Associate Director Medical Affairs, IAPM

Nov 25, 2021

Job Description

4! Four areas of IAP&M - Access Principles, Novartis Access Portfolio, Healthy Families and Direct Markets; we're focusing on to make a difference in people's lives and have reached a total of 16 million people through various access programs so far. You will play an instrumental role in helping us expand access to our products by working on various innovative business models, helping us reduce the barriers and thus ensure smooth access of essential and innovative medicines for the underserved and marginalized populations across the world.

As a Global Health (GH) senior leader, to fulfil the corporate directive of improving global health through building trust with society. Support the Global Medical Affairs Director with driving the medical affairs strategy with cross-functional teams and Global Drug Development (GDD), action plan and seamless execution of medical affairs activities in Integrated Access Programs & Markets (IAP&M) Regions and Direct Markets. Co-lead strategy and execution of Medical Affairs tactics in IAP&M & defined programmes*, and manage daily Medical Affairs activities and governance. Advance Unified Patient Journey (UPJ) assessments to support/ lead implementation of Health System Strengthening (HSS) initiatives for portfolios & programmes in key IAP&M geographies.

Your responsibilities:
Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Support GMAD with strong leadership in the design of Medical Affairs strategies for focus therapeutic areas in the IAP&M division in alignment with business priorities and objectives, and in collaboration with key internal and external partners.
• Prepares and drives the execution of the GH Medical Affairs strategic plans in collaboration with other functions and regional/ local/ global divisions (Pharma, Oncology, Sandoz).
• Leadership role in strengthening patient safety, HCP education, and healthcare sys-tems in low-to-middle-income-populations (LMIPs) in IAP&M GH markets.
• Clearly define and transform clinical outcomes, enhance access to medicines for patients, and improve sustainable healthcare system strengthening impact through programmatic activities (e.g., AMR, ABP, Novartis Access and Healthy Family).
• Strategic and operational medical support to Access Portfolio design/ evolution & global/ regional and country implementation,
• Design, support, and implement HSS solutions as a bridge to a One Novartis portfolio approach and access to strategic Innovative Therapies (SITs) and solutions for patients in IAP&M geographies. Provides a source of key medical knowledge on the company’s pipeline programmes disease areas and approved molecules to drive the One Novartis approach.
• Support depth of impact and expansion of current and future IAP&M solutions (Social & Access programmes coupled to HSS).
• Co-leads with the GMAD the launch of sophisticated Medical Affairs pre-launch/ launch strategy for IAP&M focus areas: Cardio Renal Metabolic (CRM), Anti-Infectives (AI), and Ophthalmology.
• Support Flagship Global Medical Affairs Directors (GMADs) on flagships disease area projects/ strategies in IAP&M markets.
• In collaboration with Global Health Medical Manager, GH Medical Governance Lead, & IAP&M ERC associates applies rigorous process governance in IAPM markets. Including alignment of local Medical Affairs compliance initiatives, policy interpretations, risk mitigation, trainings, and corrective actions related to medical affairs, GH. Ensure good GxP governance as per Global Health standards; operationalize new and updated processes and standards.
• Raises awareness of Novartis’ molecules, programs, and disease areas through publication of manuscripts, scientific presentations, projects and trainings as well as acting as company ambassador in external scientific programs and congresses. Applies Omnichannels where possible, engaging with external stakeholders to understand their needs and expectations
• Identifies opportunities for joint value creation and engages with the key thought leaders and other partners in the healthcare systems advocating in the assigned therapeutic area. Internally shares relevant captured insights (advisory boards, events etc), to shape the disease area strategy
• Identifies, prioritizes, designs, implements, and publishes innovative and integrated Novartis local sponsored studies, to generate relevant scientific data that addresses local cross functional needs and data gaps.
• Identifies Real World Evidence (RWE) needs and utilizes implementation science methodologies, to close the gap ensuring patient clinical adoption and better outcomes.
• Supports Managed Access Programs (MAP) for IAP&M GHMs countries.
• Identify key gaps in the data, health systems and find means to conducting evidence-based research to fill the data gaps to enhance clinical potential of pipeline, in-market compounds, and IAP&M TA focus.
• Deputize for GMAD at the Franchise Leadership Team (FLT) & IAP&M LT/ Steer Co meetings, where required.
• Provides medical expertise to non-medical functions through the life Cycle of product(s) by:
• Working as a strategic partner in collaboration with, IAP&M teams, where necessary, to ensure effective patient outcomes and access.
• Co-creating, and ensuring that all Medical, non-promotional, and promotional activities and materials are compliant with Novartis and Pharmaceutical Industry procedures, and to National laws and regulations.
• Identifying the optimum positioning of the product within the TA
• Supporting the formation of non-medical advisory bodies as required
• Supporting and partnering on training activities with IAP&M teams and Medical Affairs colleagues
• Supporting Drug Regulatory Affairs (DRA) team on regulatory documents, filing and health authorities’ interactions.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Minimum Requirements

What you will bring to the role;

• MD, MBBS or PhD/ PharmD in Health Sciences
• Business degree (e.g. MBA) advantageous Languages:
• English: fluent spoken & written Experience:
• 7+ years of related experience in pharmaceutical or
healthcare companies.
• 3-5 years of demonstrated leadership experience including management in a matrix environment, across functions, regions, and countries.
• Strong strategic agility and organizational skills to
prioritize and work effectively in a dynamic environment
and from a remote location.
• Experience with HSS project design and
• Strong medical and scientific bases and agility to
transverse the diseases’ arena.
• Good planning, organisational skills, and business
• Strong communication skills and customer orientation,
and ability to work across varied global geographies and
with diverse teams and cultures.
• Strong medical and scientific writing skills.
• Strong leadership, interpersonal communication, project
management skills, strong personal integrity, teamwork
abilities, and customer focus.
• Experience with scientific activities and events planning,
design, and implementation (advisory boards, congress
symposia, CPD programmes, disease awareness
programs etc)
• Innovative thinking and digital medical education
• Thorough knowledge of clinical medicine, disease
management, and medical research practices,
healthcare business acumen, and ability to differentiate
• Proven record of leading and influencing in a complex,
highly matrixed environment and collaboration with
internal partners and stakeholders to achieve desired
business outcomes.

Why consider Sandoz?
Our number 1 priority is to pioneer patient access to better healthcare. We are a company of firsts. 1st to develop an oral penicillin antibiotic. 1st to develop and launch biosimilars. 1st to launch an FDA-cleared digital therapeutic. And we never stop asking: how can we continue to pioneer access in an ever-more digital and global world?

The answers come when curious, courageous and collaborative people are empowered to ask new questions, make bold decisions and take smart risks.

Sandoz, a Novartis division, is a leader in generic and biosimilar medicines and a pioneer in digital therapeutics.

Imagine what you could do at Sandoz!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Sandoz, a Novartis company, embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Sandoz is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.

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