Executive Director, Early Medical

East Hanover, New Jersey
Closing date
Feb 4, 2023

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Pharmaceutical, Physicians/Nurses, Senior Management
Full Time
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Job Description

Bringing life-changing medicines to millions of people, Novartis sits at the intersection of cutting-edge medical science and innovative digital technology. As a global company, the resources and opportunities for growth and development are plentiful including global and local cross functional careers, a diverse learning suite of thousands of programs & an in-house marketplace for rotations & project work. With strong medicines pipeline our current transformation will not just deliver growth for our business but continue to allow us to bring innovative medicines to patients quickly.

The ideal location for this role is East Hanover, NJ but remote work may be possible (there may be some restrictions based on legal entity). Please note that this role would not provide relocation as a result. If associate is remote, all home office expenses and any travel/lodging to specific East Hanover, NJ for periodic live meetings will be at the employee’s expense. The expectation of working hours and travel (domestic and/or international) will be defined by the hiring manager. This position will require 20% travel.

The Executive Director, Early Medical is responsible for the implementation of medical strategies for early programs globally, working in collaboration with NIBR, GDD, country/regional teams, and across GPS&C functions, with focus on innovative evidence solutions including interventional studies, NIS and RWE studies, implementation science projects.

The Executive Director, Early Medical based in extensive experience in drug development willbe able to lead Integrated Evidence Packagesin situations with higher scientific complexity and potential regulatory challenges. Will manage the most complex assets and thosethatpotentially will require deeper pharmacovigilance expertise. Will lead the most complex and challenging launches within the group.

The Executive Director, Early Medical will act as a subject matter expert in the development of the overarching strategies, providing inputs during design and along the end-to-end execution of programs across different disease areas.

The Executive Director, Early Medical will provide leadership and deep medical expertise across TAs, pivoting support based on business priorities and will represent GMA with senior GDD/NIBR/Tas stakeholders when needed


Execute medical affairs strategy for all priority programs in key countries including transformation tactics such as: research/population health, innovative partnerships and integrated evidence plans to deliver on pre-launch/pipeline assets.

Partner with Medical Affairs organizations in key countries to ensure strong delivery focus on country needs.

Co-develop plans for evidence generation, MSL / Field Medical Affairs strategy, medical education programs, scientific publication planning and Medical Expert network development with TAs.

Co-own the development and implementation of innovative education and scientific communication plans for all brands for external stakeholders.

Financial tracking to ensure timely and cost-effective development & execution of medical activities.

Prepare SRC submissions for prioritized launch portfolio.

Partner with Development, Value & Access & TAs to shape portfolio early and diversify evidence to achieve broad access at launch and to enhance impact on clinical practice for priority programs.

Represent GMA around prioritized portfolio with internal (GDD, NIBR etc.) and external audiences, in collaboration with TAs including the investment, medical and regulatory communities, as well as pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry collaborators/partners.

Represent “the voice of the patient” internally and evaluate factors relevant to a patient’s informed decision making.

Provide direction and input into the development and implementation of successful reimbursement and market-access strategies.

Provide input to shape Field Medical Strategies, develop, and execute TA Field Medical plans, ensure implementation of key Field Medical initiatives, e.g., insight gathering, sharing and translation into action, development and conduct of trainings on disease area and medical/ scientific knowledge, and guides MSL deployment.

Provide proactive input to Development on potential new therapeutic indications, to enrich Registration Programs and to consider new therapeutic opportunities.

Ensure that Patient Access programs are supported for all brands within the GMA and delivered with full compliance.

Ensures GMA activities are designed and executed in compliance with company policy guidelines and highest medical quality standards.

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:

Must have:
• MD (Preferred) or PhD/PharmD in Health Sciences. Specialist Degree or specialist qualification related to discipline for which is responsible is an advantage
• 7+ years in Pharmaceutical Industry experience (preferably in Medical Affairs and/or Clinical Development) / Academic Research
• Able to establish credibility and influence across a range of diverse stakeholders in a matrix organization to drive change
• Deep understanding of health care systems and key external stakeholders
• Understands unmet medical needs, generates the right evidence to fulfil them, uses innovative, multichannel communication formats for effective evidence dissemination

• Highly preferred: Significant (3+ years) and recent (post 2015) US in-market experience: includes working in the US market with the local US customers, US health care systems / systems of care, US payors / accounts, US market strategy etc.
• Significant experience in early development medical affairs activities where an early asset had been shaped for a better access and faster clinical adoption in major markets


The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $284,000 and $355,000 per 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.

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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