Vice President for GCM Drug Substance Projects

Category:  Procurement

Bagsværd, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Drug Substance production has no mysteries to you? Are you a recognized leader looking to bring your expertise to help millions of people living with chronic diseases around the world? Do you want to drive and ensure the success of projects from a new product implementation up to and supporting the delivery of products to many patients? Then look no further! Apply today and join our Global Contract Manufacturing for Drug Substance (GCM DS) Team as Vice President of GCM DS Projects!

The position
As Vice President of GCM DS Projects, you will lead a team of around 10-15 people focusing on our project portfolio of Drug Substance projects at CMOs around the world. In GCM DS we have the responsibility for the production, the facility including all equipment and the Quality Management System (QMS) at the Contract Manufacturing Organisation (CMO).

In this position, you will:

  • Be responsible for managing and developing the area to support a growing pipeline of projects within Drug Substance
  • Ensure good collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Ensure our projects are delivered on time meeting the critical milestones together with other colleagues in both GCM DS, Novo Nordisk and at our CMOs
  • Join a fantastic team of dedicated colleagues in the leadership team, who all are working dedicated to bringing external capabilities to life


You will become the leader of a well-functioning team where we work and solve problems in collaboration. Several of the CMOs we currently work with are in project phase and we expect several new projects being initiated within the next 12 months.

You will report directly to the CVP of Global Contract Manufacturing for Drug Substance and be part of the leadership team of dedicated experts within the field working and taking part in forming GCM DS’s strategy and organisation. In the leadership team we have an environment where collaboration and room for different opinions are appreciated, as well as having a good time.

As our CMO’s are placed all around the world, you should expect approximately 20-30 days of travel per year.



To be considered for this position, we expect you to have:

  • At least a master’s degree in pharmaceutical, chemistry, engineering, or any other relevant education
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience working with Drug Substance production or similar within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Experience from working with pharmaceutical projects and knowledge with project models, governance etc.
  • 10 years of leadership experience
  • A fluency in English, both written and spoken


It would be considered as a plus if you have worked with external manufacturing and maybe at a CMO.

As a person, you have a high degree of emotional intelligence, you are a team player, and you excel in bringing people together with different backgrounds. You have focus on your employee’s wellbeing and help ensuring a sustainable work life. You are an excellent mediator, and you thrive in making difficult matters simple and by succeeding together in an agile and exciting workday.


About the department
Global Contract Manufacturing for Drug Substance (GCM DS) is a unit in Novo Nordisk Product Supply organization and is responsible for Novo Nordisk’s operation of global manufacturing of drug substances at contract manufacturers. Our main office is in Søborg, Denmark. The primary role of GCM DS is to establish, monitor, support, and control the production handled by CMOs. We operate in many geographical regions, e.g., USA, Europe and Asia.


Working at Novo Nordisk
At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive it. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. From research and development, through to manufacturing, marketing, and sales – we’re all working to move the needle on patient care.


For further information, please contact Lotte Basse Nielsen, at +45-34488540.


4. December 2023. Please note that applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be scheduled on an ongoing basis.


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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.