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Associate Director, Project Management (siRNA / Biotherapeutics)




Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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 patients. The Biologics Center (NBC) is accommodated within the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). NBC, in collaboration with the disease areas and technical expert groups, builds the future biologics therapy pipeline of Novartis through the discovery and creation of new antibody, protein, nucleic acid and virus-based molecules.<br> <br>As an Associate Director Project Management, you will have an opportunity to be at the cutting edge discovery, leading discovery and early development of innovative medicines that can improve lives of patients. In this role, you will bring expertise in early research project management in the field of biotherapeutics or siRNA therapeutics, with an emphasis on mAbs, multispecific Abs and therapeutic proteins, ADC molecules or siRNA technologies. Our group is driving successful execution of a wide range of biologics projects. This starts with early strategic and operational discussions on drug candidate generation, assembly of internal teams, and includes technical leadership of early process development and the developability assessment of candidate compounds. <br><br>What you’ll be doing: Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:<br>• Work collaboratively with cross-functional and multidisciplinary teams, spanning multiple global sites to discover and develop efficient Biotherapeutic- or siRNA-based therapies.<br>• 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 aim to manage/mitigate risks.<br>• Responsible for the project from initiation through handover to technical development.<br>• Lead early process development and developability efforts.<br>• Network with DAs and downstream development partners to bring lead candidates towards full development. Lead in a matrix by influencing and effectively facilitating cross-functional decision making.<br>• Support teams in preparation and presentation at various governance boards.<br>• Manage day-to-day team communication, report periodically project progress to key stakeholders and escalate concerns if necessary.<br>• Represent NBC at multiple cross-functional teams and/or project management / portfolio-related initiatives around portfolio strategies and operational process improvement.<br>• Contribute to vendor/CRO evaluations, coordination of outsourcing requests, budget monitoring and communication, evaluation of external collaborations and due diligence.<br>• Ensure best practices, knowledge exchange and continuous mentoring and training of our team members.<br>This position will be located at the Cambridge, MA OR San Diego, CA site and will not have the ability to be located remotely. This position will require 1% travel as defined by the business (domestic and/ or international). We are ideally seeking local candidates that will not require relocation. <br><br>[#video#{#400,300#}#/video#]