Python Software Developer (R1121616) in London, UK at IQVIA™

Date Posted: 4/4/2020

Job Snapshot

Job Description

IQVIA™ is the leading human data science company focused on helping healthcare clients find unparalleled insights and better solutions for patients. Formed through the merger of IMS Health and Quintiles, IQVIA offers a broad range of solutions that harness the power of healthcare data, domain expertise, transformative technology, and advanced analytics to drive healthcare forward.



Python Software Developer

Predictive Analytics, RWI Technology

We are looking for a confident, innovative, and intellectually curious Python software developer to join our London-based Predictive Analytics team. This is an exciting opportunity to work in one of the world's leading RWI teams, with access to the world’s largest set of healthcare information and the latest technology platforms and analytics software.



The Role

  • You will be an integral part of the predictive analytics team, advancing the team’s analysis and modelling stack such that projects can be executed more efficiently and with improved accuracy.
  • You should want to automate your job away, so that repeated tasks are scalable, and fresh challenges and novel approaches can be pursued.
  • Strong communication skills across disciplines is essential in order to collaboratively plan and execute end-to-end solutions with a range of experts including data scientists, software engineers, product owners, and system architects.


Day-to-day responsibilities include:

  • Participating in the on-going build and maintenance of a big-data machine learning platform, including several custom-built Python packages, for project delivery and deployment.
  • Supporting other data scientists in the use of this platform for the successful delivery of machine-learning client projects.
  • Working closely with data scientists and software engineers to automate tasks and roadmap improvements for project design and execution.
  • Carrying out a variety of product development initiatives, from requirements gathering to prototyping.


Our ideal candidate:

  • Advanced-level programming skills in Python, ideally developed from experience working on long-term commercial projects, including significant experience using libraries such as Numpy and Pandas, for the development of maintained components.
  • Ability to integrate and scale solutions that involve large data sources in SQL databases and/or distributed systems such as Hadoop/Spark.
  • A set of software-development values that ensures high-quality, readable, and maintainable code is produced within an open and collaborative environment.
  • A pragmatic approach in scope and design, seeking simple iterative solutions wherever possible to shorten the time-to-value of work. 
  • Familiarity with Agile methodologies, such as Scrum or Kanban, as well as software development practices such as Continuous Integration, Test-Driven Development, and DevOps.


Bonus points for:

  • Knowledge of healthcare / life science issues involving Real-World Evidence.
  • Knowledge of supervised machine learning methods, such as regularized regressions, ensemble tree classifiers (e.g. xgboost), Support Vector Machines, deep learning, etc.
  • Experience with PySpark.
  • Advanced skills with shell scripting commands (grep, sed, awk, etc).


The Team

You will join this high-profile team to work on ground-breaking problems in health outcomes across disease areas including Ophthalmology, Oncology, Neurology, Chronic diseases (such as diabetes), and a variety of very rare conditions. The Predictive Analytics team works hand-in-hand with statisticians, epidemiologists, and disease area experts across the wider global RWE Solutions team, leveraging a vast variety of anonymous patient-level information. The data encompasses IQVIA’s access to over 530 million anonymised patients as well as bespoke, custom partnerships with healthcare providers and payers.

Our Predictive Analytics team within the Real World Insights (RWI) Technology division is a fast growing group of collaborative, enthusiastic, and entrepreneurial individuals. In our quest to harness the value of Real World Evidence (RWE), we are at the centre of IQVIA’s pursuit of machine learning and cutting-edge statistical methods to advance healthcare. Our efforts improve retrospective clinical studies, under-diagnosis of rare diseases, personalized treatment response profiles, disease progression predictions, and clinical decision-support tools. 

We know that meaningful results require not only the right approach but also the right people. We invite you to reimagine healthcare with us. You will have the opportunity to play an important part in helping our clients drive healthcare forward and ultimately improve human health outcomes.

Join Us

Making a positive impact on human health takes insight, curiosity, and intellectual courage. It takes brave minds, pushing the boundaries to transform healthcare. Regardless of your role, you will have the opportunity to play an important part in helping our clients drive healthcare forward and ultimately improve outcomes for patients.

Forge a career with greater purpose, make an impact, and never stop learning.



Job ID: R1121616