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Director, Regional Cell Therapy Operations - Remote

East Hanover, New Jersey, United States
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Apr 4, 2023

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Life Sciences, Cell Biology
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Every year, ~3,500 children are diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and ~25,000 adults are diagnosed with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma. 10% of these children, and 50% of these adults who do not respond to upfront therapies are faced with limited treatment options and low survival rates. Over the past few years, Cell & Gene therapies for these diseases have come to market, bringing new hope to patients, caregivers and HCP’s alike. There is still a large unmet need, and at Novartis we are reimagining medicine to continue to bring this innovative therapy to not only these patients, but those with other B-cell malignancies as well.

The Director, Regional Cell Therapy Operations is accountable for the staff and on-boarding qualification and continued operations of a regional network of apheresis, cell processing, and treatment centers to ensure ability to supply high quality cellular material intended for use as a critical starting material for product manufacturing and to ensure ability to treat patients with Novartis Cell Therapy portfolio products in both the commercial and clinical trial setting. This key role will drive the regional operations strategy, manage a regional Cell Therapy Operations team, and partner directly with cross-functional Global Operations roles as well as regional and country Novartis Commercial and Medical organizations.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to being responsible to:
• Ensure that Cell Therapy Operations Staff are qualified and trained to support their regional sites as assigned.
• Ensure that sites acting as cellular material suppliers are fully supported from a technical and relationship management perspective, supporting continuous operations improvements.
• Ensure that the hospital key staff, including HCPs, transplant/CAR-T coordinators, pharmacy, infusion nurses, study nurses as well as apheresis unit and cell laboratory staff are qualified for the collection, processing, receipt, and handling of the Novartis Cell Therapy portfolio products.

This position can be based remotely anywhere in the U.S. (there may be some restrictions based on legal entity). Please note that this role would not provide relocation as a result. The expectation of working hours and travel (domestic and/or international) will be defined by the hiring manager. This position will require up to 60% travel.

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $183,200 and $274,800/year; however, while salary ranges are effective from 1/1/23 through 12/31/23, fluctuations in the job market may necessitate adjustments to pay ranges during this period. Further, final pay determinations will depend on various factors, including, but not limited to geographical location, experience level, knowledge, skills and abilities. 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

What you’ll bring to the role:

Education: Bachelor's degree with an advanced degree in science preferred (e.g., MS, PhD., Pharm. D., MD)

Required Experience:
• 10+ years of pharmaceutical industry experience or at least 5 years pharmaceutical experience and equivalent experience in US Blood/ Tissue regulated environment
• 5+ years leadership experience of a customer-facing team
• Experienced working in a highly matrixed environment
• Deep scientific knowledge and aptitude preferred. High level of learning agility and people agility
• Track-record managing complex regional or international projects
• Strong track record of successful team collaboration and influence experience and delivery of results including business partnering experience in cross-functional initiatives
• Strong problem solver with the ability to identify key issues while focusing on positive outcomes
• Flexibility to adapt to changing situations, ability to prioritize tasks according to objectives, and provide problem resolution while maintaining a quality mind-set putting patient needs as a top priority.
• Ability to travel up to 60%

• Clinical trial and manufacturing operations management experience
• Prior apheresis or tissue processing experience as well as prior customer support experience

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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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.

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