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Senior Director - Data Strategy

Novo Nordisk
Plainsboro, NJ
Start date
Sep 2, 2023

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Marketing, Strategic Marketing
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

Job Details


About the Department 

At Novo Nordisk, our Finance and Operations team is the engine that elevates holistic commercialization of our products. The Finance and Operations team works closely with the business across the organization to guide enterprise-wide resource allocations, investment choices, drive core operations and develop insights to drive growth and operational excellence across the value chain while innovating for future capabilities. We regulate accounting, uphold workplace safety, manage our supply chain and sampling, support technology, provide commercial operations, insights & analytics, maintain our facilities and assure the integrity and completeness of all business transactions. At Novo Nordisk, you will have the opportunity to build a life-changing career in a global business environment. We encourage our employees to make the most of their talent. And we reward hard work and dedication with the opportunity for continuous learning and personal development. Are you ready to realize your potential?

The Position

The Senior Director of Data Strategy for Novo Nordisk Inc., (NNI) leads all data strategy activities for the commercial organization dand coordinates alignment across multiple functions to foster value creation by means of the organization's data assets and external data ecosystem. This role sets direction for the newly formed data strategy team within CI&A (Commercial Insights & Analytics) based on a comprehensive understanding of the unique challenges, business strategies, competitive environment, and emerging opportunities for NNI. This role leads and inspires a team of direct reports to develop data strategy and governance aligned with commercial priorities. This leader will build a team that delivers value in partnership with several functions across the enterprise ensuring policies and best practices exist and are followed for high data quality and compliance across all areas. The role is accountable for development, employee engagement, and organizational / data driven culture.



The Senior Director of Data Strategy for NNI is a key member of the CI&A LT, reports to the VP, Insights & Analytics and interacts with key stakeholders across the business. Key relationships include Commercial Operations, Information Technology, Sales, Marketing, CMR (Clinical, Medical, Regulatory), Procurement, Legal/Compliance, MAPA (Market Access & Public Affairs), etc. External relationships include consulting partners, data providers and market research partners.


Essential Functions

  • Creates vision, mission, and operating model for newly created NNI Data Strategy team, including points of interaction and influence across multiple elements of the business

  • Oversees multiple aspects of commercial data sourcing and generation. Responsible for inventory and catalogue of key data assets and works closely with procurement and other functions to evaluate future data needs or existing data gaps. Serves as primary contact for future NNI digital strategy regarding data needs and management

  • Accountable for several aspects of data management including master data management (HCP and patient) and data stewardship, integration of new data sources into NNI systems, business rule management, affiliations, and access management. Also includes metadata management as a key component of data management

  • Interacts with multiple teams across CI&A, commercial operations, IT (Information Technology), etc. to help manage the data flows between multiple organization units

  • Tracks commercial use cases across the organization and maps data requirements. Works with IT and other parts of the business to transform data into analytically ready data sets. Serves as an evangelist for appropriate and impactful use of data across NNI. Assess impact of data within the organization and makes appropriate recommendations on usage and procurement

  • Works with IT to enable access and transformation of data into insights and strategic / tactical recommendations to the business. Includes oversight and strategic direction related to data platforms such as DASH, Apollo, etc. Also collaborates with appropriate teams to onboard data management tools and systems

  • Acts as primary liaison with other governing organizations within NNI including legal, compliance, privacy, and ethics in determining appropriate and compliant data use. Also chairs the newly formed NNI Data Council across multiple NNI functions

  • Acts as primary contact with several global organizations related to data governance and management (Global Data Office, Data Management and Analytics, ITC, GBS, etc.)

  • Leadership and Development:

  • Champion the Triple Bottom Line in business analytics and internal strategy consulting

  • Demonstrate creative simple approaches toward solving complex problems

  • Coach or train junior level staff on analytical approaches, techniques, synthesized storytelling presentation development, business issue identification and methods for addressing, etc.

  • Pro-actively seek process improvement opportunities by challenging existing processes, proposing solutions, and driving approved implementation plan

  • Strive to develop and deploy innovative approaches and maintain awareness of 'best practices' across industries by maintaining a current familiarity with analytics and field business assessments


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.


Development of People

Ensure that reporting personnel have individual development plans (IDP), with annual goals and measurements that are consistent with the priorities of the business, and that interim reviews are held so that their work is focused on those priorities, and they understand their level of accountability for results and the measurement process. Ensure that the IDP forms include completed learning and aspiration plans and are in place for all reporting personnel to enable the achievement of goals and capability to assume increased levels of responsibility. Manage the application and communication of all Novo Nordisk policies, procedures, and Novo Nordisk Way.



  • Bachelor’s degree required with at least 11 years of relevant experience; or at least 10 years relevant experience with a Master’s or MBA required. Advanced degree preferred; will consider advanced degree in lieu of some relevant experience to meet minimum qualifications

  • Relevant experience required should preferably include commercial analysis related fields (Data Management/ Data ‎ Governance, Market Research, Marketing/Sales Analytics, Forecasting, etc.)

  • 3+ years’ pharmaceutical experience with direct experience managing medium to large teams, data insights & analytics, and driving engagement with commercial leadership stakeholders is required

  • Experience with pharmaceutical data, specifically Xponent, Xponent PlanTrak, DDD and LAAD data is required

  • Experience operating in a fast-paced environment, with a focus on delivering high quality insights & analytics

  • Effective communication abilities, and ability to create clear and simple presentations in high quality

  • Strong ability to condense complicated data into a simple message or format

  • Experience interacting with and influencing senior level leadership within an organization

  • Experience as a Project Leader responsible for complex project where input and alignment are needed across multiple stakeholders including VP level or above

  • Deals with concepts and complexity comfortably

  • Excellent administrative, organizational, project management and analytical skills

  • Experience managing project budgets and resources

  • Customer-focused with excellent communication skills and ability to work with all levels within organization

  • Quantitative analytics skills

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously

  • Ability to manage vendors, contracts, and budget activities required


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 54,400 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. For more information visit

Our US Research & Development hub, located in the Greater Boston area, brings together the best talent to drive life science innovation. Located in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge, our teams reflect the full scope of R&D, from early research through late-stage clinical development. We are building for the future by creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. By combining the speed and agility of biotech with the quality, resources, and stability of a large pharmaceutical company, our US R&D hub will benefit from the best of both worlds to develop new medicines that meet the needs of patients.


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