Medical Affairs - Scientific Director - CV - Central

Facility:  Medical Affairs

Chicago, IL, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                               

The Clinical, Medical and Regulatory (CMR) department at Novo Nordisk is one of the most diverse and collaborative groups within the organization. From health-care-provider interactions and developing and implementing regulatory strategies with the FDA to providing medical education and collecting data to support efficacy and new product development, CMR is involved. The one thing that keeps us all marching to the same beat is our patient-centered focus. At Novo Nordisk, you will help patients around the world. As their needs evolve, so does our challenge to find better and more innovative ways to improve their quality of life. We’re changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

The Scientific Director (SD) functions as a subject matter expert to ensure credibility and competency of the medical team and supports strategic projects aligned to the Therapy Area (TA) priorities. The SD works closely with the TA Leadership Team and Medical Director team to identify and execute key projects in a timely fashion. In addition, the SD serves as a key member of the Clinical Trial Strategy Team, provides additional analytic support to the field team, and assists the Program Development and Training function for the TA. SD will engage in direct customer facing activity as needed in support of TA priorities and business needs.



This position may report into the Field Director, Medical Affairs (or in smaller TA’s directly into the TA head). They will coordinate with other TA functions including Medical Directors, Alignment Director, Program Development Director and the Medical Liaison field team both within TA and across other TAs. This position will also coordinate with key functions across CMR (eg NACO), Public and Government Affairs and commercial. Participate in direct customer engagement activites when needed.


Essential Functions

  • Identify and anticipate potential trends, changes to market conditions and areas of opportunity aligned with Therapeutic Area priorities
  • Utilizes subject matter expertise and analytical tools to provide deeper customer knowledge and knowledge of the region to enhance territory management of field teams
  • Lead project teams to manage and support various projects such as digital health, academic training programs, and Professional Associations/Public Affairs/Policy initiatives
  • Work with Program Development and Training to support the overall strategies and plans for scientific resources, communications, and training initiatives for the medical affairs team
  • Serve on Clinical Trial Strategy Team to identify investigators/sites and risks to trial planning and execution, including liaising with NACO to optimize medical support. Support MLs with ISS development, such as providing independent reviewer support when needed
  • Analysis and translation of insights and Competitive Intelligence to inform strategy, develop initiatives and guide plans and priorities
  • Identify, evaluate, and assess new stakeholder groups to determine potential future opportunities
  • Support of other prioritized projects with cross functional teams including marketing, commercial, strategy and innovation, etc.
  • Deliver Executive Exchange Education programs aligned with TA needs and priorities, may include Market Access accounts and/or other prioritized stakeholders
  • Assist with advisory boards including Regional, National and/or asynchronous virtual advisory boards and as requested, support presentations of medical data at commercial focus groups
  • Provide feedback and mentoring (aligned with Field and Program Directors) to new hires during on-boarding and provide on-going support, as determined by Field Director
  • Ensure personal compliance with all internal/external SOPs/rules and regulations regarding NNI products, customer interaction, and relationships
  • Support a culture of patient focus, inclusiveness, respect, curiosity, entrepreneurism and be a role model of the Novo Nordisk way
  • Provide ML support for local round tables and other initiatives as requested
  • Additional Commercial Support as Requested:  Delivery of education programs targeted towards HCPs & group practices in collaboration with commercial (i.e., ACLs, RBDs), Support Speakers’ Bureau, including presentations at Speaker Training and Curriculum Development meetings as requested


Physical Requirements

35 - 50% overnight travel required.  Position is Field Based in the territy of Central (N/S Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Kentucky).  Ideal candidate would sit in or near Chicago.   Driver must maintain a valid driver's license.  Must be in good standing by not exceeding the Novo Nordisk points threshold assigned based on review of Motor Vehicle Records.



  • Doctorate degree in health sciences (PhD, PharmD, etc) required; MD/DO degree preferred
  • Board Certified/Licensed Clinician in appropriate specialty (CVR) preferred
  • At least 5 years in clinical practice and/or relevant industry expereince required
  • Extensive Disease state knowledge in respective area may be required for Therapeutic Area
  • Previous experience working in a matrix pharmaceutical organization preferred
  • Strong Presentation Skills required, Prior experience in a teaching/training role preferred
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship building and communication skills
  • Demonstrated success of strategic project ideation and execution on local, regional, and national level with measurable outcomes required, global project success desired
"The base compensation range for this position is $235,000 to $280,000. Base compensation is determined based on a number of factors. This position is also eligible for a company bonus based on individual and company performance.  
Novo Nordisk offers long-term incentive compensation and or company vehicles depending on the position's level or other company factors.  
Employees are also eligible to participate in Company employee benefit programs including medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; disability insurance; 401(k) savings plan; flexible spending accounts; employee assistance program; tuition reimbursement program; and voluntary benefits such as group legal, critical illness, identity theft protection, pet insurance and auto/home insurance. The Company also offers time off pursuant to its sick time policy, flex-able vacation policy, and parental leave policy. "

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.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


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