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Senior Engineer I

Novo Nordisk
Fremont, CA
Start date
Sep 16, 2023

Job Details

About the Department                                                                                                                                 

Imagine transforming the face of biomedical research, helping patients getting healthier with digital therapeutics, and advanced medical devices in a state-of-the-art research facility. That’s what we do at Novo Nordisk Research Center Seattle, Inc. (NNRCSI). Our scientists and engineers apply cutting-edge technologies to early R&D projects with the goal of bringing real change to People with Diabetes and Obesity. Such projects include applying data science when developing advanced medical devices and digital decision support solutions. At NNRCSI, your skills, dedication and ambition will help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we’ll offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent, continuously learn and develop, and drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions.


The team is comprised of collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work and are committed to helping others grow and develop their careers. You’ll also have a platform to engage with key stakeholders on a global scale throughout the entire pipeline process. And while changing the future of diabetes and obesity treatment is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity and innovation. And our competitive compensation package and support of a healthy work-life balance all add to a best-in-class employee experience. We are changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

Cell therapy is a highly prioritized venture for Novo Nordisk, we work with the newest equipment and methods for producing cell therapy pharmaceuticals for the future. We are a dynamic team of engineers and scientists defining how to design and qualify facilities, equipment, and systems ready for GMP manufacturing. We pull resources with experience from other parts of Novo Nordisk to ensure that we adapt know-how and best practices successfully in establishing our facility. We are looking for a Sr. Engineer with responsibility implementing IT/OT systems.



The IT Sr. Engineer will work together with other highly dedicated engineers within IT, Automation, and validation, the Sr Engineer will report to the validation manager. The primary location is our Cell Therapy CMC Facility located in Fremont, CA. But you will work closely with internal stakeholders and colleagues in corporate Novo Nordisk A/S.  Furthermore, you will have contact with external stakeholders such as vendors and service providers.


Essential Functions

  • Local project responsible for integrating Corporate IT systems (e.g. SAP, LIMS)
  • Collaborating closely with the IT project manager to develop a strategic direction for Site Cell Therapy CMC IT and Automation Assets.
  • Creating and maintaining standard operating procedures (SOPs), IT risk assessments, user requirements (URS), functional/design specifications (F/DS), risk assessments, and validation packages.
  • Ensuring strong alignment and synergies with IT practices and policies at Novo Nordisk Inc., Novo Nordisk A/S, and Cell Therapy CMC.
  • Following all safety and environmental requirements in the performance of duties.
  • Performing all job duties and responsibilities in a compliant and ethical manner, and in accordance with all applicable healthcare laws, regulations, and industry codes.


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.



  • The ideal candidate for this Senior Engineer position should possess the following qualifications:

  • A Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or PhD is preferred. A high school diploma with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience in the subject matter expertise is also acceptable.
  • At least two (2) years of experience working with IT/OT systems and computerized equipment.
  • Excellent process improvement and problem-solving skills.
  • Knowledge of IT compliance, preferably in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively in teams.
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in using computers to improve productivity, adapting to new technologies, and keeping abreast of changes and learning new programs and processes quickly.
  • A strong work ethic, self-motivation, and demonstrated ability to work effectively in teams.
  • Preferred knowledge includes:

  • CVS
  • SAP, LIMS, OSIsoft PI, PasX etc.
  • ServiceNOW, TIMS

    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.


    The base compensation range for this position is $98,820 to $155,000. This range is part of a family of roles and this role can be leveled up commiserate with experience. 


    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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