Jul 20, 2022

Job Description

851,000. The number of hours Global Drug Development (GDD) associates dedicated to learning in 2021. Curiosity is a driving force in GDD and Global Development University (GDU)’s mission is to empower associates and communities to advance and evolve our mindset, skills, and behaviors to enhance efficiency and quality of drug development. Join our curious, inspired, and unbossed team!


The Global Capability Building Director (GCBD) is the strategic learning partner within Global Drug Development University (GDU). Through their deep knowledge and understanding of GPTs, Development Units, and Learning & Development within Pharmaceutical Drug Development, you will build the learning strategy & implementation plan, together with their business stakeholders. You will:

1. Effectively establish, deepen, and sustain key relationships with stakeholders to understand business needs, priorities, and performance gaps. Demonstrate an understanding of drug development processes, knowledge, and skills to provide appropriate learning solutions.

2. Build a global strategic learning plan for learning areas through consulting on capability needs. Collaborate with customers to define desired performance outcomes. Analyze all requests and identify priorities that are aligned with strategic priorities, leadership, and key stakeholders.

3. Function as the leader of learning portfolio to conduct needs analysis, design/development, deploy and measurement across multiple learning programs. Assist team to prioritize, project manage and ensure transparent communication across stakeholders.

4. Determine required behaviors, skills, and knowledge needed by different roles and develop learning paths to support this. Build precision learning journeys for high-impact roles and teams.

5. Determine data required to measure business impact. Propose how data will be collected and analyzed to demonstrate the value and impact.

6. Thoroughly understand learning methodologies to provide practical solutions.

7. Partner with functional HR teams to align learning and development activities with the development and implementation of HR plans, programs, and tools.

8. Directly responsible to drive stakeholder satisfaction by delivering the best customer experience, quality of learning solutions, and positive impact to the business.

While Novartis does not require vaccination at this time, for certain Novartis sites in the US all associates and candidates may be required to either upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccine card demonstrating proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (or other similar evidence of vaccination) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken by the associate or candidate within the past seven days to enter any of our sites and/or customer office or healthcare facility, as well as prior to participating in other work related off-site meetings. Employees working in customer-facing roles must adhere to and comply with customers’ (such as hospitals, physician offices, etc.) credentialing guidelines, which may require vaccination. As required by applicable law, Novartis will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. This requirement is subject to applicable state and local laws and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions. Please send accommodation requests to [email protected].

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

* This role may be hired in NJ, USA; Basel, CH; or in Dublin, IRE *

What you'll bring to this role:

• Bachelor's degree is required. Focus on Learning, Org Development, and/or Pharma-business related scientific area is preferred

• 5+ years of Clinical, Pharmaceutical, or Medical Device experience with deep understanding of Drug Development functions; or 5+ years working in a customer focused role, ideally within a consulting agency providing learning solutions and services into the Pharma/ Medical Device industry
• 5+ years knowledge of adult education theory and practice
• 5+ years’ experience leading diverse (Cultural, Geographical) project teams with stretch targets and assertive timelines

• Excellent business communication and presentation skills
• Adept at building trust and gaining commitment from Stakeholders
• Experience with instructional design and adult learning principles
• Strong project management experience across multiple priorities
• Global engagement and experience are preferred


Why Novartis?

766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, 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 tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges aggressively and ambitiously. 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 inclusion workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.
Novartis is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.

Join our Novartis Group Network:

If this role is not suitable to your experience or career goals but you wish to stay connected to learn more about Novartis and our career opportunities, join the Novartis Network here: https://talentnetwork.novartis.com/network

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 information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.
Global Drug Development
East Hanover, NJ
Human Resources
Full Time
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Global Capability Building Director (GCBD) - NJ, Basel, or Dublin

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