Head of Scientific Products

Head of Scientific Products

Job Description

6,000 scientists and physicians around the world use our data reimagine medicine and create therapies that save lives. You can multiply the value and impact of these data for Novartis scientists.

Our research is focused on discovering innovative new drugs that will change the practice of medicine. Novartis Institutes for BioMedical (NIBR) is the global pharmaceutical research organization of Novartis. We have an open and entrepreneurial culture, encouraging collaboration to make effective therapies.

At NIBR, our mission is to discover innovative medicines that treat disease and human health. To do that, our scientists need cutting-edge, state-of-the-art computing systems. With NIBR Informatics (NX), NIBR is making a strategic investment into informatics capabilities and is positioning itself to deliver the systems and services that are critical to the future of drug discovery.

The Information Products and Data Sciences (IPDS) group in NX is driven to maximize the impact and value to NIBR of software and data. We deliver powerful, functional, beautiful, and integrated software solutions that create a frictionless user experience. Our organization is here to build and apply excellence in product and data management to further Novartis drug discovery.

Job Description:

As the Head of Scientific Products, you will develop and continually update a vision for the suite of scientific products that support NIBR drug discovery and lead the product management team to the successful realization of that vision. Your vision will inspire the cross-functional product organization to deliver value to our scientists and will sustain our team through challenging times. You will bring together technologies, capabilities and outstanding talent to create products that our users will love.

You will define the standard for excellence in product management in our organization and synthesize that with your knowledge of drug discovery to create scientific software that enhances and helps drive NIBR science. The Head of Scientific Products will prioritize product roadmaps, direct development resources to maximize value to NIBR science, and will define how we measure product success and value delivery. You will be responsible for identifying opportunities that lead to the growth of our products through constant improvement and innovation while also providing consistent delivery and stable operation of products.

You will use your knowledge of these products to promote their meaningful use by giving product demos, sharing user stories, and showing the connection of our scientific products to drug discovery impact.

You will work closely with colleagues in engineering, user research, design, support, training, and data science to empower matrixed product teams that deliver on your vision for our products. This will require you to align and coordinate with other departmental leaders and stakeholders to ensure all operational needs are met including security, stability, usability, and sustainability.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•Lead, manage and mentor a team of product managers.
•Product lifecycle management from concept to launch of the products across all scientific product lines.
•Lead, define, represent and communicate product portfolio strategy to all stakeholders and NIBR leadership.
•Assess product development progress and enhancement opportunities.
•Evaluate product development results.
•Evaluate and provide input into strategic plans for each product line.
•Drive innovative ideas, solutions and products through leadership and decisive action.
•Build incredible teams and processes to deliver products that satisfy the needs of customers.
•Become the key evangelist of our products and participate in education activities, conferences, discussions with thought leaders within and outside of Novartis.
•Regularly present to stakeholders, NX, and NIBR leadership

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Minimum requirements

What you will bring to this role:

•Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, computational biology or computational chemistry (PhD preferred)
•Minimum of 10 years of experience in product management in complex matrix environments
•Five or more years of work experience in drug discovery or a core supporting scientific discipline such as biology, chemistry, or computational sciences
•Experience with Agile software development
•Strong quantitative skills and the ability to use data and metrics to inform decisions

Additional required core skills:

•Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; adept at working with colleagues from diverse disciplines and at all levels of the company.
•Proven experience in team building, mentoring, and leadership
•Demonstrated strength as a team player
•Strong leadership skills with a proven ability to win others to follow a common vision
•A clear and visible set values and demonstrated integrity
•Proven ability to execute consistently, rapidly, and effectively
•Calm under pressure
•Ability to travel 25%

Position will be filled commensurate with experience

Additional - Leadership / Management Know-How

As the leader of Scientific Products, you will be responsible for making your direct reports successful in their job, managing what they are working on, and helping them realize their career development goals. Removing obstacles and supporting your team members to prosper and grow will be an important aspect of your role. By leading your team, you will act as a mentor and role model in our organization, seeking, managing and retaining talent.

As a leader in Novartis, you are a role model of our Values & Behaviors. You care about patients, focus on what matters most, dare to challenge the status quo & experiment, take smart risks and always put your team before self. You are an inspiration to the associates who work with you. You engage others in our shared purpose and connect associates’ work with the shared purpose. You ensure you have the right people on your team who live up to our ethics, Values & Behaviors, leadership and culture expectations. You hold people to account and take action when performance and behaviors are not reaching our aspiration. You foster a learning culture within your teams. You are a learner, not a knower, and you are genuinely curious and open-minded. You empower and support others, you create clear accountability, and you remove obstacles for your team. You spend time mentoring and coaching team members. You are always clear, present and focused. You ask for feedback, you make it safe to give you feedback, and you are always looking for ways to improve yourself.
Cambridge, MA
Information Technology
Full Time