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Director, Head of Operations (Automation, Engineering, CapEx) (346461BR)


Genetic Engineering



San Diego, California, United States

12,000. The number of associates worldwide working together to reimagine medicine! <br><br>The Global Drug Development (GDD) organization oversees the development of new medicines discovered by our researchers and partners. We transform the lives of people by developing innovative and life-changing medicines.<br><br>The Director, Head of Operations, will lead the site operations team including Facility and Maintenance, Automation & Engineering, Qualification & Validation, and Capital projects for our Technical Research & Development Organization (TRD).<br><br>Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:<br><br>• Interacts with site leadership to Develops long range strategic plans for site development.<br>• Plans, budgets, and drives overall site Operation activities.<br>• Collaborate cross-divisionally in developing the optimal operations for site. Develop and deliver on SLAs with divisions/groups locally.<br>• Build network within the NVS ecosystem to best position the operations and resources for the San Diego site.<br>• Ensures compliance of the site according to US and international regulatory agencies including OSHA and FDA.<br>• Oversee capital projects to upgrade or expand facilities and equipment needed. <br>• Review and approve critical documentation such as SOP’s, URS, FRS, Technical Specifications, and Functional Specifications. <br>• Drive proactive site inspection readiness programs and promotes quality and compliance culture.<br>• Ensures department resources are available to promptly respond to and resolve site problems as needed at all times.<br>• Manages third party service provider relationships; maintains a master contact list and ensures that appropriate service agreements are in place and vendors are appropriately trained and qualified.<br>• Establishes KPIs including staying within the budget, and ensures staff support and meet KPI’s. Takes corrective actions to mitigate performance gaps.<br>• Has the ability to maintain a strong leadership presence, display sound decision-making and presentation skills, and is highly adept at representing the site both internally and externally<br>• Efficiently synthesize information from a variety of sources proactively to identify interdependencies and leverage a solutions-focused mindset to develop options<br>• Drive operational excellence and continuous improvement.<br><br><br>[#video#{#400,300#}#/video#]<br><br>Vaccine Policy: While Novartis does not require vaccination at this time, for certain Novartis sites in the US all associates and candidates may be required to either upload an image of their COVID-19 vaccine card demonstrating proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 (or other similar evidence of vaccination) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken by the associate or candidate within the past seven days to enter any of our sites and/or customer office or healthcare facility, as well as prior to participating in other work related off-site meetings. Employees working in customer-facing roles must adhere to and comply with customers’ (such as hospitals, physician offices, etc.) credentialing guidelines, which may require vaccination. As required by applicable law, Novartis will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. This requirement is subject to applicable state and local laws and may not be applicable to employees working in certain jurisdictions. Please send accommodation requests to