May 11, 2022

Job Description

6000! That’s the number of associates in the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). This division is the innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients!

As Associate Director, Global Program Management, Disease Area X (DAx) you provide program management leadership to a range of early-stage, general medicine (non-oncology) drug development programs. In close partnership with the program team leader, you build high performing teams and drive the creation and execution of integrated strategic and operational plans for global programs from preclinical to Phase 2 development decision points.
NIBR's Disease Area X catalyzes and drives transformative therapies for emerging, high-potential indications. Our current research primarily focuses on liver, kidney, and respiratory diseases.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Lead project teams with respect to the timing, scenario/options development, risk management, opportunity challenges and requirements of interfacing with Decision Boards.
• Partner with project team leaders and functional leaders to define project strategy, develop and maintain integrated project plans, and manage diverse teams across multiple sites to meet project timelines/goals.
• Continuously adapt project strategy based on internal and external information
• Use drug development expertise (especially preclinical and early clinical development) to integrate knowledge of all line functions for project.
• Ensure that key milestones and go / no go criteria are data driven and clearly defined. Owns quality of project information and make sure project information is accurate and included in the system(s) in a timely matter.
• Manage and communicate project status, issues and options for resolution to ensure optimal and timely information flow to all stakeholders.
• Foster effective, proactive and open communication within and across project teams, builds trust among team members to achieve transparency and clarity of program goals, progress and issues.
• Establishes mutual respect and trust in the program team.
• Contribute to the functional excellence of program management through improvement in processes, procedures, and tools related to program management practices.

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:
• Previous track record of success in working with international and multidisciplinary drug development teams in a variety of modalities, development phases, and disease areas.
• 5+ years pharma industry experience
• 5+ years of equivalent multi-/cross-functional leadership experience
• Excellent project / program management skills
• Expert knowledge in drug development (including early and late stage development)
• Masters or Doctorate in life sciences OR MBA with bachelor’s degree OR equivalent experience in life science

Why 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!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
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.

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] 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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Cambridge, MA
Research & Development
Full Time
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Associate Director, Global Program Management - Cambridge, MA

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