Emergency Response & Safety Professional

Facility:  Clinical Development and Medical

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we are helping to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. As a result, our employees embark on life-changing careers with opportunities for mobility and growth within a global organization. At Novo Nordisk, you will work with the best manufacturing professionals in the industry.


Our new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) facility houses the Fermentation, Recovery and Purification in the production of ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s innovative oral products. Are you ready to help make what matters? Then, we are ready for you!


Position Purpose

Direct leadership of the site emergency response team, serving as the primary point of contact for all aspects of emergency coordination & management. Additionally, provide leadership to numerous safe work practices with emphasis on those related to emergency response. Serve as a core member of the EHS team. Provide guidance & coaching to other EHS team members & site leadership.



  • Lead the site emergency response team
  • Ensure adequate leadership & staffing, organize required training, develop sustainable programs to ensure proficiency & infrastructure, serve as primary point of contact to local emergency response agencies, & communicate needs to leadership for required support
  • Provide disaster preparedness training & prepare emergency plans & procedures for plant emergencies such as serious injuries from hazardous material exposure, fire disasters, etc.
  • Plan & direct disaster response or crisis management scenarios
  • Plan quarterly drills of emergency response team against scenarios with 50% including support from outside agencies. Drills to include fire, toxic release, tornado / severe weather, active shooter, etc.
  • Key resource to all areas with execution of safe work practices, including work permitting, lockout / tagout, hot work, confined space entry, fall protection, barricades/hoists & rigging, electrical hazards, personal protective equipment, safety system bypassing, motorized industrial vehicles, ladder safety, & others)
  • Develop or mature programs to increase the safety culture at the site with regard to these safe work practices. Serve as owner of several of these programs & subject matter expert to others
  • Organize & provide training to site personnel in the understanding & proper execution of these work practices through a variety of techniques (read/understand with competency test, face to face training with competency demonstrations, evaluation, & organization of third-party vendors to provide training, etc.)
  • Function as a subject matter expert on various levels of safety audits & incident investigations
  • Collaborate, share best practices & make recommendations freely with other members of the Health & Safety organization & to the line management organization at the facility
  • Responsible for auditing all aspects of emergency response & safe work practices in accordance with the OSHA PSM standard (specifically 1910.119 sections f, g, h, k, m, n, & o)
  • Responsible to coordinate external audits of systems & conduct similar audits at other facilities
  • Communicate effectively to all levels of the organization, both orally & written
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in chemical or safety engineering, emergency management, public health, or related field or equivalent combination of education & related experience
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience with chemical or API facility operations, with a strong knowledge of the chemical & physical hazards associated with this type of facility
  • Competency with Emergency Response & Incident Command
  • Working knowledge & practical experience with life safety systems (confined space, fall protection, incident investigation, LOTO, hot work, confined space, line break, etc.)
  • Proven expertise in health & safety, planning/organizing & managing execution
  • Revising the work plan for complex problems solved by cross functional teams


Desired Qualifications

  • Prior leadership or long-term participation with emergency response teams in an industrial setting
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment
  • Ability to lead complex incident investigations & thorough audits of safety management systems per ISO 45001


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally works around odorous and/or hazardous materials with proper personal protective equipment
  • Occasionally moves equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 33 pounds within the facility
  • Occasionally positions oneself to transfer materials within manufacturing environment
  • Corrected vision to 20/30 and/or ability to pass vision screening assessment necessary to procure motorized vehicle license
  • Frequently moves about building(s) to access other personnel & operational areas
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands
  • Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to access service equipment. Works atop elevated positions at heights
  • Ability to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift
  • Ability to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection
  • Ability to work hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation
  • Ability to work in & around an active operating facility with high hazard chemicals & active pharmaceutical ingredients


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.