IBM Global Standards & Traceability Technical Advisor in ARLINGTON, Virginia

Job Description

IBM Global Business Services (GBS) is a team of business, strategy and technology consultants enabling enterprises to make smarter decisions and providing unparalleled client and consumer experiences in cognitive, data analytics, cloud technology and mobile app development. With global reach, outcome-focused methodologies and deep industry expertise, IBM GBS empowers clients to digitally reinvent their business and get the competitive edge in the cognitive era in over 170 countries.

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Our client is supporting more than a dozen developing countries in with pharmaceutical traceability strategies, implementation roadmaps and technology solutions. The project is providing technical assistance to those governments to assess their current health commodity data landscape, in particularly in light of implementation of new supply chain IT solutions such as logistics management information systems (LMIS), ERPs, and supply chain control towers. You will be part of the Health Systems Strengthening team and will support countries in developing and implementing their strategic plans for traceability implementation. You will provide technical assistance countries that are implementing traceability initiatives – batch/lot, authentication, and/or track and trace – in their supply chains. The scope of this support can range from developing and delivering education and training to strategy development, technology solutions design, and systems implementation. In this capacity, s/he will collaborate with a range of partners from project staff to high-level government officials both in the United States and abroad (i.e. sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Latin America) to develop informed recommendations and drive consensus around strategy and approach that is relevant to that country’s context.

The Global Standards & Traceability Technical Advisor will be a self-motivated, out-of-the-box thinker who is able to develop cost-effective innovative solutions with minimal oversight. You will demonstrate the ability to work independently and effectively to get results across cultures and in ambiguous environments. This position requires a willingness to travel internationally up to 50% of the time.


Health Insurance. Paid time off. Corporate Holidays. Sick leave. Family planning. Financial Guidance. Competitive 401K. Training and Learning. We continue to expand our benefits and programs, offering some of the best support, guidance and coverage for a diverse employee population.



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In 2015, Go Organic filled approximately 50% of our open positions with internal talent that were promoted into the role.

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Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 3+ years of experience designing traceability solutions.

  • 3+ years of experience in supply chain management.

  • Experience implementing the GS1 system of standards, in particular, standards for data exchange including a minimum EPCIS/CBV.

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • Experience developing traceability systems architectures.

  • Experience implementing RFID, barcodes, QR codes, or other automatic identification capture technology for asset tracking.

  • Experience working with/for a health commodity (pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer goods) distributer, wholesaler, or manufacturer.

  • Experience with process development and implementation with logistics and/or warehouse management providers.

  • Experience implementing requirements for the US Drug Supply Chain Security Act, the EU Falsified Medicines Directive, or other relevant regulations.

  • Experience living and/or working in developing countries.

  • Multi-lingual in French, Spanish, or Portuguese.

EO Statement

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.