Leaders to Associate Manager Pipeline

Category:  Human Resource Management

Bagsværd, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Calling all committed leaders – are you ready to take the next step and pursue a lifechanging career at Novo Nordisk? Maybe you have a strong leadership background, or you might be at the start of your leadership career – we have opportunities at all levels making it possible to challenge you and put your skills into play. Are you able to grasp complex processes, systems and problems and do you have the skills to motivate, develop and set a clear direction for your team? Do you feel inspired by an ambitious strategy using tools like LEAN, digitalization and agile project execution? If yes, then we look forward to welcoming you and give you the opportunities you are looking for!  


At Novo Nordisk we share a passion for changing patient’s lives, and we are always looking for talented individuals who want to join us in this effort. We are currently looking for leaders who want to join our Associate Manager Pipeline to take up positions as first line managers across our Production and Development areas in Denmark.  


Joining the Associate Manager Pipeline  

If you want to be considered for current and future Associate Manager roles, please join this pipeline by applying here. By joining the pipeline, you will automatically be considered as a potential match for every Associate Manager role across Production and Development in Denmark. We will be reviewing the applications continuously and if there is a match, we will reach out and invite you for a 1st interview. We will keep your application for six months ensuring the best opportunities to provide a solid match for open positions.  


The positions 

Due to expansion of our activities in all business areas and sites, we are currently looking for Associate Managers for many different teams across Novo Nordisk. All roles require excellent people management skills, ability to set direction and motivate your team. You role model our behavioural goals and drive continuous improvements. Furthermore, all Associate Managers are expected to demonstrate inclusive leadership by valuing and listening actively to diverse perspectives. It is a common aspiration for all leaders to keep a strategic overview ensuring collaboration across business functions. Additionally, we are obliged to be a sustainable employer ensuring the wellbeing and development of our employees while optimizing and preparing our processes for the future. 


Though there are a lot of similarities in the Associate Manager roles, there are also differences. The span of control varies and likewise the employees' backgrounds and experience level also differ. At the moment we are looking for leaders who would like to head up various kinds of teams. Some examples of teams are provided below, but the opportunities are not limited to these. We encourage you to apply to the pipeline if you are looking for the next exciting step in your leadership career within the Production and/or Development in Novo Nordisk.  


  • As an Associate Manager for a Production team, you will be heading up a team of operators, skilled workers, technicians and/or craftsmen. You will be responsible for delivering a stable production according to the schedule, while having an eye for optimising the workflow. Most operators and skilled workers are working in shifts and as a manager you will be expected to be on the shop floor with your employees. 
  • As an Associate Manager for a Production Support team, you will head up a team of highly committed process supporters with diverse technical and academic backgrounds. Your responsibility will be to ensure excellent support to our operation. This support can take many forms but mostly involves technical, automation and process support during batch execution, follow up on recent issues and trends, driving systematic problem solving and executing small to medium-sized improvement projects.  
  • As an Associate Manager for an IT, Automation and Robotics team you will be responsible for various tasks related to ongoing projects, optimization of our production, compliance, and strategic initiatives. Some of the tasks may also include implementing new products, equipment, and processes. By utilizing the capabilities and skills in your team, you will ensure that Novo Nordisk reaps the benefits of modern tech and stays at the forefront of manufacturing technology. 
  • As an Associate Manager for a Quality Assurance or Quality Control team you will be heading up a team of highly skilled professionals and QA/QC specialists. Our QA teams are responsible for a wide range of quality assurance activities, ranging from handling deviations, change requests and validation to quality support and optimization projects. While our QC teams perform various chemical, microbiological, and biochemical analyses from our productions. As an Associate Manager for QA or QC you will drive our mission to safeguard patients, product quality and to ensure compliance with external requirements. 


There are many other opportunities heading up for instance supply chain teams, project teams, risk management teams and even more. In conclusion, depending on your previous experience and interests, we can make a match to the Associate Manager position that is the best fit.  



You have management experience from similar roles, where you have shown excellent results. Ideally you have a degree within Natural Science, Engineering, or you have a technical background. You are fluent in oral and written English and/or Danish and preferably you have experience within Pharma or related fields.  


It is considered an advantage to have:   

  • A broad and well-proven leadership toolbox 
  • Lean experience
  • GMP knowledge  
  • Experience with digitalization and automation  


We are looking for persons who have demonstrated great leadership skills, great team-player mindset and a can-do attitude. Your communication skills allow you to build trustful relations with ease across geographical, professional and cultural distances and ensure clear goal-, role- and task understanding in your everyday practise. 


Check list when applying 

  • It is crucial that you answer the questions provided when you apply, because we use this information to match your profile with open positions  
  • When applying, it is important that you “unlock” your profile. When “unlocked” it will state: “Profile visibility: Novo Nordisk Recruiter Worldwide” 


Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, your skills, dedication, and ambition help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent and benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development.



If you have any questions please reach out to associatemanagers@novonordisk.com



15th of February. 

Applications will be screened on an ongoing basis, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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.