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Manager, Operational Readiness

Novo Nordisk
Clayton, NC
Start date
Dec 1, 2023

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About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For more than 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

Manage various critical operational readiness by building & leading the operations teams, leading SOP & job instruction creation, operations ramp up strategy & execution, lead tactical & long-term production processes & strategic initiatives to drive production readiness & ramp-up. Contribute to a positive, constructive & ambitious work environment in department leadership team as well as in own area of responsibility.



  • Manage operational aspects of the Project to include cost, quality & schedule requirements in area of responsibility
  • Develop & lead an operations team including operators, specialists, & support personnel to support all new processes
  • Work with local & global organization to develop an effective production ramp up strategy & lead the local team during execution
  • Develop the strategy with the expansion management team & line of business to ensure successful project execution
  • Interface between the program & the line of business operations team ensuring alignment in preparation of production launch
  • Develop employees by providing resources, career development, coaching & feedback
  • Drive a safe workplace culture, ensuring safety & environmental requirements are met
  • Ensure robust processes are in place to exceed all quality objectives, specifications & requirements
  • Drive project performance to meet business & stakeholder needs
  • Lead strategic activities to drive operational performance & process/technical improvements ensuring standardization across shift teams
  • Elimination of issues & build simplicity into the processes
  • Set direction by developing transparent process objectives based on site goals
  • Drive process performance to meet business & customer needs
  • Drive operational standardization & collaboration across shift teams & departments
  • Provide strategic resource planning to operating the process in a cLEAN® way
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Engineering/Economics/Business Administration or equivalent combination of education & work experience
  • Minimum seven (7) years in lean production manufacturing
  • Minimum five (5) years of proven leadership experience in Manufacturing, Engineering &/or Production
  • Advanced Project Management competencies obtained through relevant PM training or experience
  • Understanding of complicated product documentation & standard operating procedures with attention to high-level concepts
  • Demonstrates functional/business understanding as well as superior written & oral communication skills
  • Proficient in problem solving, negotiation, conflict management & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to act as project lead & lead cross functional project teams in the development & implementation of projects
  • Ability to influence others on objectives & projects outcomes
  • Basic understanding of contractual documents
  • Ability to read/review design drawings (CAD) with a basic understanding of P&ID’s
  • Thorough understanding of technical documents such as URS, SAT, FAT & Validation Protocols


Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledgeable in core work processes & GMP concepts
  • Extensive knowledge of project management including the ability to create work plans & detailed project schedules
  • Proven expertise in mentoring & development of people leaders, change management, planning & organizing, managing execution, & revising work plans for complex issues addressed by cross-functional teams


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment &/or supplies weighing up to 33 pounds within the facility using various body positions
  • Wear necessary personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, hard hat, etc.
  • Constantly operates a computer & other office equipment using hands
  • 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
  • Ability to climb steps & safely traverse construction environment
  • Ability to travel domestically & internationally, as 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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