Feb 14, 2022

Job Description

450 projects straddling discovery through development in PK Sciences (PKS). PK Sciences (PKS) is a global organization of about 300 associates, situated within Translational Medicine (TM), the clinical research arm of NIBR. PK Sciences plays a pivotal role in bringing innovative medicines to patients, by building on research advances to develop new therapies, bridging drug discovery and clinical application. PK Science is an enterprise organization, working across both NIBR and the Global Drug Development (GDD) organizations to advance the scientific knowledge of pharmacokinetics, metabolism and clinical pharmacology from discovery through approval and beyond.

In this strategic role as the PK Sciences Global Head of Therapeutic Areas (TA) you will be responsible for delivering the PK science strategy and scientific excellence across the broad portfolio from discovery to late development and marketed products. In this role you will support the strategy and oversee the implementation of preclinical and clinical PK and clinical pharmacology plans across TAs to ensure the success of the Novartis portfolio. As a globally recognized leader in the discipline with specific subject matter expertise as it pertains to drug discovery and development, you will build a strong team across all TAs and leads a team of TA Heads and pharmacokineticists, project team members (PTMs) to standardize and optimize PK support across all stages of R&D, all TAs, modalities and all applicable sites.

Your main accountabilities will include but not be limited to:

• Unites and further develops the PKS TAs as a single function within PKS
• Manages TA Heads and leads PKS TA Leadership Team
• Represents TAs on PKS Leadership Team (PKS-LT)
• Accountable for TA-LT agenda, meetings, work streams and projects
• Assumes ultimate authority and responsibility to ensure that scientifically tailored, and regulatory compliant project specific PK and clinical pharmacology plans are in place for every identified project at all stages, every TA, modality and every geography within the portfolio. Critical relationship manager across NIBR and GDD stakeholders including TM FLT, Disease Areas, Global Discovery Chemistry, NBC, Global Drug Development Units to optimize project continuity, quality, speed and delivery against divisional goals
• Drives close interdisciplinary collaboration among the PK science functions (DD, M&S, PBOP) through the PTMs and PK science sub-teams to achieve a holistic and integrative perspective of the PK properties.
• Leads and encourages the exploration and integration of cutting edge technologies and innovative data science-based approaches to PKS across all TAs
• Ensures recruitment and career development of TA Heads and PTMs through active participation in the performance management and talent planning processes. Provides on-boarding, training, and mentoring support
• Ensures PTMs have the skills and experience required to provide expert project support for projects at all stages of research and development and for all therapeutic modalities. Accountable for creating a standardized PTM role profile and aligning the expectations from the role across TAs
• Establish One-PKS mindset across TAs and ensure optimal PTM resource allocation
• May serve as a Head for a PKS Therapeutic Area (on needs’ basis) as an add-on responsibility

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:

Ideal Background

Education requirement: Doctorate degree or equivalent education/degree in life science/healthcare required. Board certification in clinical pharmacology would be an advantage

Experience/Professional requirement:

• Demonstrated managerial and leadership skills in a global setting
• > 10 years’ experience in a PK field of a pharmaceutical based company, Clinical Research Organization (CRO) or equivalent academic experience
• Proven track record of building and leading high performing teams and developing team culture in line with organizational values
• Knowledgeable in all aspects of drug discovery and development and demonstrated specialized expertise in certain PK aspects. Familiar with respective health authority, GCP and ICH requirements.
• Knowledge of different therapeutic areas, encompassing business strategy and trends.
• Innovative and critical thinking. Process and performance orientation, characterized by constant drive to improve working practice.
• Successful development, registration and launch of multiple global products.
• Successful development and implementation of innovative PK programs and processes.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with successful presentation capabilities.
• Excellent team work in a multidisciplinary, matrix environment

Why Novartis?

Experience: • 10-15 years+ experience working in a biomedical field, preferably with experience in gene therapy development
• Demonstrated high intrinsic motivation to develop novel therapeutics for patients
• Experience in bringing a drug through discovery and development and/or integrating new platform technologies, especially gene therapy, to support drug discovery in a biotech/pharma research organization
• Expertise in strategic planning and program management
• Experienced in establishing/organizing/leading large cross-disciplinary teams
• Track record showing strong people leadership skills, including influencing and coaching skills, and an ability to successfully work in a highly matrixed environment
• Experienced in effectively leading across organizational boundaries
• Strong organizational skills, change agility skills and ability to manage through ambiguity.
• Strong collaborative and communicative skills. Excellent oral and written communications skills

Why consider Novartis?

769 million. That’s how many lives our products touch. 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.

Novartis 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.

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Translational Medicine
Research & Development
Full Time
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PK Sciences Global Head of Therapeutic Areas

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