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Director - Diabetes & Obesity Search and Evaluation

Novo Nordisk
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Feb 20, 2024

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About the Department                                                                                                                                             

Search & Evaluation (S&E) serves as the primary entry point for external drug and technology opportunities for Novo Nordisk globally.  S&E proactively scouts the global environment with the aim identifying and evaluating external opportunities with the potential to augment Novo Nordisk’s strong internal R&D pipeline. Working cross-functionally, S&E supports the assessment of such external opportunities all the way to due diligence and contractual negotiation. This role will be part of the Diabetes & Obesity Therapy Area Team.  


The Position

As a Director within the Diabetes & Obesity Search & Evaluation team you will be operating as part of a small team of professionals dedicated to identifying and evaluating the most promising opportunities with potential to augment our pipeline and help Novo Nordisk achieve its strategic aspirations.

Working cross-functionally, you will lead the assessment of such external opportunities all the way to due diligence and contractual negotiation. As such, the role is a driver for change in executing Novo Nordisk's R&D strategy and business development activities on a global scale.
So, if you would like an opportunity to find and ensure evaluation of tomorrow’s breakthrough medicines and support the business development process leading to a potential partnership deal, then apply today as you might be the new Search and Evaluation colleague we are looking for!



The position is part of Diabetes & Obesity team within the global S&E evaluation team and reports to the Head of Diabetes & Obesity Search and Evaluation.

The role is based in Cambridge, MA and will interact cross-functionally with stakeholders from R&D to Commercial while working in close collaboration with Novo Nordisk’s Business Development teams located in Denmark and Cambridge, MA. 

You will also leverage your network, and actively engage with external stakeholders including biotech companies, venture capital firms and large-cap pharma communities.

The role has no direct or indirect reports


Essential Functions

  • Ensuring strategic overview of internal as well as BD pipeline assets and needs
    • Through internal and external network, explore what assets are needed for the therapy area as well as their fit with the existing internal pipeline.
    • Setting direction to S&E efforts within the appointed therapy/technology area.
    • Ensure oversight of the external opportunities and internal pipeline within the designated therapy area
  • Identification of novel pipeline assets and enabling technologies.
    • Ensure balanced participation in partnering events and scientific conferences.
    • Ensure establishment and maintenance of network with potential partners.
    • Scout for and report opportunities through professional networks or literature searches, databases or patent searches within diabetes and obesity
  • Evaluation of novel pipeline assets and enabling technologies.
    • Drive the technical streams of the Business Development process from strategy to target identification as well as initial evaluation and due diligence. This is done in close collaboration with experts and stakeholders across the R&D and commercial value chain.
    • Ensure presentations of select opportunities to relevant stakeholders and governance boards.
    • Ensure due diligence project management to enable decision-making.



Physical Requirements

up to 30% overnight travel may be required.



  • Master’s degree required. MD or PhD degree preferred
  • 12+ years' relevant experience required with a Master’s degree.  10+ years’ relevant experience with a MD or PhD.
  • Relevant experience includes:
  • Building extensive professional network in biotech and VC communities particularly related to metabolic diseases
  • Research and medical training, preferably in the metabolic field
  • Proven project management skills and experience
  • Business development and licensing experience covering aspects of pharmaceutical drug discovery and development preferred.
  • Experience within clinical drug development in relevant therapeutic areas preferred.
  • Outstanding ability to link science and strategy, as well as communication skills of complex issues.
  • Experience managing cross-functional teams, ensuring clear communication and teamwork.
  • Ability to contribute to a process analyzing complex information and data to enable clear and qualified recommendations to senior stakeholders.
  • Skilled in networking, collaboration and effective stakeholder management 

    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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