Head Global Program Excellence and Effectiveness

Basel, Switzerland
Closing date
Mar 27, 2023

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5! That’s the number of focus therapy areas for our Global Drug Development team in Novartis and this position is across all 5 being at the heart of our Global Drug Development organization. Imagine the impact you could have as Head Global Program Excellence & Effectiveness.

Novartis has one of the largest and broadest drug portfolios across the industry. One of the most business critical roles in the Global Drug Development (GDD) organization is the Global Program Head (GPH) who leads the cross-functional Global Program Team (GPT).

In the spirit of creating a functional home for the GPHs, this role is accountable to build and connect a GPH community across Development Units, and to ensure their successful interface with the organization at large. In addition, the role is responsible for supporting and building the team effectiveness capabilities across all GPTs and working closely with other functions (Clinical Development and Clinical Operations) for the effective sub-teams. This entails both scientific content and efficiency of execution across the matrix.

Major responsibilities:
Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Establish and chair a GPH forum: drive the enterprise mindset and deep understanding of the core GDD operations, collect and convey insights from the GPH community on how well the GDD organization serves the projects, connect GPHs with functions and across Development Units (DUs)
• Bring enterprise GPH topics to the GLT and DU Head forum
• Coach GPHs to identify and address critical project or operating issues and set the standards for success, key requirements and career development.
• Support the GPH selection and project allocation process with a cross GDD perspective
• Foster collaboration and communication between GDD and NIBR to enable strategic planning and accelerate the transition of projects into the GDD pipeline
• Enable early transition of promising projects/programs across the R&D continuum
• Lead a team of internal and external Team Coaches to support Program Teams forming a centre of excellence and capability
• Facilitate ongoing sharing and development of measures to elevate effectiveness of various teams in various stages of the development cycle and across all Development Units
• Bring a senior and deep development perspective to ensure a faster and more seamless transition of the right projects.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

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

Minimum Requirements

Minimum requirements:
What you'll bring to the role:
• MD with PhD or other Advanced scientific Degree
• ≥10 years pharmaceutical drug development experience covering different disciplines, different therapeutic areas, and spanning across the entire life-cycle from preclinical to post approval; has been part of several successful drug development programs up to approval.
• Experienced people leader. Deep understanding of matrix management, leading international and multidisciplinary teams.
• Strong relationship builder with experience in stakeholder management; problem-solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
• Strong scientific judgment combined with passion for innovation.
• Ability to project in the future and convey a strong vision.
• Excellent organizational understanding.
• Strong connector of ideas and people.

Why Novartis?
743 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!


At Novartis, we are reimagining medicine.

Our purpose is to reimagine medicine to improve and extend people's lives. We use innovative science and technology to address some of society's most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible.

Novartis has one of the industry’s most competitive pipelines. Many of these projects, which include new molecular entities as well as additional indications and different formulations for marketed products, are for medicines that could significantly advance treatment standards for patients worldwide.

We have entered an exciting era in health and biomedical innovation. Powered by our incredible colleagues, supported by our flexible-hybrid working model, new AI powered learning, personal growth and career platform and a refreshed commitment to diversity, equity & inclusion, we are well-poised to help lead this transformative moment for our industry and for ourselves. Join Us!

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