Manager, Maintenance Engineering

Facility:  Manufacturing

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

Manage team designated to provide maintenance & mechanical, & technical support for the API process tracks & operations. Lead & support problem solving & RCA to resolve equipment related issues. Implement & drive a Reliability centered mindset & culture within the department & across the site. Manage continuous improvement projects & efforts with respect equipment, performance, longevity, efficiency, & reliability. Partner with process track engineers to improve & optimize equipment maintenance plans. Establish & maintain good communications & working relationships with all stakeholders. Meet or exceed customer, business & regulatory compliance in accordance with Novo Nordisk & all local, state, & federal requirements.



  • Provide technical expertise in equipment maintenance for site API processes & production
  • Lead team of maintenance engineers for RCA & problem solving for equipment issues
  • Implement continuous improvement projects & efforts with respect equipment, performance, longevity, efficiency & reliability
  • Coordinate resources to meet production needs for maintenance engineering support, problem solving, project management, & continuous improvement
  • Support preventative, proactive, & corrective maintenance activities to ensure & improve equipment uptime
  • Lead team in establishing & maintaining engineering & technical interfaces with production & maintenance depts
  • Manage the development & improvement of equipment /system maintenance plans
  • Collaborate with other NN sites & facilities to share best practices with respect to equipment operation, troubleshooting & problem solving
  • Perform team & individual development activities with focus on performance & developmental planning & feedback
  • Drive adherence to all site, company, & regulatory environmental management & safety policies within area of responsibility
  • Manage & drive budget adherence
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering, or an equivalent combination of education & experience
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of maintenance engineering & management experience in support of manufacturing facilities & operations
  • Knowledge & experience in the operations, maintenance & design of cGMP utilities, as well as working in a regulated environment (FDA, cGMP, OSHA, NRC, other)
  • Process knowledgeable in manufacturing, utilities operations, & maintenance to include: chilled water, plant steam, compressed air, wastewater, agitation & mixing, automation/control systems
  • Equipment knowledgeable in process & utilities equipment & maintenance to include: pumps (centrifugal, PD, rotary lobe, gear), mixers, agitators, automated valves, pressure & atmospheric vessels, agitators, mixers, heat exchangers


Desired Qualifications

  • Management/Leadership experience in related discipline
  • Ability to read/review design drawings (CAD) with an understanding of P&ID, HVAC & Electrical systems
  • Thorough understanding of technical documents such as URS, SAT, FAT & Validation Protocols
  • Thorough understanding of standard operating procedures with attention to high-level concepts
  • Computer literacy with associated systems
  • Proven expertise in mentoring/development, planning/organizing, managing execution & revising the work plan for complex problems solved by cross functional teams


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment &/or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds within the facility
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands. Ability to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift
  • Constantly positions self to transfer materials within manufacturing environment
  • Frequently moves about the building to access other personnel & operational areas
  • Corrected vision to 20/30 &/or ability to pass vision screening assessment necessary to procurement motorized vehicle license
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to service equipment. Works atop elevated positions at heights
  • Occasionally required to secure a motorized vehicle license & operate a motorized vehicle
  • Occasionally works around odorous &/or hazardous materials
  • Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments
  • Occasionally positions self within confined spaces for inspection, repair & maintenance of equipment
  • Ability to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection
  • Ability to travel domestically & internationally, as required
  • 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


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.