Animal Facility Manager

Category:  Research

Beijing, Beijing, CN



The position holder is expected to be a highly independent department manager in leading and managing Animal Facility and a highly independent veterinarian.

The department consists of a dog team and a rodent team (2 team leaders and 19 animal caretakers), and a veterinarian to support both teams. The department is a highly motivated and productive team with high standards for animal care and use as well as supports to the projects. We work in a state-of-the-art facility and value a high team spirit, good communication and dynamic collaborations.


Key areas of responsibility:

  • Department and people management
  • Leadership and management of the department guided by the NNWay
  • Department operation in compliance with all internal and external requirements
  • Department OH&S
  • Professional use of and communication with external vendors and service providers
  • Animal Facility
  • Leadership and management of the Animal Facility according to the Novo Nordisk global standards for animal care and welfare
  • Secure state-of-the-art animal facility
  • Contribute to the continuous development and integration of the global laboratory animal science (LAS) area
  • Contribute to the development of dog pharmacology platform into an NN Centre of Excellence within dog pharmacology
  • Ensure project support, quality, efficiency, and collaboration



  • Education
  • M.Sc. and PhD within relevant scientific area (veterinarian, LAS, pharmacology, or medicine)
  • Holder of certificate for working with laboratory animals in Beijing or equivalent training in Laboratory Animal Science
  • Experiences:
  • 5+ years relevant postdoc research experience of which 4+ years are within pharmaceutical R&D
  • 3+ years managerial experience (as manager, team leader or project manager/coordinator with team management responsibility)
  • Recognized as expert within veterinarian and/or laboratory animal science
  • Documented track record of R&D project impact, scientific achievement (e.g. scientific papers), and innovation (patents)
  • Experience with communication of science and results and mentoring
  • Experience with establishing cross-functional network
  • Experience with establishing external collaboration
  • Personal skills:
  • High level of integrity, compliance and quality mind-set
  • Strong people management skills
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills
  • Positive nature with pragmatic attitude and embracement on cultural differences
  • Be persistent and able to drive change
  • Positive and motivated, good team-player, highly flexible and have a “can-do” approach
  • Fluent in oral and written English
  • Functional in oral and written Chinese-mandarin

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