Program Manager, R&D Governance

Job Terms:
Posted By:
Kate Gottfried

Job Description:

$9.0 billion research and development spend to develop breakthrough medicines! That’s an incredible commitment Novartis will make to projects that will impact lives.
As a part of the Governance and Program Management team with the PM&L organization, the Portfolio Governance and Program Manager will play a critical role in sustaining Excellence in Program Management, foster a culture of community to share learnings, that will impact NIBR (Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research) portfolio to accelerate and advance innovative therapies.

Your responsibilities:

  • Change Management and Communication
    • Add value in initiatives that foster the NIBR Global Program Management (GPM) community: Town Halls, knowledge sharing, team-building activities, offsite.
    • Make communication a pillar of program management: make sure cross-functional initiatives and learnings are shared, within and outside the Program Management organization (e.g., Learning, Portfolio Systems, TM, etc.); assess current channels effectiveness and propose alternative ways of communicating if needed; build and manage communications plan.
    • Design and implement change management solutions to ensure teams are effectively in the loop of key initiatives enabling them to advance projects without any slow-down, and enable a sense of belonging and collaboration within the community
  • Center of Excellence & Best Practice within NIBR GPM:
    • Key players in shaping Near Term Objectives (NTO) to support the Big Bold Objective (BBO) for NIBR GPM community
      • Sustain the wide portfolio of CoE initiatives, influencing setting-up priorities and long-term vision.
      • Actively leads best practices initiatives from initiation to rollout and sustain phase leveraging cross-industry knowledge.
      • Leverage best practice from other organizations, influence initiatives outside Program Management that can be benefit our team and Novartis.
      • Track non-pipeline initiatives progress and provide status to CoE, supporting the organization of the team meetings
    • Generates materials to enable effective discussion, including presentations, dashboard, agenda, meeting minutes and action items.
      • Sustain the OneProgram mind-set both connecting NIBR with GDD and commercial and facilitating consistencies in DA specific governance practices.
      • In collaboration with Head, Early Development Portfolio Effectiveness drive initiatives that will facilitate the OneNovartis vision for best practice and portfolio perspective.
  • Business Analytics
    • In collaboration with the Portfolio Analytics team, provide data insights for the NIBR Portfolio:
      • Generate dashboards and supports enhancements for Governance board decisions.
      • Leverage the Program Management community to provide business insights.
    • Enhance quality of plans and information sharing across the organization.
      • Lead initiatives to increase data quality across NIBR GPM Community.
      • In collaboration with Portfolio Systems, address data inconsistencies in NIBR system in collaboration with Program Managers.
      • Actively works with Portfolio Systems and Portfolio Analytics groups to continuously improve the way we capture, track and report project and program data.
      • Support Portfolio Systems initiatives communications and change management.

What you will bring to the role:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a science, engineering, communication or administrative field.
  • At least 9-12 years of relevant professional experience in Pharma, biotech, or consultant industry, preferably with a blend of experience in project management, drug development, communication, and change management roles.
  • Experience in early development is a plus.
  • Strong verbal and written communication.
  • Excellent interpersonal and information management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading / managing cross-functional teams.
  • Advanced skill in facilitating/optimizing the contribution of diverse team members.
  • Agility in understanding complex technical and scientific issues.
  • Demonstrated a global mind-set and cultural awareness.
  • Strong analytical and data analysis capabilities.