Department LEAN

Category:  Manufacturing

Bagsværd, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Do you have a solid lean background, a natural passion for continuous improvements and systematic problem solving? Do you get motivated by facilitating and leading real change on the shopfloor? Do you thrive in working with people, on all levels of the organisation to translate and transform strategy into action? Then apply now as you might be the Department Lean we are looking for to join our Strategy & Business Development, Sourcing Operations team. The position is primarly based in Hillerød, with some activities in Bagsværd.


The position

As Department Lean responsible you will drive and push the lean agenda in Sourcing Operations (SoOp) to support and improve our business.


Your main responsibilities include:

  • Coach leaders and directors on shopfloor on a dialy basis
  • To drive our LEAN agenda and strategy across the organisation together with the CVP Lean Partner and management group, such as visual management, shopfloor coaching, problem-solving, etc.
  • To teach, facilitate and coach on complex, systematic problem-solving across the organisation. You will be part of central cLEAN academy teaching on cLEAN 1 and 2-star education.


In this position you will be part of developing the initial LEAN strategy for SoOp together with two other Department Leans and our CVP Lean partner. We have recently been centralized into one team and it is therefore important that you are ready to help design and build the framework for the LEAN journey of Sourcing Operations.



To be considered for this position, you preferably have:

  • at least a bachelor’s degree within Engineering, Supply Chain Management or any other relevant field
  • a proven record of coaching and/or teaching people.
  • strong communication skills.
  • knowledge of lean through education or previous experience working with lean.
  • have experience from working in a production-like environment or in a supply chain organisation, within a regulated environment (e.g. pharmaceutical, food or aviation industry). 
  • be fluent in English, both spoken and written, and you can understand Danish at a conversational level.


It would be considered as an advantage if you have hands-on leadership coaching experience.


As a person, you have excellent communication, facilitation, and visualisation skills. You are passionate about LEAN and you thrive in environment where you would have to drive the LEAN mindset at different levels: from shopfloor to senior leadership.


About the department

The Strategy & Business Development (SBD) department is a unit within Sourcing Operations (SoOp), where SoOp is responsible for the inbound supply chain of direct spend materials in Novo Nordisk.


SBD is primarily responsible for driving and executing on SoOp key strategic projects, facilitating implementation of our business plan including a cultural transformation, with digitalisation and business intelligence as core principles. Our primary focus is to remain forward-looking, be the frontrunners for a new way of working and showcase strong adaptability.


We are passionate about delivering value to the organisation and take pride in being a highly skilled and dedicated organisation truly motivated by making a difference to the business. We are right now on a journey applying agile ways of working, and we are embracing new ideas of how to do this.


 Working at Novo Nordisk

We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energise us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.


For further information, please contact Jacob Hegner Larsen at or +45 30777043.


Please apply before 21st of August 2022. Please note that applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be scheduled on an ongoing basis.


You do not need to attach a cover letter to your application, but please include a few lines about your motivation in your resume or CV. To ensure an efficient and fair recruitment process, please refrain from adding a photo in your CV.

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.