Head of IT Scientific Products, Information Products and Data Sciences

    • Basel, Switzerland

Job Description
6,000 scientists and physicians around the world use our data to reimagine medicine and create therapies that save lives. Our research is focused on discovering innovative new drugs that will change the practice of medicine.

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical (NIBR) is the global pharmaceutical research organization of Novartis with a mission to discover innovative medicines that treat disease and human health. To do that, our scientists need cutting-edge, state-of-the-art computing systems and NIBR Informatics (NX) is a strategic investment into informatics capabilities, positioning to deliver the systems and services are critical to the future of drug discovery.

The Information Products and Data Sciences (IPDS) group in NX is driven to maximize the impact and value to NIBR of software and data. We deliver powerful, functional, beautiful, and integrated software solutions that create a frictionless user experience. Our organization is here to build and apply excellence in product and data management to further Novartis drug discovery.

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Novartis Institutes for BioMedical (NIBR) is the global pharmaceutical research organization of Novartis with a mission to discover innovative medicines that treat disease and human health. Our scientists need cutting-edge, state-of-the-art computing systems and NIBR Informatics (NX) is a strategic investment into informatics capabilities and positioning to deliver systems and services that are critical to the future of drug discovery.

NX is a global team of ~350 technology scientists and business professionals working across 5 sites, primarily Cambridge MA (USA) and Basel (Switzerland).
- Interview with NIBR CIO: https://www.novartis.com/stories/people-and-culture/qa-new-nibr-cio-dimitris-agrafiotis
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Job Description:

As the Head of Scientific Products, you will develop and continually update a vision for the suite of scientific products that support NIBR drug discovery and lead the product management team to the successful realization of that vision. Your vision will inspire the cross-functional product organization to deliver value to our scientists and will sustain our team through challenging times. You will bring together technologies, capabilities and outstanding talent to create products that our users will love.

You will define the standard for excellence in product management in our organization and synthesize that with your knowledge of drug discovery to create scientific software that enhances and helps drive NIBR science. The Head of Scientific Products will prioritize product roadmaps, direct development resources to maximize value to NIBR science, and will define how we measure product success and value delivery. You will be responsible for identifying opportunities that lead to the growth of our products through constant improvement and innovation while also providing consistent delivery and stable operation of products.

You will use your knowledge of these products to promote their meaningful use by giving product demos, sharing user stories, and showing the connection of our scientific products to drug discovery impact.

You will work closely with colleagues in engineering, user research, design, support, training, and data science to empower matrixed product teams that deliver on your vision for our products. This will require you to align and coordinate with other departmental leaders and stakeholders to ensure all operational needs are met including security, stability, usability, and sustainability.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•Lead, manage and mentor a team of product managers.
•Product lifecycle management from concept to launch of the products across all scientific product lines.
•Lead, define, represent and communicate product portfolio strategy to all stakeholders and NIBR leadership.
•Assess product development progress and enhancement opportunities.
•Evaluate product development results.
•Evaluate and provide input into strategic plans for each product line.
•Drive innovative ideas, solutions and products through leadership and decisive action.
•Build incredible teams and processes to deliver products that satisfy the needs of customers.
•Become the key evangelist of our products and participate in education activities, conferences, discussions with thought leaders within and outside of Novartis.
•Regularly present to stakeholders, NX, and NIBR leadership

Minimum requirements
What you will bring to this role:

•Bachelor, Master or PhD in biology, chemistry, computational biology or computational chemistry (PhD preferred)
•Minimum of 10 years of experience in IT product management in complex matrix environments
•Five or more years of work experience in a drug discovery environment or a core supporting scientific discipline such as biology, chemistry, or computational sciences
•Expertise on the Product Team Model and Agile software development
•Strong quantitative skills and the ability to use data and metrics to inform decisions

Additional required core skills:

•Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; adept at working with colleagues from diverse disciplines and at all levels of the company.
•Proven experience in team building, mentoring, and leadership
•Demonstrated strength as a team player
•Strong leadership skills with a proven ability to win others to follow a common vision
•A clear and visible set values and demonstrated integrity
•Proven ability to execute consistently, rapidly, and effectively
•Self-motivated
•Calm under pressure
•Ability to travel 25%

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!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:
Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. 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.

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