Manager, Project Management - API

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. Working at our Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (DAPI) manufacturing facility, you will help meet the growing demand for our treatments. Novo Nordisk expects to double production of diabetes and obesity products over the next decade; we have recently completed construction of a 825,000 sq. ft diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) plant in Clayton, NC. Our new API facility houses the fermentation, recovery and purification of GLP1 ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s innovative oral products. Here, you will work with the best manufacturing professionals in the industry. Are you ready for a life-changing career?

Position Purpose

Provides over-all management & guidance to DAPI US PMs & relevant project activities. Provides vision & direction, as developed by leadership, into actionable steps.



  • Responsible for ensuring group of PMs accomplish time, quality, cost & production objectives of all investment projects at DAPI US
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining standards and systems to successfully execute capital investment projects in line with NN project execution model (PEM)
  • Responsible for communications & escalation to management, PPM & other pertinent units
  • Assist with any training required of personnel supporting the project portfolio
  • Responsible for development of PMs to execute projects that directly support strategic goals for site
  • Identifies & develops working relationships with customers at all levels (including internal engineering, operations teams, and support functions)
  • Ensuring effective cost management for all capital projects
  • Development & oversight of site investment budget to include funding recommendations to leadership
  • Contributes & collaborates across all boundaries to challenge project ideas, generate innovation, and optimize execution of projects
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Education

BA/BS degree in a related field of work such as sciences / engineering.


Desired Education

  • PMP certification
  • MA/MS degree in a relevant field



Minimum of ten (10) years of project management experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance, Construction with a strong preference for pharmaceutical or other regulated industries.


Technical/Process/Functional Knowledge

  • Knowledgeable in the following systems: Process Equipment, Compressed Air/Steam, Chilled Water, Pharmaceutical Utilities
  • Strong knowledge of existing NN project execution model
  • Strong knowledge of project management planning, risk and financial management tools
  • Driver for process improvement/design via LEAN, Six Sigma & Systematic Problem Solving (SPS) methodologies



  • Proven expertise in mentoring/development, change management, planning/organizing, managing execution & revising the work plan for complex problems solved by cross functional teams
  • Strong collaborative & stakeholder management skills required
  • Proven project management experience with direct management of multiple projects simultaneously, both large & small capital investments


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Requires ability to move throughout the facility in the performance of duties in proximity to process equipment & areas
  • Ability to work hours necessary in a continuous 24/7 operation
  • Ability to travel internationally


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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