Associate Director, Head of Strategy & Operations


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East Hanover, NJ

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Job Description

12,000. The number of associates worldwide working together to reimagine medicine!

The Global Drug Development (GDD) organization oversees the development of new medicines discovered by our researchers and partners. We transform the lives of people by developing innovative and life-changing medicines.

This senior role will support and drive business initiatives that pertain to the Cell Therapy - Technical Development & Analytical Operations team. In doing so, he/she will develop tools to track and report progress in key milestones while interfacing with internal and external stakeholders. In scope are global initiatives, business processes, site operations, and budgetary requirements.

In addition, this role will interface regularly with other members of the Technical Development & Analytical Operations team to provide support and input during development of various cell therapy programs. This role will have visibility to all subgroups within the department including process development, analytical method development, method transfer, analytical operations, and data science. In addition, this role will serve as a strategic partner and advisor for technical teams tasked with developing timelines and resource planning from early development to commercial launch. The ideal candidate will have in-depth knowledge of business processes and general CMC development. This role will report to the Global Head of Technical Development – Cell Therapy and be a contributing member to several cross-functional committees with visibility to the entire cell therapy portfolio.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

• Drive activities related to business strategies and operations, including project planning, execution, and implementation.
• Translate business priorities into operational deliverables to achieve department and functional goals. Drive and track business performance metrics with monthly reporting.
• Work cross-functionally to identify opportunities to build new processes and systems, streamline existing ones, and execute implementation plans.
• This candidate will be responsible for analyzing business cases related to operations efficiency, associated costs, and risks/benefits.
• Support CMC portfolio planning, including resource planning, financial, and capacity assessments.
• Support internal and external collaborations and partnerships driven by technical engagement.
• Champion continuous improvement initiatives, project scoping and chartering, and change management within Technical Development & Analytical Operations to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
• Manage department meetings and governance forums, including preparation of meeting agendas, distribution of minutes, and tracking outcomes and deliverables.

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]

Minimum requirements

What you'll bring to the role:

• B.S. or M.S. in Finance, Business, Biotech, Chemical Engineering, Biology, or Chemistry; additional/postgraduate qualifications (PhD, MBA) will be an advantage
• 10+ years of experience in business management, CMC development, or Biotech Operations within the pharmaceutical or biotech industries,
• Comfortable working with ambiguity. This role will have led strategic planning in a fast-paced organization and have a record of success bringing structure to environments with change and uncertainty.
• Demonstrated competency in development and analysis of long-term strategic plans
• Excellent facilitation, presentation, communication skills. Comfortable navigating/influencing all levels / groups of functional leaders through complex agendas toward the right discussion outcomes.
• Ability to objectively analyze options, risks, trade-offs and have good problem-solving approach
• Applies technical expertise in business operations and contributes to the development of new concepts, techniques, and standards, and has good business acumen
• Highly collaborative with outstanding communication and relationship management skills, high emotional intelligence

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!

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Accessibility and reasonable accommodations
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EEO Statement

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.