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Therapeutic Area Operations Lead

Novo Nordisk
Plainsboro, NJ
Start date
May 15, 2024

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Manufacturing & Production, Operations
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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About the Department 

Our Commercial Strategy and Marketing group creates and delivers human-centered experiences, where innovation meets customer-centricity, driving the ultimate experience for our patients. Our focus extends beyond transactions to craft experiences as one fully integrated, aligned and connected organization that puts empathy at the center, powered by insight and foresight.


We develop an end-to-end approach to strategy, focusing on every touchpoint that impacts our customers. We leverage data and insights to inform our decision-making processes, ensuring that our strategies are rooted in a deep understanding of customer needs and behaviors. Our 'test and learn’ mindset and approach enables us to iterate rapidly and refine our strategies based on real-world results.


We are building an intentional team culture that is made up of diverse skillsets, united by the shared belief that reinvention and learning is what fuels continuous growth. Do you get excited about exploring the unknown? Does the idea of driving value through human-centered design pull you in? Are you ready to experiment with us? ​


The Position

The therapeutic area Operations Lead is responsible for supporting the therapeutic area One Impact Planning process, ensuring strategic alignment and consistent therapy area vision / messaging between marketing, medical, and market access. This role will also oversee and manage all therapeutic area-specific business operations processes to ensure effective planning and execution – ultimately playing a key role to drive success for the business.



Reports to the US Integrated TA Strategy Lead. Collaborates closely with cross-functional teams, including sales, marketing, medical affairs, market access and policy/advocacy (MAPA), regulatory affairs, and other relevant NNI departments to ensure alignment of therapy area objectives, strategies, and marketing promotion. Act as a liaison between marketing, medical affairs, and market access. This role will have direct reports supporting TA operations functions (e.g. agile coach).


Essential Functions

  • US therapeutic area Strategy and Alignment: Drives the development of a One Impact Planning strategy to optimize the therapeutic area product portfolio, aligning with the overarching corporate goals and market dynamics. Ensure strategic alignment across functional areas to have one cohesive therapy area voice in how we engage customers. Leverage analytics and market research to inform strategy and opportunities for growth
  • Business Operations Management: Develop and implement efficient business processes to support therapeutic area therapy area objectives. Oversee day to day operations of the therapy area, including P&L budget management, resource allocation, and performance tracking. Collaborate with cross functional teams to streamline workflows, optimize resource allocation, and drive continuous improvement initiatives along with various therapy area communications/global/NNI decisions/support
  • Risk Identification and Mitigation: Identify potential risks and develop contingency plans to mitigate any issues that may impact therapeutic area business operations processes
  • Resource Optimization: Lead the formulation and oversight of the therapeutic area budget, optimizing resource allocation for development and commercialization activities
  • Performance Tracking and Monitoring: Develop KPIs and metrics to track business operations processes and strategic initiatives that execute against strategic objectives. Prepare regular reports to communicate performance trends, insights, and recommendations
  • Analytic-Driven Optimization: Utilize data analytics to provide data-driven insights, monitor and evaluate the performance of therapeutic area operations, and report to the executive team for strategic decision-making on operational optimizations to ensure financial sustainability and growth
  • People Development and Coaching: Responsible for setting and communicating clear individualized role expectations for each report based on position, skills, talents, and objectives. Ensure that reporting personnel have strengths-based individual development plans (IDP), with annual goals and measurements that are consistent with the priorities of the business. Provide regular coaching of reports that prioritizes appropriate challenging, development, feedback, regular recognition, and support

    Physical Requirements

    Approximately 15-20% overnight travel.



  • Requires a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred Requires a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
  • 12+ years of experience, including demonstrated history within commercial operations required. Experience with local and global operations preferred
  • Strong knowledge of the pharmaceutical / life sciences industry including medical, regulatory, and clinical processes
  • In depth understanding of disease landscape, treatment modalities and market dynamics within therapeutic area preferred
  • Experience leading brand strategy development through expert understanding of market and industry
  • Strong strategic thinking and analytical skills, with the ability to translate insights into strategy
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, with ability to influence senior leaders and collaborate with cross-functional teams across the organization
  • Embodies leadership behaviors, including authenticity, servant leadership, will, empathy, decisiveness, a growth mindset, and driving focus and simplicity
  • Strong leadership and team management skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate others
  • Ability to manage complexity, including leadership of work across competing priorities

    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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