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Therapeutic Data Strategy Director


Executive Director


East Hanover, New Jersey, United States

Therapeutic Data Strategy Director

Job ID


Mar 11, 2024


About the Role

100,000. That’s how many patients participate in our clinical trials at any given time. Global Clinical Operations (GCO) touches patients’ lives every day acting as a link between science and medicine. Envision the impact you could have as the Therapeutic Data Strategy Director!

The Therapeutic Data Strategy Director (TDSD) bridges science and operations by defining how the clinical data strategy is operationalized across the complete data flow within GCO. The TDSD is responsible for ensuring data regulatory compliance, the availability of End-to-End (E2E) standards, that instruments and devices are thoroughly discussed, defined, and finalized prior to the database build and that the operational impact of any new changes are known, costed, mitigated, and captured in the appropriate knowledge database. In collaboration with the GPT, the TDSD aligns on the fit for purpose data package as part of a program / indication level quality by design to support data strategy needs in the drug development lifecycle of a molecule or across therapeutic area (TA) within an assigned unit in Novartis. This role is accountable for the end-to-end data product, ensuring application of Novartis clinical data standards and defining the clinical data acquisition and data review, analysis, and reporting strategy to support the submission of our clinical programs. So, if creating a program level data strategy for operations that embodies agility, cycle time reduction and ultimately reduces costs excites you, then you should apply.

Your responsibilities:

Operational Execution of the Program Strategy:

• Lead, establish and maintain a data strategy for the design, collection, processing, transformation, reporting and submission of clinical data

• Cost and impact assessment of proposed data collection, analysis, and reporting

• Drive capability inputs to data team’s resource algorithm based on future incoming demands

• Matrix data operations leader who is the single focal point for the sustained industry leading cycle time for data product

• Ensures the provision of resource with the skillset to develop robust & lean E2E specification during the initial set up stage.

• Leads the full spectrum of standard development and compliance across their portfolio.

• Consults to drive quality into the study protocol and operational processes.

• Driving implementation of a lean global data strategy and define fit for purpose data requirements

• Ensure the fit for purpose data requirements remain intact and understanding the operational impact e.g., cost, resources, and time of any amendments as well as work with clinical development, analytics, and regulatory line functions to understand the scientific, clinical, statistical and regulatory impacts.

• Support assessment on opportunity to capitalize on non-traditional options (e.g., historical data, synthetic data, cross-sponsor shared control arms IMI EU-PEARL, adaptive designs, pragmatic trials, decentralization, etc.).

• Work with Clinical Operational Program Head (COPH) and Vendor Program Manager (VPM) to define the provision of ancillary data, including vendor capabilities.

• Author the Clinical Data Section of Operational Execution Plan (OEP) (key customers, dataflow, and targets to generate Data-as-a-Product (DaaP) etc.).

End-to-End Ownership of the Clinical Data Flow:

• Drives implementation of a lean global data strategy and defines fit for purpose data quality requirements sufficient to support good decision making and meet regulatory requirements.

• Collaborates cross-functionally to define quality by design review process to ensure fit for purpose data quality sufficient to support good decision making.

• Drives standards and processes to facilitate data right the first time.

End-to-End Standards Oversight & Lifecycle Management:

• Responsible for compliance with data requirements and the availability of end-to-end clinical data standards (data collection through analysis) for a program/molecule/indication.

• Influence and support the design of new clinical data standards as required at the enterprise/ therapeutic area level.

• Final governance decision maker for adoption and maintenance of data standards.

• Drives / defines program level vendor data transfer specifications.

Operational Project Management:

• Develop, communicate, and drive implementation of a global data operationalization strategy to deliver value-adding data; TDSD supports and guides the Data Team (as part of the CTT) in ensuring the overall program /OEP strategy is aligned with execution.

• Establish key customers of Clinical Data and establish approach for future consumption.

• Works with the business to ensure adherence to timelines, adoption of the data strategy and delivery of the target data product quality.

• Influencer and interlocutor for adoption and compliance on business process and objectives related program data strategy.

• Assesses / approves changes that impact the data collection, analysis and reporting strategy.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

We 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.

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 let us know the nature of your request, your contact information and the job requisition number in your message:

Role Requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:

• Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in life sciences, preferably with a statistics module.

• Fluent in both written and spoken English. Additional language, if used for local Business purposes.

• A minimum of 15 years in a R&D regulated environment in a relevant pharmaceutical or health care company.

• Excellent understanding of end-to-end clinical data processing and the clinical trial operations space.

• Extensive knowledge and experience in ICH-GCP Process Control or ICH-GCP Quality Assurance systems and Health Authority regulations; Clinical Operations experience in these areas is preferred.

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 team’s, representative of the patients and communities we serve.

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Business Unit





East Hanover, NJ

Company / Legal Entity

Novartis Pharmaceuticals

Functional Area

Research & Development

Job Type

Full Time

Employment Type


Shift Work