Head, Digitial Innovation & Analytics

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Sep 30, 2023

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Job Description

6000! That’s the number of associates in the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). This division is the innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on powerful new technologies that have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for patients.

And while we're proud of that, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people's lives? We have endless future opportunities in Tech Transformation and are well positioned to build products that improve lives.

Be part of a diverse and high caliber team of passionate people who strive to make a difference. This position is to be in Basel (Switzerland)

As Head, Digital Innovation & Analytics, you will lead the Scientific Operations Digital Innovation & Analytics (DIA) function in NIBR Scientific Operations supporting both scientific operations and broader NIBR operations community with operational analytics and digital innovation.

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Develop innovative & targeted digital solutions to simplify and unburden processes for scientific operations functional areas and extending reach into the broader NIBR operations community.
• Deliver customized and actionable analytics to meet specific needs from end-users.
• Support standardization in program / project management tools
• Develop DIA function strategy and roadmap, identifying and resourcing high-impact initiatives across scientific operations and NIBR. Ensure transparency of strategy and efforts to leadership and lead the process of management review of the DIA project portfolio.
• Lead associates across international sites responsible for digital innovation and analytics projects, ensuring alignment of strategy and goals, coaching and career development.
• Utilize robust change management methodologies to engage stakeholders in the implementation of digital solutions. Develop, deploy, and manage communication and change management plans associated with DIA projects.
• Serve as a leader supporting customized digital solution to support NIBR’s speed via simplification effort, with the goal of decreasing the cycle-time of drug discovery through process improvement and waste reduction.
• Ensure appropriate project selection and prioritization and that resources are focused on realizing the most impactful opportunities.
• Form, lead and or coach multi-disciplinary DIA project teams and deliver on agreed milestones and targets. With business cases and resource justifications endorsed as required.
• Engage with global and cross-functional colleagues to uncover opportunities to transformdata into actionable insights and analytics.
• Build a network of practitioners across NIBR and engage with other Novartis divisions as appropriate.
• Represent Scientific Operations / digital team to external stakeholders, fostering collaboration and understanding across NIBR.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

We are committed to building an outstanding, inclusive work environment and diverse teams representative of the patients and communities we serve.

Minimum Requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:

• Bachelor's or Masters required; computer science, data science, data/digital system architecture / engineering or a life science degree.
• 10+ years working in the development of digital tools and data analytics in the context of drug discovery and scientific support/operations in a highly matrixed environment.
• Deep working knowledge of Microsoft 365, AWS technology, shell scripting & data visualization tools.
• Demonstrated experience in business analysis, data management / trending, forecasting & planning.
• Experience working with support teams/functions and operations supporting drug discovery processes as well as experience in process/operational excellence management practices (LEAN/six sigma)
• Implementation of solutions working in cloud-based environment, tool implementation; full life cycle management of digital solutions for specific customer needs.
• Credible track record of delivering results in an operations environment, including previous implementation and leadership of continuous improvement programs
• Change management / transformational projects experience and ability to influence at all levels
• Project management, design thinking, problem-solving and team development skills
• High energy, relentless optimism in pursuit of achieving outcomes
• Excellent oral and written communication skills including proven track record in stakeholder engagement, training, and presentation skills.

Why Novartis?

236 million. That is how many lives our products impacted in 2022 across approximately 144 countries. And while we're proud of that, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people's lives? We have endless future opportunities in Tech Transformation and are well positioned to build products that improve 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!

Join our Novartis Network: If this role is not suitable to your experience or career goals but you wish to stay connected to hear more about Novartis and our career opportunities, join the Novartis Network here: https://talentnetwork.novartis.com/network

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