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International IT Business Partner

International IT Business Partner

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Information Technology

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Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


The IT Business Partner (ITBP) serves as the technical lead for our international IT operations.  The ITBP is the liaison for our international sites for IT priorities and initiatives. In support of International program leadership and research priorities, the ITBP will lead and own IT strategy, planning, timelines, budgeting and driving the IT needs for the program. The ITBP is responsible for partnering across IT to develop creative, technology-driven solutions to solve complex problems and identifying new opportunities for innovation and optimization. The ITBP is also responsible for guiding and mentoring IT staff and consultants in Fred Hutch’s international settings. The ideal candidate will be a strong self-starter, thrive in a fast-paced environment, have a demonstrated ability to solve technical challenges, and drive coordination between technical teams and business stakeholders.


The scope of International IT operations includes but is not limited to:


Global Oncology, a cross-divisional program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center reporting to the Director’s office, has a mission to generate cancer research that has global impact, and support the development of research capacity and clinical care to reduce the burden of cancer in low- and middle-income countries. A cornerstone of the program is a decade-long alliance with the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) in Kampala, where Fred Hutch maintains a 25,000 square foot research, clinical care, and training facility, while other global cancer research activities are being pursued in China and elsewhere.


The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is the world’s largest publicly funded multi-disciplinary international collaboration facilitating the development of vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS. The Network conducts all phases of clinical trials, from evaluating experimental vaccines for safety and immunogenicity to testing vaccine efficacy. Headquartered at Fred Hutch, the HVTN is an international partnership of research scientists, clinical trial sites, laboratories, funders, regulators and ethicists, participants, volunteers and community representatives working with industry, academia, and governments in the global search for a preventive HIV vaccine. There are more than 30 sites on five continents. Fred Hutch has a 10,000-square foot laboratory in Cape Town, South Africa, referred to as the Cape Town HVTN Immunology Laboratory (CHIL) serving as a base for upcoming vaccine trials in South Africa and throughout the region. The South African clinical and laboratory teams reside across South Africa but primarily operate within Cape Town, Johannesburg and surrounding neighborhoods.



  • Partner with and be a trusted IT expert and advisor to our international program leaders and their associated teams located not only in Seattle but also in South Africa, Uganda, future international sites
  • Work with stakeholders and partners to create, maintain, and update both Program-wide and site-specific IT strategies
  • Own and drive an international IT operations portfolio in partnership with the IT department
  • Apply up-to-date and forward looking best practices of Enterprise IT solutions for distributed locations
  • Develop roadmaps, timelines, milestones and portfolio status reporting for international initiatives
  • Work closely with and be a liaison to global management team(s) for all international work across Fred Hutch and executives on international IT strategy, initiatives and prioritization
  • Coordinate and partner with various teams outside of IT such as legal, HR, scientific divisions and others
  • Create business case, justifications, and cost-benefit-analyses for budgeting and fiscal planning
  • Facilitate and lead cross-functional team meetings, track outcomes, assign, and drive action items to completion
  • Possess and utilize a broad knowledge of most technical and business resources to effectively coordinate and collaborate with team members and external resources
  • Partner with Information Security to ensure solution compatibility with standards and best practices
  • Serve as the strategy leader for international IT to escalate needs and issues to CIO and senior leadership within Center IT to aid in decision making with program and divisional teams and international sites


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with 10+ years of IT and business experience in various roles in IT. Working with global teams strongly preferred
  • Strong communication skills, at all levels, ability to take complex issues/matters and translate them to meaningful and actionable items
  • Knowledge of and broad experience working with all facets of IT operations including problem resolution, network engineering, systems engineering, project management office, service desk, enterprise applications, information security
  • Familiarity with infrastructures for satellite offices a strong plus
  • Ability to effectively communicate via technology with overseas teams
  • Experience working with international cultures and languages preferred
  • Consulting experience preferred
  • Extensive experience managing third-party vendors, VARs, contracts
  • Strong strategic mindset and planning skills, forward looking, with expertise in execution of strategy
  • Strong background in program and project management methodologies
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, be highly organized, prioritize tasks, and maintain strong attention to detail
  • Strong creative problem-solving skills with ability to partner with various technical teams to drive solutions
  • Strong collaboration skills and effectiveness in working within a matrixed environment
  • Willingness and ability to work non-standard hours occasionally, given time zone differences
  • Willingness and ability to travel occasionally to international settings in Africa and possibly Asia.