients and our professional family. That's why we provide our employees with more ways to achieve their potential. Mass General Brigham is committed to aligning our employees' personal aspirations with projects that match their capabilities and creating a culture that empowers our managers to become trusted mentors. We support each member of our team to own their personal development-and we recognize success at every step.

Our employees use the Mass General Brigham values to govern decisions, actions and behaviors. These values guide how we get our work done: Patients, Affordability, Accountability & Service Commitment, Decisiveness, Innovation & Thoughtful Risk; and how we treat each other: Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity & Respect, Learning, Continuous Improvement & Personal Growth, Teamwork & Collaboration.

General Summary/Overview Statement

The Research Information Systems & Computing (RISC) group of Mass General Brigham is looking for an Engineering Manager to be a key member of the RPDR (Research Patient Data Registry) team.

The Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR) is a centralized clinical data registry designed for facilitating research across the Mass General Brigham enterprise. Our group is focused on the consolidation of data into this repository from a variety of hospitals and source systems. To date, we have over 3.5 billion individual data points on over 7 million patients. In addition, we develop tools and services to search and disseminate data to researchers on IRB approved studies. We handle over 35,000 query requests from over 1500 researchers annually, including the creation and delivery of over 5,000 identified data sets. The total value of grants that depend on data delivered from the RPDR for their associated research projects is estimated to be over $1 billion.

The Engineering Manager position will provide technical leadership and guidance to a small team of developers who are responsible for delivering software solutions for complex problems within the RPDR. We are looking for a self-motivated individual who demonstrates great attention to detail and can manage a small, but very efficient group. This position will have significant influence on our overall technical strategy and will be counted on to lead the RPDR technical team through complete project lifecycles, from design to development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance.

The ideal person must love a challenge and feel comfortable working on an evolving project in which the specific goals and deliverables are subject to change. Deep analytical skills are a necessity, as well as an ability to successfully work with new technologies, quickly grasp new concepts, and think creatively when solving complex problems. You may be asked to take on other duties the team may need as assigned and you will actively participate in all facets of the project.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

20% - Team Management

  • Lead a team of 4-5 developers and systems engineers.

  • Encourage full participation of team members within their defined roles and responsibilities.

  • Focus the team to ensure on-time delivery of projects.

  • Work to develop resiliency among team member so they can adapt to and navigate challenges and obstacles.

  • Contribute to the development of direct reports and overall performance management by lending your knowledge and experience to teach others what you know.

  • Influence the future direction of the team and vision for what is possible.

  • Set and monitor annual performance goals & objectives, including responsibility for performance appraisals.

  • Work with Assistant Director of Operations in the development of technical staff including routine check-ins; identifying training needs; providing coaching/teaching; and identifying/advocating for professional development opportunities.

  • Remove roadblocks facing developers for day-to-day projects.

20% - Planning, Prioritization, & Strategy

  • Translate corporate/functional business and information objectives into technical solutions

  • Assist with creating project resource estimates, metrics to track completion phase, defect reports, defect prevention, development efficiency and quality.

  • Learn about our core customers (the Mass General Brigham research community) and become involved with the research community.

  • Partner with the Assistant Director to develop a roadmap aligned with the team's key business goals.

  • Analyze functional and system level requirements, tasks, and issues and coordinate project planning across teams.

  • Provide recommendations for optimal product architecture as technology evolves

  • Understand technology solutions used cross the research enterprise, and work to reduce redundancies, and promote collaboration.

60% - Execution

  • Develop knowledge to act as domain expert.

  • Take ownership of what you and the team build and coordinate your efforts across the teams to ensure proper completion.

  • Design and code software components, units, and modules that meet product specification and development schedules.

  • Establish best practices for change management, code reviews, evaluating and reducing technical debt, creating automated testing procedures, etc.

  • Creates meaningful technical and business documentation to ensure alignment across groups.

  • Work with the developers and systems engineers to solve critical problems and identify efficiencies in implementing technical and functional requirements and tasks.

  • Use the Mass General Brigham values to govern decisions, actions, and behaviors. These values guide how we get our work done: Patients, Affordability, Accountability & Service Commitment, Decisiveness, Innovation & Thoughtful Risk; and how we treat each other: Diversity & Inclusion, Integrity & Respect, Learning, Continuous Improvement & Personal Growth, Teamwork & Collaboration.

  • Performs all other duties as required.


  • Bachelor's/Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineering, or related, equivalent experience.

  • 8+ years of experience with multiple software programming technologies including at least one major programming language (Java, C#, C++, etc.). Strong preference for expertise with Microsoft and .Net technologies.

  • Minimum 3 years of hands-on technical leadership and people management experience, with a team of at least 3 engineers. Must include experience working closely with product owners, stakeholders, and project managers.

  • Large scale systems design experience.

  • Hands-on proficiency with SQL, SSIS, and ETL jobs.

  • Experience with cloud-based technology (preferred).

  • Experience working with data and databases (Sql Server, Oracle, No-Sql, etc.); preference for familiarity working with large datasets or big data technologies (Hadoop, HDFS, MongoDB, etc.)

  • Knowledge of research and clinical systems desired.

Skills/Abilities/Competencies Required

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with cross functional teams including staff at all levels of the organization including both technical and non-technical personnel

  • Results-oriented

  • A collaborative self-starter with a passion for leading development teams

  • Exceptional problem solving and negotiation skills

  • Self-motivated, independent, and possesses the ability to learn quickly

  • Ability to run large and small-scale projects concurrently, applying knowledge and awareness of project management principles

  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure and to manage to tight deadlines

  • Nurtures and develops promising ideas across the team; eager to experiment and innovate

  • Strong player-coach mentality

  • Proud that they can write top-quality code; however, doesn't micromanage the team

  • Interested in evaluating characteristics and advantages of different programming techniques and technology platforms

  • Skilled in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships, understanding that different team members may need different forms of communication

  • Experience developing cross-departmental relationships in order to remove team impediments

  • Ability to communicate information clearly and effectively, sharing knowledge upward, downward, and across the department

Working Conditions

MGB has implemented special remote working policies due to COVID-19. These policies are subject to change; however, it is currently expected that this position will work remotely (e.g. from home) full time through June 2021

If onsite:

Working with our team on site in Somerville as well as traveling to meet collaborators at multiple sites in the local Boston area. 5 - 10% travel outside of may be Boston required.

EEO Statement

Mass General Brigham is an Equal Opportunity Employer & by embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law.