Mar 20, 2022

Job Description

750 million+. That’s the number of lives our products touch. While we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives.

We believe we can achieve the goal when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment, empowering you to take calculated risks, and teaming you with people who share your determination, to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

The Head of Vivarium Operations, CM will support the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) Comparative Medicine (CM) organization by directing a high quality vivarium operation (VO) program and facilities that are in compliance with local regulations and AAALAC
International guidelines.

In this role, you will proactively resource and metric animal care and study support through partnerships with the Disease Areas (DAs) and CM Study Support group. You will ensure facility space, equipment and associated resources are efficiently deployed with rapidly changing
vivarium/research needs.

Additional responsibilities include, but not limited to:

•Ensure maintenance & future development of Vivarium Operations (VO) programs to continually align service portfolio to meet needs of evolving in vivo research community.
•Continually evolve the campus vivarium to meet changing research needs (strategic vision
and execution of animal facilities design, infrastructure and renovations).
•Ensure VO alignment with other core CM services (Veterinary Services & Technical Services) and Scientific Operations.
•Manage operational budget, expenses and
•Ensure that the care and welfare of laboratory animals is provided in accordance with local regulations, federal and state laws and associated Regulations and Standards, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals,
Good Laboratory Practices, Public Health Service Policy and/or AAALAC accreditation standards.
•Provide leadership to the Vivarium Operations (VO) group to maximize the contribution of the technical staff to the animal care program and to meet CM’s strategic objectives on culture and colleague development.
•Manage talent through focused colleague career development and performance management.
•As a member of the site CM leadership team, play a key role in building and executing a comprehensive strategy for CM, and partner with all groups in CM to optimize
cross-line operational efficiency and set staff project priorities to improve productivity.

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

What you'll bring to the role:

•Bachelor degree in Science, Veterinary-related field or an equivalent. Advanced degree such as DVM, PhD, MS, and/or MBA in a related field preferred.
•5-10 years’ work experience in a relevant / related field with progressive responsibility
•ACLAM, LATg and/or CMAR or other specialty certifications strongly preferred
•Demonstrated supervisory and managerial experience in a laboratory animal setting required
•Demonstrated ability to direct a vivarium program of substantial breadth and complexity with experience in budget and facility planning, and project management.
•Prior experience and proven ability to demonstrate a strong, applied knowledge of vivarium operations (husbandry,
animal care, emergency response), institutional and regulatory knowledge (AAALAC, Welfare
Act, federal laws and regulations), vivarium infrastructure and equipment, staff management/team building (including 3rd party contracted services), and ability to work
with a large, diversified scientific community.

Why consider Novartis?

766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.

We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible when we collaborate with courage to aggressively and ambitiously tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

What Novartis can offer you?

Yes, we offer exceptional benefits and competitive salaries. However, we can offer more.

Here you will:

• Get access to latest technologies and work with talented scientists
• Virtually learn and earn certificates from 190 universities around the world, all supported by Novartis through our partner Coursera.
• Get access to the Novartis Learning Institute which offers personal effectiveness, digital capability and language programs, as well as talent acceleration and leadership programs.

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Novartis is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse team representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Join our Novartis Network: If this role is not suitable to your experience or career goals but you wish to stay connected to hear more about Novartis and our career opportunities, join the Novartis Network here: https://talentnetwork.novartis.com/network
Cambridge, MA
Research & Development
Full Time
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Head of Vivarium Operations, Comparative Medicine

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