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Director, BPA Strategic Projects - Finance (NIBR- Cambridge, MA)

Company: Novartis Group
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Job Description:

Director, BPA Strategic Projects - Finance (NIBR- Cambridge, MA) Job Description $9.1 Billion. The amount that Novartis invests in R&D. Join us and be part of shaping that!

This role is responsible to lead and drive key strategic and operational projects sponsored by NIBR CFO, Global Head BPA NIBR or NIBR Finance Leadership Team.

You will provide financial consulting and operationally drive business strategies and plans, translating them into substantial actions/projects and then leading execution of identified projects. This includes running financial planning, reporting, analysis and expertise to support decision making, drive productivity and risk management for a NIBR Disease Area / Functional Area.

More specifically, this includes the following areas:

A> Strategy and Project Management:

Lead and drive strategic and operational projects to execution with measurable business impact

Lead multidisciplinary teams and project handle sophisticated projects - example R&D efficiency

Work closely with NIBR Finance, Strategy and NIBR Portfolio Management teams and prepare and present regular updates to senior management.

Examples of other projects include NIBR strategy, NIBR outsourcing models, Resource Allocation optimization, DA/FA capacity analysis

Independently lead and/or handle several projects at stages

Make recommendations to leaders, supported by analytics, to drive value creation and efficiency for NIBR

Identify key learning and apply to future initiatives to drive improvement

B> Planning, Forecasting and Analysis:

Timely and accurate submission of Budget, LFs and monthly outlooks with a focus on forecast quality and accurate expense phasing

Ensure visibility and understanding of business partner financial performance with variance analysis and reporting in results dashboard

Support decision making through modeling and analysis

Proactively manage risks/opportunities and initiate corrective measures as vital to deliver financial targets

Maintain good accounting and compliance

C> Business Partnering:

Partner effectively with Head of assigned Disease Area, Platform, or Function

Drive/Support decision-making process with ad-hoc financial analysis, driving resource allocation choices

Pressure test assumptions and provide critical challenges. Evaluate risks/opportunities, proactively communicate and make recommendations for mitigation.

Follow up and ensure issues are addressed
Communicate openly and efficiently within the matrix organization

Ensure business partners understand the financial processes and follow internal guidelines/SOPs

EEO Statement 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. What you'll bring to the role:


--- Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Economics, Accounting or related subject area is required

--- MBA or PhD is preferred


--- 8+ years of direct BPA business experience is required per job description, preferably from a pharma, biotech, or healthcare firm.

--- Experience leading cross-functional strategic projects with measurable business impact

--- Excellent analytical and data driven attitude - A confirmed ability to "see beyond the numbers" and provide analytical insights

--- Experience and ability to synthesize information and present it in a clear and structured way

--- Strategic Management consulting background /experience is strongly preferred

--- Experience in multiple countries; cross-cultural experience is an asset


For this highly visible role, excellent business acumen and executive presence is needed

Adept in collaborating with leadership and cross-functional teams, gaining commitment and influencing
for results

Inspired and curious - able to appropriately challenge the status quo as needed

Able to guide and oversee others for projects; effective indirect management

Instills trust, authentic, and builds and maintains relationships at all levels


Why consider Novartis?

799 million. That's how many lives our products touched in 2019. 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.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

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