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Principal API Architect

Wayne, Pennsylvania R1427361

Wayne, Pennsylvania| Remote

  • Level: Entry-level, Mid-level, Senior-level

Build a rewarding career in life sciences consulting and forge your own path. Partner with collaborative teams and leaders across unique projects and geographies, delivering innovative solutions to the most complex healthcare problems along the way. Working at IQVIA means changing outcomes for patients one data set, product offering and innovative solution at a time.

As a Consultant at IQVIA, you'll have the opportunity to grow your career and explore opportunities in brand and integrated research solutions, go-to-market strategy, commercial excellence, real world data, financial investor consulting and more.

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Principal API Architect

Wayne, Pennsylvania, United States| Remote R1427361
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Job Description

Global Technology Organization – Architecture and Standards:Within IQVIA’s Global Technology and Operations function, the Architecture & Standards organization’s mission is to enhance efficiency, speed, quality, interoperability and alignment of IQVIA’s technology by establishing “the IQVIA way.” Our vision is to foster a developer-first culture that promotes collaboration across siloed software development and other technology teams.

Technical Architecture Team: The Technical Domain Architecture team consists of hands-on engineers with expertise in various technical domains.  They define and maintain IQVIA architecture standards and reference architectures, build reference implementations and provide guidance to engineering teams during the technical design committee process.  In addition, technical architects will lead agile guilds for their domain – communities of practice that share technical knowledge across IQVIA’s federated engineering teams.

The Position: We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Principal API Architect to join our Technical Domain Architecture team within the Architecture and Standards Group of our Global Technology Organization. The Principal API Architect will be responsible for designing reference architectures, developing reference implementations, and managing robust and scalable API architectures that align with our business needs and technology strategy. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in API design and development, a deep understanding of software architecture principles, and a strong background in cloud services and loosely coupled architectures.

Essential Functions:

  • Author API Standards and Best Practices: Lead the development of the API Style guide and related standards and best practices.
  • Collaboration: Lead the API Guild and work closely with engineering and product teams to promote our API-first development strategy.
  • Innovation: Serve as the API thought leader, recommending innovative solutions to improve our systems.
  • Strategic Planning: Develop and maintain the API strategy, ensuring alignment with overall business goals and technology strategy.
  • Developer Productivity and Experience: Contribute to the design of the Internal Developer Portal (DevIQ) related to API development and management. Set standards for documentation and testing to optimize the development experience for API consumers.
  • API Lifecycle and Governance: Establish and document the full lifecycle of API governance policies, standards, best practices, and testing techniques.
  • Vendor and Tool Evaluation: Evaluate API tools and vendors to balance functionality, cost, developer experience, performance, and observability.
  • Security: Implement robust security measures to protect APIs from threats and vulnerabilities.
  • Mentorship: Provide technical leadership and mentors


  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in software development and architecture.
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing APIs and services.
  • Strong understanding of RESTful architectural style and when to leverage alternative styles like gRPC and GraphQL.
  • Extensive experience with cloud platforms such as AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud.
  • Strong understanding of event-driven architectures.
  • Experience with API gateways, service mesh, observability, infrastructure automation, and tools like Postman.
  • Experience with interface description languages such as OpenAPI Specification and AsyncAPI.
  • Experience with Healthcare/Life Sciences industry standards like HL7 FHIR and OMOP
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as Python, JavaScript, or Java.


  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Deep understanding of API security, authentication, and authorization mechanisms.
  • Familiarity with DevOps practices and CI/CD pipelines.

Additional Attributes:

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Strong commitment to quality and continuous improvement.
  • Passion for staying current with industry trends and emerging technologies.

IQVIA is a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions and clinical research services to the life sciences industry. We believe in pushing the boundaries of human science and data science to make the biggest impact possible – to help our customers create a healthier world. Learn more at

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities for all, including veterans and candidates with disabilities.

IQVIA’s ability to operate and provide certain services to customers and partners necessitates IQVIA and its employees meet specific requirements regarding COVID-19 vaccination status.

The potential base pay range for this role, when annualized, is $142,800.00 - $265,200.00. The actual base pay offered may vary based on a number of factors including job-related qualifications such as knowledge, skills, education, and experience; location; and/or schedule (full or part-time). Dependent on the position offered, incentive plans, bonuses, and/or other forms of compensation may be offered, in addition to a range of health and welfare and/or other benefits.
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