May 20, 2022

Job Description

80! The Quantitative Safety & Epidemiology team is responsible for 80 Novartis products! We are an interdisciplinary group in the global Patient Safety organization, and we help regulators, physicians, and patients to understand the benefits and risks of assigned drugs, by asking the right questions and by applying the most appropriate non-interventional scientific methods.
As Director Epidemiologist you will drive and implement the safety epidemiology strategy for a program with multiple indications or several programs of the same or similar indications during the full life cycle including early and full development, pre-, peri- and post-regulatory submissions.
Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
• Proposes and implements modern and innovative epidemiology approaches in the designing, carrying out and reporting epidemiological studies using real-world databases and providing the scientific oversight for other non-interventional studies, to robustly evaluate the safety and ultimately the benefit-risk profile of a drug.
• Expert level contribution to strategy (design, analysis/synthesis, interpretation and reporting, health authority response, influence and implement publication strategy) for complex, critical non-interventional studies across programs/indications
• Leading collaborations and effective partnerships with medical safety, epidemiology, clinical, regulatory and quantitative scientists to ensure benefit-risk decision-making based on data from different sources in a pro-active manner
• Proposing and implementing improvement initiatives internally and externally in collaboration with epidemiology professionals in academia, industry and regulatory agencies
• Representing Quantitative Safety & Epidemiology at internal and external decision boards
• Mentoring others in developing safety epidemiology strategy

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:
• Degree in epidemiology, statistics, health services research (PhD preferred)
• 10+ years (or 8+ years for PhD) of relevant work experience with growing responsibility in the pharmaceutical industry.
• Expert knowledge and substantial experience of epidemiological principles and methodologies and its applications to the pharmaceutical industry applied to drug development and post-marketing safety and benefit-risk assessments
• Proven experience in leading global scientific improvement/ change initiatives. Natural modern leadership style building partnerships and collaborative environments
• Solid understanding and experience in designing, conducting, analyzing and interpreting epidemiological studies.
• Strong knowledge of epidemiology and statistical methods and its application to safety signals, safety risk assessments and benefit-risk assessments.

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!

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.

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Global Drug Development
East Hanover, NJ
United Kingdom
Research & Development
Full Time
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Director/Senior Director Epidemiologist

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