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Director, Ethics Risk & Compliance Advisor - Corporate Functions


Executive Director


East Hanover, New Jersey, United States

Director, Ethics Risk & Compliance Advisor - Corporate Functions

Job ID


Mar 07, 2024


About the Role

Bringing life-changing medicines to millions of people, Novartis sits at the intersection of cutting-edge medical science and innovative digital technology. As a global company, the resources and opportunities for growth and development are plentiful including global and local cross functional careers, a diverse learning suite of thousands of programs & an in-house marketplace for rotations & project work. With a strong medicines pipeline our current transformation will not just deliver growth for our business but continue to allow us to bring innovative medicines to patients quickly.

The Director, Ethics, Risk & Compliance Advisor- Corporate Functions & Operations will be responsible to identify, assess, and support effective management of risks presented by strategies developed by Patient Advocacy, Corporate Affairs, and other corporate functions to ensure execution of strategies is in compliance with applicable NPC policies, procedures and CIA requirements. The Corporate Functions Advisor will clearly identify, assess and articulate risks as part of early concept discussions for novel and complex communication and engagement strategies (e.g. health equity initiatives, interactions with patient organizations) and recommend effective risk management when they are implemented. Operational activities include conducting low risk investigations into alleged policy violations and driving continuous improvement in US policy. The ideal candidate is passionate about continually improving processes and understanding, and both enabling innovative strategies and ensuring ERC guidance to all teams is clear and actionable.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

•Collaborate with Corporate Functions stakeholders in connection with innovative communications and engagement strategies to identify, assess, and support effective management of risks to ensure execution of such strategies is in compliance with applicable NPC policies, procedures and CIA requirements, whether as part of a pilot to test and validate the strategy or across multiple TAs/products at scale.

•Provide specialized ERC advice to Corporate Functions domains with high and/or emerging risks (e.g. health equity initiatives, interactions with patient organizations) to assess risk in early concept discussions, discuss risk with business owners to achieve an aligned understanding, provide clear and actionable ERC advice on how to effectively mitigate such risks upon implementation, evaluate effectiveness of risk mitigation and document key milestones throughout the process.

•Effectively engage with leadership teams for assigned domains to ensure they have a holistic view of ERC risks presented in their strategies (key watch areas, what’s going well, etc.) and collaborate to implement strategies to address key or emerging risks.

•Conduct low-risk compliance investigations and reviews as assigned promptly and with a high degree of rigor, identifying patterns of activity that require remediation and process improvements.

•Continually assess identified issues from compliance reviews and investigations, monitoring results, and other data to identify opportunities to improve US policy, develop plans to address high priority opportunities, and advocate for a process of continuous improvement within Advisory, Policy, & Learning.

•Proactively monitor evolving US healthcare environment, enforcement trends and compliance programs of other pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies related to assigned marketing domains to identify and share insights within ERC.

•Be a knowledge expert related to Novartis healthcare compliance policies, procedures and CIA requirements and how they apply to associates’ roles and responsibilities throughout of the US organization.

•Develop trusted relationships with associates of all levels in Corporate functions and other teams to promote a SpeakUp culture and collaborate with all teams to strengthen a positive culture towards compliance and ethical decision making as an integral part of how we reimagine medicine for patients.

This position will require 10-20% travel

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

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.

Role Requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:

•Bachelor's Degree is required in relevant area

•8+ years in pharmaceutical, medical device or biotech companies; consulting, compliance or legal counseling of pharmaceutical or biotech companies; or combination thereof

•2+ years in compliance, legal or regulatory counseling for pharmaceutical, medical device or biotech companies


•Master’s degree or equivalent

•3+ years in or counselling Patient Advocacy, Corporate Affairs, Government Affairs, or similar functions

•4+ years experience conducting compliance reviews or investigations


Why Novartis?

766 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2021, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s 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!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

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

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations: Individuals in need of a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or disability for any part of the application process, or to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call +1 [Register to View] and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.

The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $183,200 and $274,800/year; however, while salary ranges are effective from 1/1/22 through 12/31/22, fluctuations in the job market may necessitate adjustments to pay ranges during this period. Further, final pay determinations will depend on various factors, including, but not limited to geographical location, experience level, knowledge, skills and abilities. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a sign-on bonus, restricted stock units, and discretionary awards in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits (including 401(k) eligibility and various paid time off benefits, such as vacation, sick time, and parental leave), dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the Company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, Company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

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Ethics Risk & Compliance

Business Unit

Ethics, Risk & Compliance




East Hanover, NJ

Company / Legal Entity

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Functional Area

Legal & Intellectual Property & Compl.

Job Type

Full Time

Employment Type


Shift Work