The Clinical Trial Buyer executes global clinical trial contractual documents to support the utilization of contract research organizations (CROs), central labs and specialty providers to assure the delivery of quality, timely and cost-
effective external resources to support the Novartis drug development pipeline. The Clinical Trial Buyer also participates in projects and initiatives to ensure Clinical Contracting & Outsourcing Management (CCOM) is prepared to successfully respond to the changing needs and requirements (legal, operational, regulatory, and financial) of our customers.
Your responsibilities :
Author, negotiate, execute and manage the contractual documents needed to effect the selection of the optimal external service provider (ESP).
Ensure ESP selection is based on current category strategy, value added services, cost avoidance and savings opportunities.
Negotiate contract terms, scopes of work, pricing and payment schedules. - Ensure agreements are commercial advantageous to Novartis while minimizing risk through close collaboration with functional partners such as legal, finance, and QA.
Assist clinical teams in defining scopes of work (SOW) for both original contracts and amendments. - Assist clinical teams in budget development for ESP.
Responsible for complete contract packages for clinical ESP activities. Secure all necessary approvals to ensure compliance to SOX and company procedures.
Utilize a contracting workflow system (Roadrunner) to track contract progress and status. - Report out on a set cadence tracking metrics and suggested process improvements.
Manage traffic of contractual documents to ensure timely and compliant execution. - Contribute to vendor audit requests and facilitate corrective action plans.
Ensure ESPs are delivering in line with expectations and contracts. "
What you’ll bring to the role :
University / Advanced degree is required.
Master’s or MBA degree in fields such as business administration, finance, or a scientific field is preferred.
Strong preference for CIPS or similar prof English
3-5 years of experience in drug development in the pharmaceutical industry or with a CRO or laboratory; global experience is a preference.
Detailed understanding of the clinical development process and robust understanding of the management of clinical trials.
Demonstrated ability of completing projects on time and within budget.
Excellent influencing and negotiating skills.
Solid understanding of contractual legal terms and conditions.
Familiarity with CRO, central laboratories, reference laboratories and speciality provider marketplace.
Solid financial understanding as it relates to clinical trial contracts and cost elements.
Why consider Novartis?
750 million. That’s how many lives our products touch. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this : how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?
We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment.
Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.
We are Novartis. Join us and help us reimagine medicine.
Novartis is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.