Apr 27, 2022
United Kingdom

Job Description

130,000! The average number of patients around the world that are actively participating in our clinical trials. As a member of our Trial Management team you will play an active role in ensuring patients have access to our clinical trials and make a difference in their lives.

The Country Head is accountable for all Country clinical operation activities related to the allocation, initiation, conduct (recruitment, quality data collection) and timely completion of Phase I-IV Oncology and Pharma clinical trials. The Country Head is responsible for implementing the Trial Monitoring archetype and Regional/Country strategy, while delivering to Country budget and productivity targets in line with Trial Monitoring and local business objectives. Is operationally responsible for building a high performing team culture and ensuring standardization across Development Units - including talent development, performance management and established monitoring procedures in accordance to GCP, ICH and local regulations.

The Country Head is responsible for monitoring integration within Country CSO and Medical to ensure alignment on portfolio strategy, prioritization and performance to aligned objectives for GDD trial delivery.

Key Responsibilities:

• Defines and drives Country Trial Monitoring strategy to achieve Regional/Country business and trial strategy objectives in close collaboration with Regional Head of Trial Monitoring, Country CSO and Country Medical Director
• Aligns Country monitoring objectives to global Trial Monitoring, Regional Trial Monitoring and Country CSO/Medical Director
• Identifies and implements innovative practices and patient engagement strategies in collaboration with Country CSO and Medical Director within the Country, as well as, in support of Regional strategies – to best advance clinical trial planning, execution and quality
• Defines and implements Country (Regional, where applicable) feasibility strategy to ensure strategic allocation and execution of global development trials within the Country (Innovative Medicines Phase I-IV)
• Identifies opportunities to build competitive advantage for global development trials within the Country by identifying trial level synergies for medical standard of care, local business drivers and site relationship management
• Drives collaborative engagement model with Regional Operations Manager (ROM) and Trial Operations Management (TOM) to ensure Country participation in global trials meets GDD needs while ensuring alignment with Country/Regional strategy
• Is accountable for Country adherence/compliance to SOPs and, roll-out/adoption across Country Trial Monitoring Development Units for required training curricula per GDD targets
• Responsible for the allocation of Trial Monitoring office and field based resources within the Country Monitoring structure in collaboration with Trial Monitoring Regional Head and local Medical organization (as appropriate)
• Responsible for Country budget and headcount allocation to achieve targets in co-operation with Region Head, Region Finance, Global Trial Monitoring and local Medical organization (as appropriate)

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

Key Requirements:

• Minimum 10 years’ experience in clinical research - planning/executing and/or monitoring clinical trials with minimum 4 years in a people management role
• Bachelor’s Degree in life sciences required; Advanced Degree in scientific or business preferred
• Expert understanding of all aspects of clinical drug development with particular emphasis on trial execution and monitoring
• Thorough understanding of the international aspects of drug development process, including expert knowledge of international standards (GCP/ICH), health authorities (FDA/EMEA), local/National Health Authorities regulations and Novartis standards

You’ll receive:

Competitive salary, Annual bonus, Pension scheme, Share scheme, Health insurance, 25 days annual leave, Flexible working arrangements, subsidized dining facilities, Employee recognition scheme, learning and development opportunities.

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!

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Global Drug Development
United Kingdom
Research & Development
Full Time
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Country Head UK - Trial Monitoring

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