Sustainability Team Leader

Category:  Corporate Affairs

Chiyoda, Tokyo, JP


Are you passionate about driving sustainability initiatives and making a positive impact on the environment and society? Are you ready to lead a team and strategically position our company as a leader in addressing social challenges? Join us as the Leader of the Sustainability Team at Novo Nordisk and be part of our mission to create a brighter, more sustainable future for all stakeholders. Apply today!

About the department
Novo Nordisk's sustainable business approach places our Purpose - "Driving Change and Conquering Diabetes and Other Serious Chronic Diseases" and the responsibility we bear to the millions of patients to whom we deliver our products every day. By conducting our business activities guided by this Purpose, we aim to create value for all of our stakeholders and be a sustainable company.
We address diseases from all angles by providing comprehensive care, including awareness-raising and more. Our products contribute to the entire spectrum of activities aimed at combating serious chronic diseases. Similarly, the sustainability activities provided by this team reflect this approach, signifying a strong connection to our business plans.
You will be required to meet a high level of sustainability expectations, which is a significant aspect of Novo Nordisk's business. Additionally, you will be expected to lead the team in developing new activities.


The position
As the leader of the Sustainability team within Public Affairs & Sustainability (PAS), you will be entrusted with the critical responsibility of ensuring that sustainability strategy becomes deeply ingrained in Novo Nordisk (NN) Japan's business operations. With a strategic approach, spearhead NN Japan's sustainability projects, strategically positioning our company as a pivotal partner in addressing environmental and social challenges. By orchestrating our efforts, we aim to not only meet but exceed sustainability goals, solidifying NN Japan's commitment to a brighter, more sustainable future for all stakeholders. 
Other role tasks are as follows:

  • Lead NN Japan 's Sustainability team, creating strategic plans aligned with corporate goals and ensuring effective implementation by creating mid-term and annual overall strategic plans for NN Japan’s Sustainability activities, working with the head of the PAS team and senior management to ensure that this meets corporate expectations and business needs, and managing the two other members of the Sustainability team to ensure effective implementation of the strategic plan in the areas such as environment and prevention as well as navigate them to develop their leadership and competency to be strategic.
  • Embed sustainability strategy within NN Japan's business by engaging with executive management, promoting cross-functional collaboration, and fostering internal communication. Engage with the NN Japan Executive Management Team members to ensure the Sustainability team’s strategy is well embedded in NN Japan business strategy and NN Japan sustainability projects meet their ambition level.
  • Promote NN Japan sustainability activities internally through cross functional collaboration and internal communication.
  • Collaborate with Public Affairs to address policy issues and ensure recognition from political stakeholders for sustainability initiatives.
  • Supervise initiatives like the Chiba Obesity Partnership and Cities Changing Diabetes projects, focusing on creativity, ambition, and impact.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Proficiency in strategy planning is mandatory.
  • Excellent written and spoken Japanese skills; proficient in written and verbal English skills are both required.
  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry and corporate environmental/CSR activities preferred.
  • People management skills are preferred.


Working at Novo Nordisk
We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energize us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.
Please send your CV online (click on Apply and follow the instructions).

Until the completion of recruitment.
Applications will be screened on an ongoing basis, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


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.