A global healthcare leader, Novartis has one of the most exciting product pipelines in the industry today. A pipeline of innovative medicines brought to life by diverse, talented, performance driven people. All of which makes us one of the most rewarding employers in our field.
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is seeking a Global Program Manager (GPM) to join our Translational Clinical Oncology team in East Hanover, NJ.
This role drives, together with the Clinical Project Leader (CPL), the process of developing the integrated strategic and operational plan for programs worldwide. Ensures organizational alignment and seamless execution of the Integrated Development Plan for early clinical development programs. Fosters team building, interactions and collaboration, striving for high performing Early Program Teams (EPTs).
Major Accountablities include: Drives development and optimization of integrated Program Strategy * Provides, in collaboration with the Clinical Program Leader (CPL), strategic leadership to the Early Program Team (EPT) for the clinical development of cancer therapeutics through clinical proof-of-concept (PoC) for both small molecules and biologics within Translational Clinical Oncology (TCO). * The GPM drives, together with the CPL, the early development program strategy and smooth transition to late development by planning and tracking activities, such as drug supply and formulation development, preclinical work for indication expansion and patient selection strategies, supportive clinical pharmacology and toxicology studies.
Leads and contributes to organizational initiatives and external partnerships * Leads and contributes to task forces, sub teams or broader cross-functional organizational initiatives. * May act as Alliance Manager in external collaborations with academic institutions. * Manages external partnerships with other Pharmaceutical or Biotech organizations in collaboration with Alliance Management.
Achieves Organizational Alignment and Seamless Execution of the Integrated Development Plan * Accountable for the cross-functional alignment and organizational support of the Integrated Development Plan by facilitating internal and external stakeholder management. * Drives team’s objective setting, prioritization and tracking ensuring adherence to the development strategy and operational plan. * The GPM is accountable for timely and accurate updates in TCO reporting systems, which includes key program milestones and program deliverables, as well as updates to senior management and stakeholders. * Assures ongoing optimization of program timelines and resource requirements. * Accountable for accurate financial forecasting, planning and tracking vs. target by liaising with EPT line functions and challenging assumptions across all functional activities. * Leads risk management and contingency planning, and monitors the implementation of risk mitigation strategies at program level.
Enable High Performing Teams and Associates * Fosters team building, interactions and collaboration, striving for high performing EPTs. * The GPM is instrumental to the development of EPT members through coaching and mentoring. * Drives issue identification and resolution in alignment with concerned line functions and the EPT. * Ensures effective, proactive and open communications within and across the EPT in order to achieve transparency and clarity of program goals, progress and issues. * Deputizes the CPL as leader and spokesperson for the EPT, and represents EPT internally / externally. * Serves as functional mentor for junior GPM staff and aids in their onboarding and coaching.
The level of this position is dependent on the qualifications of the candidate we hire.
- Doctoral in life sciences (or MBA with bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience in life science) - Fluent English (oral and written)
additionally: 1. 7+ years industry experience, 2. Strong scientific background in Biology, Chemistry or Pharmaceutical Sciences with at least 5 yrs equivalent multi- / cross-functional leadership experience. Previous work and leadership experience in international and multidisciplinary drug development teams. 3. Expert knowledge of drug development process incl. advanced knowledge of regulatory and business requirements. Oncology and clinical operations experience of advantage. 4. Strong interpersonal and communication skills for bridging between scientific and business participants, for negotiating timelines and for effective international collaboration. Strong verbal communication. Expert in written communications. 5. Expert interpersonal and communication skills for bridging between scientific and business participants, for negotiating timelines and for effective international collaboration. Strong verbal communication. Expert in written communications. 6. Advanced Project Management skills, capable of managing multiple projects with respect to priorities and self-management.
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