Associate Director, Project Management-Biologics (San Diego/Boston)
Posted on: June 20, 2022
6000! This is the number of associates in the Novartis
Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). This division is the
innovation engine of Novartis, focusing on new technologies that
have the potential to help produce therapeutic breakthroughs for
The Novartis Biologics Center (NBC) is housed within NIBR and works
in collaboration with the disease areas and technical expert
groups. We build the future biologics therapy pipeline of Novartis
through the discovery and creation of new antibody, protein,
nucleic acid and virus-based molecules.
We are seeking a highly motivated scientist and leader to join the
Project and Portfolio Management group within NBC. In this role,
you will bring expertise in early research project management in
the field of siRNA and cell and gene therapies, with an emphasis in
AAV and CART or siRNA technologies. You will join the team to drive
successful execution of a wide range of biologics projects which
starts with early strategic and operational discussions in drug
candidate generation, assembly of internal teams, and includes
technical leadership of early process development and the
developability assessment of candidate compounds. You will report
to the Head of NBC's Project and Portfolio Management.
What you'll be doing: responsibilities include, but not limited
- Work collaboratively with cross-functional and
multidisciplinary teams, spanning multiple global sites to discover
and develop efficient siRNA or AAV and lentiviral therapies.
- Build and co-lead internal NBC teams of experimental
scientists. Seek technical and operational input from key NBC /
NIBR / Novartis stakeholders to build the project execution plan.
Track and oversee projects by maintaining an overview of the
project goals, activities and commitments and timelines of project
teams, in line with strategic priorities. Manage and optimize
project plans and resource assignments with the goal to
- Responsible for the project from initiation through handover to
- Lead early process development and developability efforts.
- Network with DAs and downstream development partners to bring
lead candidates towards full development. Lead in a matrix
environment by influencing and effectively facilitating
cross-functional decision making.
- Support teams in preparation and presentation at various
- Manage day-to-day team communication, periodically report
project progress to key stakeholders and escalate concerns when
- Represent NBC at multiple cross-functional teams and/or project
management / portfolio-related initiatives around portfolio
strategies and operational process improvement.
- Contribute to vendor/CRO evaluations, coordination of
outsourcing requests, budget monitoring and communication,
evaluation of external collaborations and due diligence.
- Ensure best practices, knowledge exchange and continuous
mentoring and training of team members.
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their full potential.Minimum requirementsWhat you'll bring to the
- PhD with 5+ years of relevant experience or M.S. with
equivalent experience and a strong background in siRNA or AAV
- 5+ years of relevant biotech/pharma/academia experience with a
focus in AAV / lentivirus / siRNA therapeutic design, production,
characterization and delivery.
- Ambitious, highly collaborative and fully committed to team and
project success; result and quality oriented. Ability to navigate
conflicting interests while making compromises to ensure project
- Excellent project management, organizational and team
management skills, interpersonal communication, strong verbal and
- Creativity with demonstrated critical thinking and
problem-solving skills, detail oriented but able to see the
- Thrives in an environment with high ambiguity, challenges and
change; an eager and quick learner willing to adopt new tools and
- Ability to operate in a fast-paced dynamic environment and be
able to effectively process multiple avenues of communication and
requests in parallel.
- This is a site-based position based out of our Cambridge, MA or
San Diego, CA site with flexibility for remote work a few days a
- Familiarity with more traditional biotherapeutics (mAbs,
therapeutic proteins) is a plus.
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UnitBIOTHERAPEUTIC AND ANALYTICAL TECHNOLOGIES - NIBRCountryUSAWork
LocationCambridge, MACompany/Legal EntityNIBRIFunctional
AreaResearch & DevelopmentJob TypeFull TimeEmployment
TypeRegularShift WorkNoEarly TalentNo
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