Apr 07, 2022

Job Description

600! The number of dedicated global associates who bring diverse perspectives, experience and expertise, all collaboratively focused on achieving our bold mission of bringing innovative and life-saving therapies to cancer patients! As an integral part of the Disease Area (DA) leadership team, this is an opportunity to join in this mission and change lives.

At NIBR Oncology, our people, and our patients, are our passion.

This role is an integral part of DA leadership team to enhance the curious, inspired, unbossed and integrous culture of oncology; build and realize a future-oriented vision for the oncology portfolio; drive strategic decision-making through the Oncology Decision Board (DB) and Strategic Working Groups; and ensure that Oncology resources are applied in line with strategic priorities.


- Drive strategic planning and strategy implementation (including enabling strategy through budget management, headcount and other relevant business operations) with Core Oncology Leadership Team (OLT). This includes helping drive development and execution of the 3-5 year oncology strategy including assessing impact on headcount planning and budget that enables innovative pipeline impact and delivery of transformative medicines to patients.

- Collaborate with OLT to organize and implement inclusive portfolio governance and decision-making including research pipeline reviews (conducted twice annually), Scientific Advisory Board reviews (SAB conducted annually) and scientific advice at Strategic Working Groups.

- Represent Oncology in standing and ad hoc interactions with NIBR Strategy team while also incorporating evolving NIBR strategy into strategic and practical direction for Oncology.

- In partnership with OLT and Business Development & Licensing (BD&L), build an external oncology strategy focused on key assets and technology platforms to complete the overall near-term and long-term strategy, supporting initial evaluations of incoming opportunities, and ensuring stage-appropriate decision-making of external activities in alignment with the DA strategy and deliverables.

- Collaborate with DA head, People & Organization (P&O) Partner and OLT in ensuring organizational structure and capability mix globally meets the strategic priorities for oncology near-term and long-term. This includes executing on key areas of scientific investment and growth for oncology identified by the DA Head and OLT and working with DA head and P&O Partner in implementing organizational structures and resource strategies to support such efforts.

- Lead and support integration of any incoming assets and organizations

- Provide insightful analyses and recommendations to support NIBR Oncology’s strategic directions.

- Track performance against Oncology goals and ensure transparency of key initiatives.

- Act as key strategic thought partner for the NIBR OLT.

- Proactively highlight issues and challenges to the Global Head of Oncology.

- Represent Oncology when Oncology Head is not present at cross-NIBR governance meetings, pivotal initiatives, and project or portfolio reviews.

- Partner closely with the Translational Clinical Oncology (TCO) and exploratory Immuno Oncology (eIO) Strategy Leads to ensure an aligned and coordinated overall NIBR Oncology strategy

- Represent forward-looking view of Oncology at the Core OLT and contribute to Oncology culture, science, and intra-Oncology connectivity through the extended OLT.

- In collaboration with the OLT, advance the departmental culture of learning to improve scientific and drug hunting expertise among Oncology associates at all levels.

- Assist DA Head at NIBR-level meetings or on special projects.

- Accountable for leading all aspects of the management of budget within reasonable variance from targets and for strategic feedback, insight and operational focus to the oncology portfolio, projects and in-licensing opportunities.

- Lead a broad effort to assess internal and external capabilities and resources required in the next 3-5 years to meet the oncology strategy and goals long-term in partnership with the P&O Team.

- Support to prediction and delivery on landmark transitions for pipeline projects.

- Represent Oncology ad hoc interactions with Oncology DB members to solve problems and implement needed changes to ensure the success of DA projects including development of project team structures, program governance processes and other operational initiatives.

- Enable cross-oncology communications by owning the success of multiple modes of interaction, including all-oncology meetings, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint


Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

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 other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. 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.

Minimum Requirements

- PhD or comparable doctoral degree in a relevant field

- Strong leadership presence and the ability to develop talent; demonstrated ability to lead and influence within a global matrixed organization.

- Ability to influence and impact decision-making at the highest levels of the organization.

- Experience working with senior leaders (CEO, President, Board members), and equally comfortable collaborating with junior associates

- Deep understanding of portfolio analytics and management tools, partnered with strong understanding of drug discovery and development.

- Ability to operate effectively in a complex global environment; including the importance of inclusion and appreciation of cultural norms and differences

- Ability to work collaboratively with scientists as well as finance, legal, and business development experts.

- Strong change management skills and experience

- Excellent analytical and communication skills; strong ability to translate science.

- Greater than 10 years’ experience in a pharmaceutical or biotech-based company or academic center including multiple years in a matrixed leadership role.

- Must have a broad scientific/ technology knowledge base in the area of oncology including a track record of leading oncology programs from research stage to clinical development.

- Portfolio Management: Previous experience leading an innovative portfolio that mixes internal discovery with external partners to impact NIBR deliverables

- Excellent written and oral communication skills

This position can be located in Cambridge, MA or Basel, Switzerland.

Why consider Novartis?

769 million! That’s how many lives our products touched in 2020. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

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

The Novartis Group of Companies are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) call +1 (877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.

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Oncology NIBR
Cambridge, MA
Research & Development
Full Time
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Global Head of Strategy and Operations, Oncology Disease Area - NIBR

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