(Sr.) Scientific Product Owner

Category:  Project Management & Agile

Beijing, Beijing, CN


Novo Nordisk Research Center China (NNRCC)

Location: Changping District, Beijing


Scientific Product Owner for Lab Informatics

Are you passionate about accelerating data-driven research through scientific digital solutions? Do you have a strong background in life sciences and experience in managing a wide variety of lab informatic tools? We are looking for a Scientific Product Owner for lab informatics to join our Software Products Department in Novo Nordisk. If you are ready to make a difference in the pharmaceutical industry and drive innovation in data-driven research, read on and apply today!

The position
You'll be part of the Software Products Department in Data Management and Informatics at Digital Science & Innovation (DSI), providing digital solutions for Novo Nordisk R&ED researchers, driving data-driven decisions and accelerating breakthroughs in medicine.
The Scientific Product Owner will support R&ED (research & early development) scientists at our research site in Beijing with lab informatics solutions by either introducing / leveraging global research informatics tools that are configured for local needs or by creating and maintaining targeted digital applications. In this role, you will be creating and continuously refining a sound vision and roadmap for the lab informatics needs of our Beijing research site. Via a ‘leading-by-example approach’ you will guide an interdisciplinary product team, consisting of colleagues from DSI and our global IT organization, and ensure the successful realization of that vision. You will be expected to align with a diverse set of stakeholders across R&ED, other product owners, and to coordinate the delivery of digital solutions within an agile solution delivery model and build-up and nurture strong relationships across the R&ED organization.


As a Scientific Product Owner, you will have the opportunity to:
•    be a key contributor to our strategic initiative to create a global research informatics and data management landscape for R&ED scientists to improve the effectiveness of data-driven decision making following the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) principles.
•    work in close collaboration with R&ED scientists focussing on target discovery at our Beijing site and support them to reach their research goals with existing and future digital solutions.

•    improve the effectiveness R&ED scientists at our Beijing site by either introducing / leveraging global research informatics tools (e.g., ELNs, entity registration, lab data automation & workflow solutions, experiment result data management, data visualisation and insights generation) that are configured for local needs or by creating and maintaining targeted digital applications.
•    take on the liaison role with other product owners  / product teams who own the various global research IT solutions to appropriately prioritize the needs of R&ED scientist in Beijing in their respective product roadmaps and ensure the transition into a coherent value-delivering digital solution landscape.
•    contribute with your technical and scientific expertise to develop, configure, scout for, maintain & support intuitive, value-delivering digital solutions.

•    ensure excellent team dynamics within the product team you are leading and the continuous delivery of value for R&ED scientists.
•    establish and nurture effective partnerships with research IT specialists, IT and data experts, external consultants, and digital solution vendors to ensure strategic alignment, high engagement, and the effective prioritization of resources.


To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

•    PhD or equivalent in Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, or related fields . Alternatively, a BSc/MSc and 10+ years of experience in life sciences, medical device or the pharmaceutical industry.
•    You have knowledge of the pharmaceutical research IT domain and broad expertise ranging from research data management to scientific digital solutions, including the ability to perform hands on technical work.
•    You are solution-oriented, a quick learner, and open to explore and learn new digital tools & technologies.

•    You have relevant technical knowledge to configure / administer / maintain (vendor or home-built) digital solutions.
•    You have solid knowledge in a scripting language, e.g., Python, R, or similar to be able to transform / analyse various scientific data.
•    You have relevant knowledge of scientific software development, data engineering, and DevOps in an agile environment.

•    You are able to negotiate complex expectations with a structured approach.
•    You have been leading cross-functional scientific software development teams in a high-paced, dynamic environment.
•    You have demonstrated the ability to generate valuable and relevant ideas, create concepts and solutions based on prioritized requests and existing digital solutions.

•    You thrive amidst ambiguity and discern the unexpressed problems and underlying requirements for digital solutions in a complex global research organization.


About us
Software Products Department is a part of Data Management and Informatics of Digital Science & Innovation (DSI). Within the Software Products Department, the Product Support & Training team consists of digital experts with deep knowledge of our digital landscape (from entity registration systems and sample inventories, to electronic lab notebooks and further data capturing & management systems) and diverse competencies and experiences. The team members are essential to constantly improve and mature software solutions and ensure their seamless operation to accelerate digitalization across R&ED. While working in different product teams, focused on delivery, the Product Support & Training team brings together individuals with similar competencies and capabilities, allowing for optimal talent development.


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.


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