Head, Therapeutic Area Strategy (Basel, Switzerland / Boston, USA)

Job title: Head, Therapeutic Area Strategy (Basel, Switzerland / Boston, USA)

Company: Novartis

Job description: Job Description

Your Responsibilities:

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 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 Head, Therapeutic Area (TA) Strategy will lead a TA (Cardiovascular, Immunology, Haematology, Neuroscience, Solid Tumors, or TAx) focused team in the creation and ongoing update of a holistic and aligned Enterprise portfolio strategy for their TA. The candidate will work closely with the Global Innovative Medicines TA teams as well as across Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR), and Global Drug Development (GDD). The candidate will bring a passion for innovation, deep industry experience, scientific acumen, and strong judgement to guide internal choices and drive sustainable growth in the short, mid, and long-term for their respective TA. She/he will have both a broad and deep understanding of their core TA to derive insightful and differentiating competitive advantages over our peers by bringing a third-party view around key strategic levers and external analyses, trends, and white space opportunities. Additionally, they will conduct targeted primary research.

This role can either be based in Basel, Switzerland and/or Boston, MA USA. Distant working agreements may be offered in these locations based on local employment and/or company guidelines. As a result, the relocation or sponsoring from the US to Switzerland or vice versa will not be offered.

Within the US, the ideal location for this role is Boston, MA but remote work may be possible (there may be some restrictions based on legal entity). Please note that this role would not provide relocation. If an associate is remote, all home office expenses and any travel/lodging to specific Boston, MA for periodic live meetings will be at the employee’s expense. The expectation of working hours and travel (domestic and/or international) will be defined by the hiring manager. This position will require a certain amount of travel.

Your responsibilities include, but not limited to:

Provides external perspective and identifies opportunities:

  • Builds and maintains in-depth knowledge of the TA (early pipeline to commercial); including disease models; responsible for ongoing assessment of peer companies with heavy exposure in the TA.
  • Educates, updates, and provides external views to all internal stakeholders. Provides insight within key portfolio governance processes (diligence and external landscape mapping with BD&L and M&A)
  • Supports identification of growth accretive opportunities, indications, disease spaces and rejection of low value
  • Supports Group Investor Relations and the CEO Office with dissemination of key strategic insights
  • Ongoing collection and synthesis of scientific and commercial insights for the TA

Owns therapeutic area portfolio strategy and prioritization:

  • Leads the process of creating, maintaining, and updating Enterprise-wide TA portfolio strategy; including DA and molecule selection to drive mid- and long-term growth in collaboration with IM, GDD, & NIBR
  • Identifies potential pipeline gaps, makes recommendations to address
  • Works closely with key stakeholders (e.g., PS&A GPSC, IM-US, MAP team, NIBR, GDD) to facilitate portfolio decision making, prioritization and trade-offs

Internal and External Commercial and Pipeline Modelling:

  • Oversees assessments of programs fit to current portfolio strategy and facilitates central review for assets inside and outside current priorities (e.g., at Innovation Management Board (IMB)
  • Provides consolidated commercial and development inputs to support business cases for internal and external assets and programs
  • Provides outside-in independent view of internal assumptions around core pipeline
  • Leads the development of assessment of external opportunities (e.g., forecast assumptions)


  • Coaches, attracts, develops, and retains top talents; partners with P&O leadership to develop people strategy (e.g., organization development, performance, career development).
  • Plans, allocates, and manages TA strategy financial budget by anticipating expenditures, accurately forecasting resource needs/costs, and properly accounting for expenses to meet requirements and achieve fiscal responsibility

Minimum requirements

What you’ll bring to the role:

  • Advanced degree or equivalent experience in life science/healthcare required, MBA highly desirable
  • Significant (3+ years) and recent (post 2017) local US experience preferred; local US experience includes working within the US market (with the local US customers, US health care systems / systems of care, US payors / accounts, etc.), driving US market strategy
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills. Additional languages are advantageous
  • ≥10 years of pharmaceutical/biotech experience from either banking, consulting or biopharma covering drug development and ideally commercialization, within a relevant TA, with an ability to work in a matrix environment
  • Ability to comfortably engage with the C-suite and mid-career associates to influence and challenge with excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Strong financial and business acumen with strong understanding of biopharma landscape; companies, assets, and early technologies
  • Strong strategic vision, superior leadership, excellent communication, consensus building, and well-developed influencing and negotiation skills
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills to facilitate agreement and buy-in at the senior-most levels
  • Experience leading and managing a team with a variety of insights from science to commercial and proven coaching and mentoring experience
  • Cross-functional experience preferred (access experience)


Why Consider Novartis?

766 million. That’s how many lives our products touched 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 tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges aggressively and ambitiously. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying! Imagine what you could do here at Novartis

Imagine what you could do 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. 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, gen-der, 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 send an e-mail to [email protected] or call +1 (877)395-2339 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please include the job requisition number in your message.

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We are Novartis. Join us and help us reimagine medicine.

Functional Area

BD&L & Strategic Planning



Business Unit

Group Corporate Affairs & Global Health

Employment Type


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.

Shift Work


Early Talent


Expected salary:

Location: Boston, MA – Basel

Job date: Fri, 02 Sep 2022 03:02:52 GMT

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