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Senior Manager - Finance & Operations Strategic Implementation

Novo Nordisk
Plainsboro, NJ
Start date
Feb 16, 2024

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About the Department 

The Finance and Operations dept. brings insights and intelligence to inform decision making & drives digitalization and business solutions to attain NNI goals. Finance and Operations works closely 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. Our focus on innovation ensures we're constantly building future capabilities. We're responsible for regulating accounting, upholding workplace safety, managing our supply chain and sampling, supporting technological and data innovation, insights and analytics, delivering patient support solutions, maintaining our facilities and assuring 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 opportunities for continuous learning and personal development. Are you ready to maximize your potential with us?


The Position

This role is the dedicated strategic implementation business partner to the executive area Finance & Operations (F&O). The right person will need to build a strong relationship with key stakeholders across F&O, Novo Nordisk Inc. (NNI) and the global organization. At any time, they will lead one or more high complexity projects within F&O. It is paramount to be able to remain nimble while driving key projects successfully, and providing the support needed to ensure F&O meets their strategic objectives.



Reports to the head of NAO CFO Executive Office.


Key stakeholders include: SVP, Finance & Operations, Finance & Operations Executive Support network, Finance & Operations Leadership Team.


Essential Functions

  • Organizational:
  • Ability to successfully navigate and build relationships with senior level stakeholders
  • Be a trusted advisor to the F&O SVP and F&O Leadership Team
  • Represent NNI and exemplify the Novo Nordisk Way and F&O brand in ways of working, within F&O and cross-functionally
  • Department tasks:
  • Part of NAO CFO Executive Office, with responsibility forcollaboration within team to identify cross-project synergies
  • Supports the execution  of Finance and Operations strategy/business plan development and implementation key business initiatives/strategic priorities
  • Assesses project opportunities and manages project pipeline
  • Participates in and drives project meetings, within F&O and cross-functionally
  • Drives and contributes to department meetings and other internal Novo Nordisk wide activities
    • Projects:
    • Owns the relationship with F&O and proactively helps identify, scope, and drive key projects
    • Ability to independently lead one or more projects at a time
    • Assumes full project delivery responsibility for large-scale F&O projects with high complexity
    • Takes full project ownership and successfully manages complex projects in terms of time and issue handling even when the project does not run as originally intended
    • Becomes a trusted advisor to senior management (SVPs/VPs) by identifying the root cause of the issue and providing actionable recommendations to solve them
    • Independently prepares project plans with clear milestones, delegates responsibilities and meets commitments
    • Drives discussions around a strong problem-solving logic to ensure that the project can be solved most effectively
    • Prepares storyline using conscious application of structured communication approaches ( vs. bottom-up)
    • Ensures that the team always produces well-structured and well-argued end-products with clear and precise messages
    • Galvanizes project teams by coaching junior members and motivating various types of team members
    • Structured top-down written and oral communication
    • Proactively leverages F&O Project Sponsors (FO LT)  and project Steering Group for testing ideas and direction setting
    • Independently drives change management strategies to support the successful adoption of solutions with key stakeholders
  • Other areas of responsibility:
  • Provides upwards feedback and takes responsibility for own development e.g. by responding constructively to feedback
  • Challenges colleagues in a constructive way at the right time to achieve results, demonstrate drive, initiative, and a can-do attitude (both internally and in project settings)

    Physical Requirements

    Up to 10% overnight travel required.



    • Bachelor's degree required, Master’s and/or advanced degree (preferably an MBA) can be substituted for up to 2 years of work experience when deemed appropriate.
      • Minimum 6 years of relevant experience is required, and pharmaceutical industry experience is strongly preferred.
    • Proven understanding of general business processes (marketing, access, manufacturing, supply chain, etc.).
      • 2 years of internal/external strategic implementation experience.
    • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills with structured top-down written and oral communication.
    • Assertive and inspirational presentation skills with expert analytical visualization skills.
    • Expertise in using PC tools such as PowerPoint and Excel is required.
    • Strong communication skills in English (written and oral).
    • Adaptable and able to work effectively under tight deadlines, ambiguity, and changing circumstances.


    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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