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Project Engineer II - Site Capacity

Novo Nordisk
Clayton, NC
Start date
Nov 27, 2023

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About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. Being part of Novo Nordisk allows our employees to embark on life-changing careers, and the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world.


In NC, we operate three pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities that are responsible for fulfilling different steps in our injectable and oral treatment supply chains.  Our legacy Injectable Finished Products (IFP) facility in Clayton, NC is a 457,000 square foot aseptic "fill and finish" site that is responsible for producing innovative, injectable diabetes and obesity treatments. At IFP, you’ll join a global network of manufacturing professionals who are passionate about what they do.


What we offer you:

  • Leading pay and annual performance bonus for all positions
  • All employees enjoy generous paid time off including 14 paid holidays
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance – effective day one
  • Guaranteed 8% 401K contribution plus individual company match option
  • Family Focused Benefits including 12 weeks paid parental & 6 weeks paid family medical leave
  • Free access to Novo Nordisk-marketed pharmaceutical products
  • Tuition Assistance – reimbursement up to $10,000 annually 
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Employee Referral Awards


At Novo Nordisk, you will find opportunities, resources, and mentorship to help grow and build your career.  Are you ready to realize your potential?  Join Team Novo Nordisk and help us make what matters.

Position Purpose

Complete engineering project activities within safety, quality, environmental, budget & schedule requirements. Complete assigned engineering support, projects & project tasks within cost, quality & schedule requirements.



  • Provide engineering design support for troubleshooting & modifications to existing facility equipment
  • Provide engineering design support for facility/equipment changes & additions
  • Perform engineering design calculations & drawing redlines to complete the design
  • Identify, specify & select applicable equipment
  • Perform all work in accordance with applicable SOPs, cGMPs, corporate standards, state & federal laws/regulations
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose, resolve & document equipment startup problems
  • Coordinate with Project Managers & Engineers in the execution of project activities
  • Lead the execution & management of projects, as assigned
  • Review contract Terms & Conditions & Service Contract Proposal evaluations
  • Support timely closure of change requests, test plans, qualifications & non-conformities
  • Develop & execute projects
  • Create detailed bid packages for projects
  • Responsible for adherence to mechanism for monitoring project progress, intervention & problem solving with other line managers or personnel
  • Responsible for information exchange to external personnel & companies
  • Responsible for communications to internal customers & management
  • Assist with any training required of personnel supporting the project
  • Ensure that installation, troubleshooting, qualification & validation of equipment meets all commitments laid out by the overall project
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in engineering or equivalent work experience in a related technical field
  • Minimum of 5 (five) years of proven engineering design experience, preferably in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility
  • Ability to read/review/modify design drawings with understanding of P&ID, HVAC, Architectural &/or Electrical systems. 
  • Understanding of manufacturing facilities, equipment, & maintenance. 
  • Basic understanding of contractual documents & ability to create work plans & detailed project schedules. 
  • Knowledge of production processes, including hazardous chemicals. 
  • Computer literacy
  • Knowledgeable of one or more Utilities systems to include but not limited to; Electrical, HVAC, Refrigeration, Chilled Water or Glycol systems, Plant Steam, WFI & Clean Steam


Desired Qualifications

  • Understanding of complicated product documentation & standard operating procedures with attention detail
  • Proven expertise in mentoring/development, planning/organizing, managing execution & revising the work plan for complex problems solved by cross functional teams


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment &/or supplies weighing up to 33 pounds within the facility
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands. Ability to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift
  • Constantly positions self to transfer materials within manufacturing environment. Frequently moves about the building to access other personnel & operational areas
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to service equipment. Works atop elevated positions at heights
  • Occasionally works around odorous &/or hazardous materials
  • Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments
  • Occasionally positions self within confined spaces for inspection, repair & maintenance of equipment
  • Ability to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection
  • Ability to travel domestically & internationally, as required
  • Ability to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction
  • Ability to work the hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation
  • Ability to adjust schedule to work with colleagues in other international time zones


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.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


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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