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Project Manager - Public Affairs

Novo Nordisk
Clayton, NC
Start date
Apr 10, 2024

Job Details

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
  • 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.


The Position

This position is responsible for managing special projects & key VIP and VVIP stakeholder events to support the US Product Supply Public Affairs & Communications organization. This position works collaboratively with colleagues within PS, NNI, and Global to execute a variety of highly diverse, business-specific tasks, events, and activities related to government affairs, communications, strategic partnerships, community relations, employer branding/reputation, and social impact agendas. This position manages the execution of all strategic partnerships, to include external relationships with consultants and vendors with the ability to manage and influence to ensure business objectives are met. Manage budget, procurement, vendor sourcing, contract management, invoice/check request process, budget and business ethics and legal compliance reporting requirements related to the VIP & VVIP stakeholder events.; Must anticipate and implement administrative planning needs of the team supporting the VIP & VVIP stakeholder events, to include providing detail-oriented planning, organization, judgement, adaptability, and accountability.





Essential Functions

  • Lead and execute complex, major manufacturing investment-related events and community affairs events with VIP and VVIP external stakeholders with whom Novo Nordisk has a vested business interest and who require specific protocols, procedures, and special handling, to include developing project plans and/or other tactics to ensure projects are documented, executed and sustained
  • Partner with internal stakeholders to develop, organize, and track progress of the team’s strategic action plans to advance site specific KPIs to support and protect manufacturing operations, ensuring key milestones are met by others and action plans are sustainable
  • Ensure objectives, outcomes, metrics and timeframes are in place for key projects and identify areas where greater efficiencies or collaboration could enhance results
  • Oversee contract management for all of Public Affairs, facilitating integration of reporting/tracking across contracts, project lists and budgets
  • Implement required government reporting program by tracking and updating the annual government reporting plan as directed
  • Develop and maintain understanding of industry regulations and guidelines (e.g., PhRMA Code, Federal Anti-Kickback guidance, OIG, FDA, Transparency regulations, etc.)
  • Support comprehensive public affairs programs related to the business and related expansion projects
  • Correspond with federal, state and local units of government and stakeholder organizations, to include monitoring and analyzing state and federal legislation and political developments
  • Develop and maintains the Public Affairs’ Grants & Sponsorship SharePoint page, as well as the regular communication tools to inform and educate employees about the activities, achievements, and protocols of the Public Affairs team
  • Establish, evaluate and present recommendations to the Public Affairs Strategic Partnership team regarding  sponsorships, corporate giving activities, and other deliverables, to include executing the recommendations approved by the team
  • Identify, develop and implement best practices focused on driving process improvements for public and government affairs
  • Serve as a public affairs department representative during regular project calls and meetings
  • Follow all safety and environmental requirements in the performance of duties
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned

    Physical Requirements

    Ability to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction. Ability to travel up to 10% of the time (% can change on a case-by-case basis based on the role).



  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Affairs, Policy and/or Administration or a related field of study from an accredited university required
  • Minimum of five (5) years of industry experience required, preferably in the pharmaceutical industry experience
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in event planning or customer service required
  • Proven ability to be a dynamic, self-starter and resourceful problem-solver preferred
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details required
  • Ability to maintain understanding of laws and regulations, enforcement actions and evolving practices relevant to pharmaceutical compliance and proposes updates to compliance program, as appropriate required
  • Proven ability to maintain good interpersonal skills, negotiate approvals diplomatically, and maintain composure and quality under deadline pressure required
  • Proven ability to handle unforeseen changes in a fast-paced working environment required
  • Proven ability to demonstrate business acumen and work across all levels of the business required
  • Proven ability to effectively manage projects and influence individuals, teams, and stakeholders required
  • Ability to work effectively in a cross-functional, collaborative environment with global as well as regional considerations and sometimes political implications preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, & good writing & verbal skills 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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