Oct 21, 2022

Job Description

600! The number of dedicated global associates who bring diverse perspectives, experience and expertise, all collaboratively focused on achieving our bold mission of bringing innovative and life-saving therapies to cancer patients! As an integral part of the Disease Area (DA) leadership team, this is an opportunity to join in this mission and change lives.

At NIBR Oncology, our people, and our patients, are our passion.

This role is an integral part of the DA leadership team to build and realize a future-oriented vision for the oncology portfolio by helping build the oncology strategy; drive strategic decision-making through the Oncology Decision Board (DB) and Strategic Working Groups; and ensure that Oncology resources are applied in line with strategic priorities. This role will coordinate strategy and resourcing in collaboration with the Oncology DB, DA Head, Head of Operations, Drug Discovery and platform site heads, as well as the Business Development & Licensing (BD&L) Heads.

Your Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

Portfolio Strategy
- Drive strategic planning and strategy implementation (including enabling strategy through budget management and headcount) with Core Oncology Leadership Team (OLT). This includes helping drive development and execution of the 3 to 5 year oncology strategy including assessing impact of this strategy on headcount planning and budget that enables innovative pipeline impact and delivery of transformative medicines to patients.
- Collaborate with OLT to coordinate and implement inclusive portfolio governance and decision-making including research pipeline reviews (conducted twice annually), Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) reviews (conducted annually) and scientific advice at Strategic Working Groups.
- Represent Oncology in standing and ad hoc interactions with NIBR Strategy team while also incorporating evolving NIBR strategy into strategic and concrete direction for Oncology.
- In partnership with the OLT and BD&L, build and support execution on an external oncology strategy focused on key assets and technology platforms to complete the overall near-term and long-term strategy, supporting initial evaluations of incoming opportunities, and ensuring stage-appropriate decision-making of external activities in alignment with the DA strategy and deliverables.
- Collaborate with the DA Head, People & Organization (P&O) Partner and OLT in ensuring organizational structure and capability mix globally meets the strategic priorities for oncology near-term and long-term. This includes completing key areas of scientific investment and growth for oncology identified by the DA Head and OLT and working with DA head and P&O partner in implementing organizational structures and resource strategies to support such efforts.
- Lead and support integration of any incoming assets and organizations
- Provide insightful analyses and recommendations to support NIBR Oncology’s strategic directions.
- Track performance against Oncology goals and ensure transparency of key initiatives.
- Act as key strategic thought partner for the NIBR OLT.
- Proactively highlight issues and challenges to the Global Head of Oncology.
- Represent Oncology when Oncology Head is not present at cross-NIBR governance meetings, critical initiatives, and project or portfolio reviews.
- Partner closely with the Translational Clinical Oncology (TCO) and Immuno-Oncology and Hematology (IOH) Strategy Leads to ensure an aligned and coordinated overall NIBR Oncology strategy

- Represent forward-looking view of Oncology at the Core Oncology LT and contribute to Oncology culture, science, and intra-Oncology connectivity through the extended Oncology LT.
- Assist the DA Head at NIBR-level meetings or on special projects.

Resourcing & Budget
- Accountable for leading all aspects of the management of budget within reasonable variance from targets and for strategic feedback and insight to the oncology portfolio, projects and in-licensing opportunities.
- Lead a broad effort to assess internal and external capabilities and resources required in the next 3-5 years to meet the oncology strategy and goals long-term in partnership with the P&O Team.
- Support to prediction and delivery on breakthrough transitions for pipeline projects.
- Represent Oncology ad hoc interactions with Oncology DB members to solve problems and implement needed changes to ensure the success of DA projects including development of project team structures, program governance processes and other operational initiatives.

This position will be located at the Cambridge, MA site and will not have the ability to be located remotely. This position will require less than 20% travel as defined by the business (domestic and/ or international).

Vaccine Policy:
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

What you'll bring to the role:
- Ph.D. or comparable doctoral degree in a relevant field
- Solid track record of building and completing oncology strategy that has driven portfolio decision making and/or external partnerships
- Solid understanding of basic oncology drug discovery and familiarity with the overall oncology competitive and development landscape
- Strong leadership presence; demonstrated ability to lead and influence within a global matrixed organization and impact decision-making at the highest levels of the organization
- Experience working with senior leaders and equally comfortable collaborating with junior associates
- Deep understanding of portfolio analytics (including PTS assessments) and management tools, partnered with strong understanding of oncology drug discovery and development
- Ability to operate effectively in a complex global environment; including the importance of inclusion and appreciation of cultural norms and differences
- Ability to work collaboratively with scientists as well as finance, legal, and business development experts
- Strong change management skills and experience
- Excellent analytical and communication skills; strong ability to translate science into strategy to ultimately enable decision making
- Greater than 10 years’ experience in a pharmaceutical or biotech-based company, management consulting or academic center including multiple years in a matrixed leadership role
- Must have a broad scientific/ technology knowledge base in the area of oncology including a track record of leading oncology programs from research stage to clinical development
- Portfolio Management: Previous experience managing an innovative portfolio that mixes internal discovery with external partners to impact NIBR deliverables

Why 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 is committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations: Individuals in need of a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or disability for any part of the application process, or 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.

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Oncology NIBR
Cambridge, MA
BD&L & Strategic Planning
Full Time
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Global Head Oncology Strategy

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