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Manager - Environmental Health and Safety

Novo Nordisk
Lexington, MA
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

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About the Department                                                                                                                                 

Our Boston Research & Development hub, anchored in the greater Boston area, brings together the best minds in life science innovation. The teams located in facilities in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge reflect the full R&D continuum, from early research through late-stage clinical development. Here, we are building for the future, 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. Our greater Boston R&D hub merges biotech speed and agility with large pharmaceutical company quality, resources,and stability, uniting the best of both worlds to develop new medicines for patients.

The Position

The Manager, EHS will support core research processes by:

  • Providing leadership & support in attaining an environmentally sound working environment for all US Research Sites.
  • Providing leadership & support in attaining a safe working environment.
  • Managing efficient & reliable EHS processes that meet customer & regulatory requirements in a cost-effective manner; and
  • Continuously improving EHS processes with a Zero incident goal.


    This role reports to the Head of US R&D Facilities, and will have collaborative and cross-functional relationships/responsibilities with onsite Facilities and Lab Operations, North America and DK teams.This role may manage a team in the future. Facilities team and lab operations teams, R&ED Safety Partner NNAS, affiliate EHS representatives. External relationships include those with business partners and valued vendors.


    Essential Functions

  • Development of the Environmental Health and Safety program, safety objectives & targets for all US R&ED Sites.
  • Ensure the company meets its compliance obligations under federal, state, and local EHS regulations.
  • Monitor & report site performance within environment & safety.
  • Responsible for site maintaining environmental permits.
  • Serve as primary contact for incident reporting for primary R&ED site
  • Responsible for site emergency response including equipment inspections & site drill coordination.
  • Establish & maintain waste management programs & ensure site compliance relevant government agencies.
  • Identify & reduce EHS risks.
  • Build Circular for Zero program and other sustainability initiatives
  • Ensure corrective actions address root causes to prevent recurrence and proper records/documents are maintained. 
  • Physical Requirements

    • Occasionally moves equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 33 pounds within the facility using various body positions.
    • Constantly operates a computer & other office equipment using hands.
    • Able to travel domestically & internationally, up to 15% of the time.
    • Able to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction.



  • BS/BA in a technical field (e.g., Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or Environmental Sciences, Occupational Health and Safety or related field). Advanced degree preferred.  Advanced degree may be substituted for experience as appropriate.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of safety & environmental health experience.
  • Proven knowledge of state, federal & local safety & environmental regulations.
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills.
  • Good presentation & organizational skills.
  • Proven process improvement & problem-solving skills.
  • Computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office.
  • Able to develop & manage action plans to achieve targets.

    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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