Director, Medical Affairs Operations and Excellence

Bannockburn, IL, US
May 26, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Imagine\u2026 2 weeks after the birth of your child you realize they aren't meeting critical developmental milestones and after months of doctor's appointments you are told your baby has a rare neurological disease that would impact how they would live their lives.

This is the reality of parents whose children have Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and it's the reason why we at Novartis Gene Therapy are laser focused on bringing hope and possibility to those devastated by rare genetic diseases.

We use cutting-edge technology to turn promising gene therapies into proven treatments beginning with SMA but also focusing on Rett Syndrome and Friedreich's Ataxia.

Imagine the lives you could transform by joining the Novartis Gene Therapy team.

The Director, Medical Affairs Operations and Excellence, will work with the Senior Director, Medical Operations and Excellence to develop and support the Global Medical Affairs (GMA) Lead in strategic planning, resource management, and execution of critical launch initiatives. Brings project management and process expertise to execute the Medical Affairs Strategic Plan and ensures alignment across multiple stakeholders. Oversees and manages multiple initiatives within GMA to deliver timely and effective solutions that create significant value across countries, regions and globally.

  • Provides leadership and supports management of Medical Affairs projects and initiatives critical for launch, including, but not limited to, Insights Management, Data Generation, Data Dissemination, Stakeholder Engagement, and internal system and process improvements.
  • Responsibilities include strategic planning, management of resources, budget, milestones, and management of Medical Affairs team meetings.
  • Partner with the Medical Affairs Leadership Team in the development, execution and monitoring of medical functional plans with tactics.
  • Identify team and program risks and implement and manage mitigation plans as needed (budget, timelines etc.).
  • Keeps stakeholders informed of important changes in each of their respective areas while driving projects within GMA Medical Operations.
  • Drives the evolution and development of GMA project planning and monitoring tools.
  • Accountable for meeting budget objectives, projects goals, and department priorities.
  • Recognizes and anticipates problems. Translates solutions into viable action plans at a global level that are effectively disseminated and implemented through cooperation of stakeholders.

  • Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 10+ years' experience (or advanced degree in related field with a minimum of 7+ years) in executing large, cross functional or global initiatives using a project management framework within business operations
  • Experience within biotech and/or pharmaceutical industry. Vendor management beneficial.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tools used by pharmaceutical industry to support collection of business operations data, such as CRM, SharePoint, etc.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated leadership in a matrix organization, able to motivate and inspire team members to high performance levels
  • Proven decision-making skills leading to successful outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to present complex issues to higher level management and contribute to high level presentations and discussions
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective collaborative relationships with team members, management and internal/external partners
  • Demonstrated ability to be a consistent high-level contributor or leader of multiple projects, processes, or functions
  • Ability to present complex issues to higher level management and contribute to high level presentations and discussions
  • Strong communication, conflict resolution, and leadership skills
  • Experience working with teams / individuals with varied cultural backgrounds & learning styles
  • Intermediate to advanced competency and experience with a variety of computer applications, including Microsoft Suite, MS Project, SharePoint and/or other related project management tools
  • Willingness to travel (approximately 20%)

The level of this position will be based on the final candidate's qualifications.

Why Novartis?

769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, 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!

Novartis Gene Therapies Benefit Summary:

Annual bonus, long term incentive, health insurance, paid vacation/holidays, potential flexible working arrangements (based on role) and an employee recognition program are available for this position, among many other benefits provided to employees of Novartis Gene Therapies.

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.

Novartis Gene Therapies is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, genetics, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.