Apr 26, 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.

Laboratory Operations (LO), situated within the Scientific Operations (SO) organization, is responsible for providing integrated programs and services that support our scientific community, and has a mission to enable the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research’s (NIBR) lab scientists to focus on science in the lab through data-driven, sustainable operational excellence and innovation. LO consists of four global sub-functions and this role provides local leadership working in the key area of equipment management.

The Associate Director of Lab Equipment will be a key member of the local and global program E&E team. In this role, you will be responsible for ensuring the success of the Equipment & Engineering (E&E) sub-function through building strong partnerships with the local Operations community as well as other Novartis stakeholders. You will operationally manage the NIBR Lab Equipment Management (LEM) program in Cambridge, including any interactions with engaged third parties and take over selected global responsibilities within the program.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

•Managing services provided by 3rd party vendors against globally agreed upon metrics, KPIs and budget
•Leading LEM-related projects, including managing select global initiatives
•Leading select LEM global program continual improvement/optimization activities
•Advancing best practices for asset lifecycle management
•Leading site-wide review of all lab equipment CAPEX requests; ensuring compliance with all appropriate guidance
•Partnering with Sourcing and Finance to provide the science community with the information necessary to make the best possible decisions on equipment purchases based on landscape and utilization
•Implement end of life programs for equipment to maximize overall value to NIBR
•Driving operational excellence competence and sustainability best practices for all supported programs and initiatives
•Advance Novartis’ strategic imperative of operational and digital excellence in all lab-related operational project, programs, and activities
•Support of Lab Ops requirements in local data availability, accessibility, and quality needs
•Maintenance of a strong relationship with scientific community to ensure their changing research needs are aligned and supported by NIBR business processes
•Manage the interface with scientists and supporting NIBR functions
•Identification of challenges and presentation of innovative solutions and implement them independently
•Coordination of resources across different functions to achieve results

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

Required education, skills and experience:
•Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or the equivalent in a relevant discipline. The appropriate years of experience leading large projects and programs in a relevant field.
•Ability to manage at a global level with experience leading teams and collaborating across various functional areas.
•Experience leading RFEs in partnership with Finance, Procurement, Real Estate and other business partners with proven ability to lead, influence and negotiate.
•Experience with supplier management and oversight of supplier contracts.
•Ability to exercise independent discretion and judgment to solve problems as well as an ability to prioritize effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
•Strong understanding of the processes and protocols required in a scientific research organization.
•Proficiency in using IT tools to capture, manage and analyze data required (e.g. MS Excel, SharePoint & Access, Spotfire, SAP).
•Excellent communication skills with ability to present information to operations leadership and scientific customers.
•Ability to collaborate and effectively work in cross-functional teams, to influence without authority and actively manage key stakeholders.
•Demonstrated problem-solving and analytical skills and recommend process changes when appropriate.
•The incumbent will be required to travel internationally as business needs require.

Preferred skills and experience:
•Lean and Six Sigma experience or certifications

Why Novartis?

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!

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
•Join an organization that is committed to your development and advancement

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.

Accessibility and reasonable accommodations:

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] or call +1 (877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact info. Please include the job requisition number in your message.

Cambridge, MA
Research & Development
Full Time
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Associate Director - Lab Equipment

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