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Novartis Overview

Basel (Switzerland)
10000+ employees
1996
Company - Public (NVS)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10+ billion (CAD) per year
At Novartis, we use science-based innovation to address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues. We discover and develop breakthrough treatments and find new ways to deliver them to as many people as possible.

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Mission: Mission: Our mission is to discover new ways to improve and extend people`s lives. Our vision is to be a trusted leader in changing the practice of medicine. www.novartis.com

Company Updates

  • On October 1st we announced our new AI alliance with Microsoft. Today we announce the opening of several niche project based opportunities available as part of the alliance based in the US. Here's Shahram, Head of Data Science and AI to share more about why now is the right time to join. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vMYKQ

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Novartis – Why Work With Us?


750 million!

That’s how many lives our products touched in 2018. 200 projects currently in clinical development. 16 major approvals last year alone. These are achievements we’re incredibly proud of, but 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?  

 


Novartis focuses on innovative patent-protected medicines, generics and eye care products – segments where we have global reach and strong relations with our customers. Research and development (R&D) sits at the core of our business and central to our strategy. Our global organizations for manufacturing, business services and other functions help increase efficiency and promote excellence.

Our Divisions

Innovative Medicines:

The Innovative Medicines Division has two business units:

Novartis Pharmaceuticals focuses on patented treatments in the areas of ophthalmology; immunology, hepatology and dermatology; neuroscience; respiratory; and cardio-metabolic.

Novartis Oncology focuses on patented treatments for a variety of cancers and rare diseases.

Sandoz offers patients and healthcare professionals high-quality, affordable generics and biosimilars.

Functional organizations with a global reach:

Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is the innovation engine of Novartis. NIBR focuses on discovering new drugs that can change the practice of medicine.

Global Drug Development (GDD) organization oversees the development of new medicines discovered by our researchers and partners.

Novartis Technical Operations (NTO) handles manufacturing of innovative medicines and Sandoz products. NTO helps us optimize resource allocation and capacity planning across our production sites.

Novartis Business Services (NBS) consolidates support services across our organization, helping drive efficiency, simplification, standardization and quality.

Corporate Functions support the enterprise in specific areas of expertise, including finance, human resources, legal and communications.

Over the past decade, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada has introduced 20 new medicines that have had an important impact on patients suffering from a wide variety of major illnesses including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, Alzheimer's disease, age-related macular degeneration, organ transplantation and osteoporosis.





Corporate responsibility is endorsed and ingrained at the highest level of Novartis and is central to how we run our business.

We are inspired by helping patients and the communities where we live and work. This not only includes our day-to-day efforts as we develop and make available innovative medicines, but also how we give back through volunteering, charitable giving, and patient assistance programs.

Expanding Access to Healthcare: Developing new and innovative ways to reach people in lower-income countries is one of our top priorities. To expand access to healthcare, we pursue a variety of approaches.

Doing Business Responsibly: We recognize that achieving our business goals requires that we operate with high integrity, transparency and environmental sustainability.

Corporate Responsibility Report: Novartis has a strong history of corporate responsibility activities, and transparent reporting is a central part of our commitment.

750 million!

That’s how many lives our products touched in 2018. 200 projects currently in clinical development. 16 major approvals last year alone. These are achievements we’re incredibly proud of, but 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 the opportunity to explore the power and potential of data and digital. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks. Where you’re encouraged to share new ideas that can open up new ways of making things happen. And where you’re surrounded by teams who are equally determined to transform lives by tackling the world’s toughest medical challenges.

 

A commitment to science education

In additional to experienced career opportunities, Novartis has established numerous fellowship, internship and exchange programs with universities and research institutions, helping build a foundation for sustaining research and medicine in developing countries and beyond.

Our values define our culture and help us fulfill our mission

At Novartis, we have introduced values that describe the professional behaviors we expect from our employees. These values are an integral part of the framework we use to recruit people, develop them, and assess and reward their performance.

Innovation
We encourage people to experiment and take smart risks. Our aim is to foster creative thinking that leads to practical solutions to healthcare and business challenges.

Quality
Our focus on quality excellence includes continuously enhancing our standards, technology and training for our people.

Collaboration
We foster teamwork among our employees to swiftly and efficiently deliver innovative new products to patients and healthcare providers. This capitalizes on the diversity and creativity of our global staff.

Performance
Our people are known for their focus on results. We aim to reinforce that focus on personal and collective achievement, while maintaining high ethical standards.

Courage
We want our associates to speak out, challenge conventional thinking, and stand up for their ideas. We also want them to have the courage to do the right thing in the face of resistance or moral dilemmas.

Integrity
Our Code of Conduct sets high ethical standards, and comprehensive training ensures our associates know how to apply these standards in their work.

Our differences make us powerful

While our diverse workforce brings different people and perspectives together, inclusion is making the mix work. It is about creating an atmosphere and an environment where each of us feels valued, respected and heard.

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Novartis Interviews

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Novartis (East Hanover, NJ (US)) in April 2017.

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    Human Resources was wonderful, they sent maps, interview schedule and FAQ's about the company in advance aw well as directions, map of facility. The receptionist had all information on file to get through security. The campus is absolutely beautiful. Gym, pharmacy and company store on site as well as several restaurants.

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Novartis Awards & Accolades

  • India’s Best Companies to work for 2016, Great Places to Work, 2016
  • TOP 100 Employers Ranking - voted the most attractive Swiss employer in the field of natural sciences., Universum, 2018
  • Corporate Reputation of Pharma - in the Top Three, PatientView, 2016
  • Top 10 Pipelines, MedAdNews, 2017
  • Top 100 Global Innovators, Clarivate Analytics (formerly the IP & Science division of Thomson Reuters)., 2016
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