• International IT Business Partner

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Information Technology
  • Overview

    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 as well as scientific divisions located in our Seattle campus. The ITBP is the liaison between our international sites / scientific divisions and Center IT for IT priorities and initiatives. In support of scientific program leadership and research priorities, the ITBP will lead and be responsible for IT strategy, planning, timelines, budgeting and driving the IT needs for the program. The ITBP will work across IT to develop creative, technology-driven solutions to solve complex problems and identify new opportunities for innovation and optimization. The ITBP is also responsible for guiding and mentoring IT staff and consultants in Fred Hutch’s scientific settings. The ideal candidate will be a strong self-starter and skilled communicator, thrive in a fast-paced environment, have a demonstrated ability to solve technical challenges, and drive coordination between technical teams and business stakeholders. This position will report to the Portfolio Supervisor within the Project Management Office.

    Role Scope

    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. The HVTN partners with more than 30 clinical trial 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.


    • The Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) launched in 1991 with a $625 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health. As one of the largest U.S. prevention studies of its kind, the WHI is an ethnically and geographically diverse study of women. It was designed to address risk factors for cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis — the most frequent causes of death, disability and poor quality of life in postmenopausal women. At its inception, the WHI consisted of an observational study and clinical trials, with over 161,000 women enrolled at 40 prestigious research centers nationwide. The initial trials tested the effects of postmenopausal hormone therapy, a low-fat diet, and calcium and vitamin D supplements on risk of heart disease, fractures, breast cancer and colorectal cancer. Since then, WHI investigators, their colleagues and other independent investigators have leveraged program resources to initiate nearly 300 separately funded research projects. The massive WHI database and biospecimen repository is available to all researchers. Scientists have published more than 1800 papers using WHI data.


    • Partner with and be a trusted IT expert and advisor to our international / scientific program leaders and their associated teams located not only in Seattle but also in South Africa, Uganda, and future international sites; this includes a dotted line reporting relationship to leadership at these locations
    • Apply up-to-date and forward-looking best practices of Enterprise IT solutions for distributed locations
    • 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
    • Partner with Information Security to ensure solution compatibility with standards and best practices
    • Coordinate and partner with various teams outside of IT such as legal, HR, scientific divisions and others
    • 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
    • Own and drive an international / scientific IT operations portfolio in partnership with the IT department
    • Work with stakeholders and partners to create, maintain, and update both program-wide and site-specific IT strategies
    • Develop roadmaps, timelines, milestones and portfolio status reporting for international initiatives
    • 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



    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with 10+ years of IT and business experience in various roles in IT
    • Strong background in program and project management methodologies
    • Demonstrated experience building relationships with local and remote teams in complicated projects
    • Expertise with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio) tools with experience creating materials for executive-level review
    • Strong communication skills at all levels, including the ability to appropriately adapt communication methods and styles to the needs of stakeholders
    • Ability to take complex issues/matters and translate them in to meaningful and actionable items
    • Ability to effectively communicate via video/teleconference, messaging, file sharing and other methods with overseas teams
    • Strong strategic mindset and planning skills with expertise in execution of strategy
    • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, be highly organized, prioritize tasks, and maintain strong attention to detail
    • Strong collaboration skills and effectiveness in working within a matrixed environment
    • 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
    • Extensive experience managing third-party vendors, VARs, contracts
    • Strong creative problem-solving skills with ability to partner with various technical teams to drive solutions
    • Willingness and ability to work non-standard hours occasionally, given time zone differences
    • Periodic, regular international travel required



    • MBA and/or experience with global teams
    • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
    • Consulting experience
    • Work experience in a scientific research or academic environment
    • Familiarity with infrastructures for satellite offices
    • Experience working with international business cultures and languages

    Our Commitment to Diversity

    We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at escmail@fredhutch.org or by calling 206-667-4700.


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