Aetna Exec Dir, Platform & Solutions in Wellesley, Massachusetts

Req ID: 42806BR


Develop vision, provide leadership, and enable execution for Platform and Solutions teams serving PDS organization. PDS (Phoenix Data Solutions) is a special purpose legal entity responsible for hosting and managing data for Aetna and all its affiliate businesses. PDS is in process of rapid transformation, upgrading technologies, attracting new leadership, and helping accomplish Aetnas vision of building a healthier world.

Executive Director, Platform & Solutions will manage an organization of approx. 40 employees and 20-30 contingent workers who provide design and solutioning services for PDS org in support of Aetna goals, provide interface to platform engineering team for management of on premise data lake ecosystem, help lead our migration to cloud and design hybrid solutions that work across on premise and in public cloud, and manage several COEs for Cloud, BI, and Salesforce.

Fundamental Components:

  • Manages an organization consisting of approx. 40 employees and 20-30 contingent workers who contribute to four primary services or functions;

  • Provide design and solutioning services for PDS org in support of Aetna goals. This is done in collaboration with Enterprise Architecture organization. The goal is to interface with business areas needing support, understand and triage their needs and map it to set of technologies we have in place or recommend an alternate solution

  • Provide interface to platform engineering team for management of on premise data lake ecosystem (set requirements and abstract delivery and data engineering teams from these responsibilities); manage and keep control of the overall data lake ecosystem / environment, provide and manage tooling etc. This is done in strong collaboration with platform engineering team

  • Help lead our migration to cloud and design hybrid solutions that work across on premise and in public cloud

  • Manage several COEs (Centers of Excellence) for Cloud, BI and Salesforce (or other SaaS tools in future)

  • Requires very strong technology background and knowledge of latest technology, industry and information technology trends, tools and methodologies to develop solutions on projects of strategic significance

  • Requires strong collaboration skills with business stakeholders, IT leaders, PDS leaders and ability to understand and ideally anticipate opportunities and key business challenges

  • Directs the selection, evaluation, contracting, and integration of available tools to deliver system solutions.

  • Leads and builds high performance teams and ensures staff development across unit by providing leadership and mentoring.

  • Manages budgets, plans and expenses. Ensures development cost estimates are based on consistent methodology.

  • Proactively identifies cost savings to reduce overall development expenditures.

  • Resolves issues and removes barriers that hinder development initiatives. Builds contingency plans and executes corrective action on a timely basis to mitigate risks.

  • Ensures development and testing processes and services adhere to appropriate privacy and security protocols.

  • Provides leadership to a significant enterprise staff function through multiple levels of managers.

  • Significantly impacts the results of a corporate function, applying business expertise to identify strategic opportunities and trends.

  • Sets priorities and executes strategy for PDS.


  • Bachelors degree required.

  • Advanced degree in Computer Science or a related discipline preferred.


    The highest level of education desired for candidates in this position is a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.


    Functional - Information Technology/Management: > 25 employees/4-6 Years

    Functional - Information Technology/Strategy & planning/More Than 10 Years


    General Business/Consulting for Solutions/MASTERY

    Leadership/Anticipating and Innovating/MASTERY

    Leadership/Developing and Executing Strategy/MASTERY

    Telework Specifications:

    Telework is not an option for this position.


    Additional Requirements:

  • 15+ years work experience in systems development of equivalent combination of education and work experience.

  • Extensive knowledge of the system development life cycle, systems, and application program development alternatives.

  • Expert experience implementing complex, enterprise-wide data transformation and processing solutions

  • Proven track record in managing large multiple, complex and integrated development projects.

  • Multiple years proven leadership experience setting strategic direction and influencing change that resulted in quantifiable positive outcomes.

  • Extensive experience managing large, diverse and high performing teams

  • Negotiation and influencing skills required

  • Ability to work collaboratively through various department and functions at multiple levels of the organization

  • Superior ability to communicate technical ideas and results to non-technical clients in written and verbal form

  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, including formal presentations for all levels of management combined with strong collaboration/influencing abilities.

  • Excellent collaboration skills to effectively partner with business clients and IT staff.

    Aetna is about more than just doing a job. This is our opportunity to re-shape healthcare for America and across the globe. We are developing solutions to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. What we do will benefit generations to come.

    We care about each other, our customers and our communities. We are inspired to make a difference, and we are committed to integrity and excellence.

    Together we will empower people to live healthier lives.

    Aetna is an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of personal characteristics or status. We take affirmative action to recruit, select and develop women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

    We are a company built on excellence. We have a culture that values growth, achievement and diversity and a workplace where your voice can be heard.

    Benefit eligibility may vary by position. Click here to review the benefits associated with this position.

    Aetna takes our candidate's data privacy seriously. At no time will any Aetna recruiter or employee request any financial or personal information (Social Security Number, Credit card information for direct deposit, etc.) from you via e-mail. Any requests for information will be discussed prior and will be conducted through a secure website provided by the recruiter. Should you be asked for such information, please notify us immediately.

Job Function: Information Technology