May 26, 2023

Job Description

Novartis protects 766 million patients and employs more than 100,000 employees in over 140 countries

Job Purpose
• Ensure the proactive management and smooth functioning of major Alliances operating within NIBR
• Function as the main source of information regarding the deal terms/obligations
• Assist the project team(s) in driving the goals of the collaboration
• Manage collaboration issues before they become problems
• Support the development of alliance skills within the collaboration team
• Foster alliance skills and knowledge development, furthering the collaboration skills and capabilities of alliance teams and ultimately supporting and advancing Novartis’ reputation as a Partner of Choice

Major Accountabilities

• Optimization of the Collaboration:
- Work with the partner company to establish and maintain the direction and scope for implementation and maintenance of partnership agreements, including defining key activities and their respective timelines and assigning responsibilities between the partners.
- Provide a "complete" understanding of alliance issues allowing focus on what is best for the products within the scope of the alliance vs what is best for the function. Must use business and drug development acumen to proactively manage potential issues to avoid future conflict.
• Manage and direct the alliance governance activities:
- Monitor execution of, and adherence to, agreed upon research and development plans and diligence obligations, and take appropriate action to ensure execution and compliance.
- Ensure that strategies and decisions at the operational level and that plans and actions are consistent with alliance strategy.
• Alliance Conflict Management and Resolution:
- Manage long-term relationships between Novartis and the partners by demonstrating diplomacy skills and a high level of trust within both organizations. Must routinely evaluate partnership health and manage cross-functional issues and teams.
- Plan for and proactively manage the evolving nature of a partnership, its governance processes, and cross-partner interactions throughout the life cycle of the agreement.
- Take Novartis lead on issues (typically cross-functional) requiring alliance consensus or decision, gaining internal Novartis alignment through broad business knowledge and driving to resolution with the partner. Involve key internal players to ensure speedy decision-making process.
• General Business Functions:
- Accountable for reporting and milestone obligations, contract renegotiations, and contract amendments to partners and Novartis committees as appropriate.
- Conduct reviews and meetings, as appropriate, with senior management and other functions to communicate key issues, milestones, etc. and gather feedback.

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].

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $158,400 and $237,600 per year; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a sign-on bonus, restricted stock units, and discretionary awards in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors

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

• Bachelor Degree required. Advanced Degree (Ph.D., M.D., Pharm.D., D.V.M., etc.) preferred

Work Experience
• At minimum 8+ years relevant experience in a similar role with an understanding of drug discovery and development experience; familiarity with Novartis as well as other Industry business models (Biotech, midsize Pharma and Academia) is a plus
• Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally, manage crises and align interests of multiple parties
• Experience with collaboration contracts to enable effective interactions with legal colleagues and scientific teams
• Appropriate interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence to develop internal and partner relationship and serve as an effective interface between collaborators
• Strong negotiation skills with excellent written and oral communication skills

• Fluency in English required with excellent oral and written communication, organizational and communication skills. Strong attention to detail, with an ability to work independently

Why Novartis?

766million 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 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.
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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.
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Associate Director, Alliance Management

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