Strategic Program Director, data42

  • Novartis
  • Basel, BS, Switzerland
  • 06/11/2019
Full time Data Science Data Analytics Big Data Statistics

Job Description

data42 is Novartis’ transformational program to leverage 2 million patient-years of data in one of the largest and most diverse datasets in the pharma industry, with the ultimate moonshot goal to change the way we develop medicines. At Novartis, we believe that Artificial Intelligence combined with the wealth of our data and internal scientific expertise will transform life sciences.
In our Executive Committee-sponsored program, we operate like an internal start-up to get more medicines to more patients faster by (1) making internal and external data machine learnable and (2) applying advanced analytics to derive insights that contribute to (3) increasing our understanding of the disease and medicine thereby (4) enhancing R&D decision-making
With data42, we will deliver more value to patients while building a competitive edge for Novartis R&D

The Strategic Program Director, data42 will have responsibilities for end to end delivery of enterprise wide big data and analytics platform called as data 42. Lead external engagements and partnerships for advancing the platform and analytics, define program vision and priorities (Annual and long term) and align the strategy with Program Sponsor, Head and ECN Steer CO. Work closely with key stakeholders to align expectations and ensure full support from the organisation. Build strategy for adoption and growth of the platform. Support in building momentum across the organisation. Define key priorities and success metrics for the program in alignment with executive sponsors. Support in achieving KPI’s. Review overall spend, contracts, expenses, resources and suggest required actions for optimum and efficient use of the budget.

You will be responsible but not limited to:

Program Strategy

  • Build the long term Data42 program strategy taking into account internal and external considerations. Align the strategy with Program Sponsor, Head and ECN Steer CO.
  • Ensure effective implementation of long term strategy by closely working with product teams and LT members

Managing key Board Meetings

  • Own and manage key board meetings with ECN and ECN-1 stakeholders
  • Liaise with ECN members and Key stakeholders to gain support for the program and align priorities, direction and vision

External Advisory Board

  • Own and manage the external advisory board for data42. Define charter, purpose, cadence, membership and perks.
  • Organize and run the external advisory board. Act as Board secretary. Ensure the meeting is productive, with right attendees.

Drive Strategic projects

  • Lead one or more cross-functional strategic programs sponsored by Program Head, Sponsor and ECN and with significant impact on the organization
  • For strategically important projects drive project teams to solve complex problems
  • Creates a structured program framework; able to deal with ambiguity, highly autonomous and able to report on program progression / issues to ECN, DCN, NLT and Program Sponsor
  • Ensures the delivery and implementation on target, within budget and on time
  • Accountable for cross-functional alignment and organizational support of the projects by facilitating internal and external stakeholder management

Strategic Advisor to Program Sponsor and Head

  • Advise Program Sponsor and Head on various strategic matters of importance.Take on ad hoc strategic task’s and projects to support Program sponsor vision along with Program Head..

Minimum requirements

  • Bachelors/Master’s degree in scientific/technology discipline from top-tier university with consistent outstanding academic record.
  • Past experience in entrepreneurship is highly desirable. Fluent oral and written English
  • 8+ years of relevant experience in a multidisciplinary environment or in a line function (drug development)
  • 3+ years multi/cross functional leadership experience
  • Preferably solid knowledge of the NIBR &GDD organization, drug development process and operations
  • Strong data and analytics background

Why consider Novartis?

750 million. That’s how many lives our products touch. And while we’re proud of that fact, 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 believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks. And where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

We are Novartis. Join us and help reimagine medicine.


Global Drug Development

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Novartis Pharma AG

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Research & Development

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Full Time

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