Global Program Team Director
Novartis - East Hanover, NJ

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Drives the process of developing the integrated strategic and operational plan for programs worldwide together with the GPH/GMPH, and ensures organizational alignment and seamless execution. Facilitates team interaction and team building striving for a high performance Global Program Team (GPT).

Major Accountabilities:
  • Facilitates the elaboration, approval and execution of the global program strategy for the development and commercialization of ethical drugs, with the objective to optimize value, time, resources and risks.
  • Drives development of the Global Development and Profiling Strategy (GDPS) in collaboration with the GPT and serves as primary author of the document. Ensures organizational alignment and PMB approval
  • Ensures cross-functional alignment and organizational support for the global program plan by facilitating internal and external stakeholder management.
  • Drives team objective setting, prioritization and tracking ensuring adherence to plan and strategy.
  • Implements project plan flawlessly; optimizes and tracks progress of project plans (time, resources).
  • Drives issue identification and resolution and leads contingency planning for the GPT.
  • Identifies and resolves conflicts at GPT and functional team level.
  • Deputizes for GPH/ GMPH as leader and spokesperson for the program
  • Leads ad-hoc cross-functional task forces and day-to-day operations of GPT
  • In the role as GPTD, can represent program and team internally and externally
  • Ensures effective, proactive and open communications, horizontally and vertically, in order to achieve transparency and clarity of program goals, progress and issues; meets regularly with PTMs, advise GPH/GMPH and, where necessary, engage line function management, other internal stakeholders and external experts to overcome obstacles
  • Accountable for comprehensiveness and quality of program information in the respective systems (e.g. SUCCEED, dEIS, IMB updates, GPT minutes, Quarterly IR updates);
  • Accountable for forecasting the GPT budget (headcount and external cost) by liaising with PTMs. Challenges with the GPH/GMPH the Program timeline and resource requirements
  • Accountable for keeping the GPT on budget and for developing proper forecasts and timely flagging of budget variations with rationale.
  • Supervises and develops GPM to maximize contribution to GPT
Key Performance Indicators:
1. Achievement of G(M)PT objectives
2. Accuracy of program plan and budget
3. Cohesive and high quality GDPS in place

Job Dimensions:
Number of associates: 1 to 2 in PM, 20-25 Global Program Team members
Financial responsibility: (Budget, Cost, Sales, etc.)
Accountable for keeping the G(M)PT on budget and for developing proper forecasts and timely flagging of budget variations with rationale.
Impact on the organisation: Facilitates strategy development and drives the implementation of the assigned drug development programs to ensure goals reached. Facilitates team interaction and team building, towards a high performance Global Program Team (GPT). Minimum requirements Education: Doctoral in life sciences (or MBA with bachelors degree, or equivalent experience in life science)
Languages: Fluent English (oral and written).

1. 8+ years industry experience,
2. 5 yrs or equivalent multi- / cross-functional leader-ship experience,
3. Previous track record of success in working with and leading international and multidisciplinary drug development teams
4. Expert knowledge of drug development process
5. Detailed knowledge of special requirements of oncology drug development including Advanced knowledge of regulatory and business requirements.
6. Advanced level of basic science.
7. Advanced knowledge of competitive environment;
8. Expert knowledge of international customs and business practice
9. Advanced planning and tracking skills, capable of managing multiple projects with respect to priorities and self-management
10. Expert in Communication and Information management.
11. Expert leadership skills demonstrated in international project teams, in staff management roles or in other organizational assignments. Expert skills to facilitate/ optimize contributions from team members as individuals and members of a cohesive team.
12. Strong interpersonal and communication skills for bridging between scientific and business participants, for driving a program to effective implementation and for managing effective international collaborations; strong verbal communication, expert in written communications, expert team player.

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Novartis AG, incorporated on February 29, 1996, is a Switzerland-based holding that, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research,...