Associate Project Manager

Facility:  Manufacturing

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. Being part of Novo Nordisk allows our employees to embark on life-changing careers, and the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world.


In Clayton, NC, we now operate two adjacent pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities that are responsible for fulfilling different steps in our injectable and oral treatment supply chains. 

Our Clayton, NC Injectable Finished Products (IFP) facility is a 457,000 square foot aseptic "fill and finish" site that is responsible for producing innovative, injectable diabetes and obesity treatments. When you work at IFP, you’ll join a global network of manufacturing professionals focused on several key, final production processes, including sterile formulation, filling, inspection, device assembly and packaging.


At IFP, our employees are passionate about what they do, knowing their work makes a difference to millions of people who rely on our products every day. After all, producing medicines is a special responsibility.


Join Team Novo Nordisk and help us make what matters.


Position Purpose

Manage low complexity projects & support, under another PM more complex projects & ensure they execute within budget, schedule, & scope. Manage multiple projects simultaneously.  Ensure projects are executed & staffed according to project plans.



  • Lead multi-disciplined project teams to complete projects on-time, on-budget, meeting all requirements (quality, cost, schedule, scope)
  • Execute projects & manage all aspects including develop project goals & business objectives; finalize scope & budget; create project plans; including negotiating staffing with LOB; monitor & control project work; manage project data; report performance & seek approvals from steering group; manage project procurement, delivery/installation, commissioning, qualification, change control, & team; close & evaluate project
  • Ensure all facets of the program lifecycle align with expectations set forth by the STG &/or project owner
  • Consider project staffing plans (internal & external) needed to support projects. Assemble the project team. For external staff, manage tasks & time closely
  • Responsible for monitoring & reporting project progress
  • Support building, managing & improving Project Portfolio Management systems
  • Provide project cash flow projections to support Budget Cycles (AB, RE, LE)
  • Responsible for financial project accountability through purchase order creation, management, invoicing & budget forecasting
  • Ensure alignment with global programs & other site projects to actively share best practice, knowledge, & visions
  • Assist with any training required of personnel supporting the project
  • Follow all safety & environmental requirements in the performance of duties
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Engineering/Economics/Business Administration/Other Technical/Science, or equivalent combination of education & experience
  • Functions well in team environment


Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of one (1) year of experience in pharmaceutical or biotechnology environment
  • Advanced Project Management competencies obtained through relevant Project Management training or experience
  • Excellent technical writing & oral communication skills; presentation & facilitation skills; & negotiation & conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work in both technical & non-technical areas
  • Ability to use creativity to resolve problems that arise during project execution
  • Knowledge of Lean principles & how they apply in a manufacturing environment
  • Understanding of product documentation & standard operating procedures
  • Ability to create & manage work plans & detailed project schedules
  • Strong analytical/reasoning, organizational & multi-tasking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with key stakeholders in a cross-cultural environment & demonstrates superior written & oral communication skills
  • Develops & maintains strong internal & external relationships
  • Proficient in basic computer skills including experience with Microsoft Office
  • Initiative & ability to function independently
  • Good judgment in decision making as well as very good leadership skills


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Ability to work hours necessary to support production & /or project implementation windows
  • Ability to move throughout facility in the performance of duties in proximity of process equipment & areas
  • Ability to travel internationally, up to 10% of the time
  • Ability to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction
  • Ability to work the hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation
  • Ability to adjust schedule to work with colleagues in other international time zones
  • Occasionally moves equipment &/or supplies weighing up to 33 pounds within the facility using various body positions
  • Constantly operates a computer & other office equipment using hands


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.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.