Project Engineer - Facilities Management - API

Facility:  Engineering

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we are helping to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. For more than 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 NC, we operate three pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities that are responsible for fulfilling different steps in our injectable and oral treatment supply chains.  Our newer Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) facility in Clayton, NC sits on 825,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art equipment, and houses the Fermentation, Recovery and Purification in the production of ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s innovative oral products.  At API, you’ll join a global network of manufacturing professionals who are passionate about what they do.  


What we offer you:

  • Leading pay and annual performance bonus for all positions
  • All employees enjoy generous paid time off including 14 paid holidays
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance – effective day one
  • Guaranteed 8% 401K contribution plus individual company match option
  • Family Focused Benefits including 12 weeks paid parental & 6 weeks paid family medical leave
  • Free access to Novo Nordisk-marketed pharmaceutical products
  • Tuition Assistance – reimbursement up to $10,000 annually 
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Employee Referral Awards


At Novo Nordisk, you will find opportunities, resources, and mentorship to help grow and build your career.  Are you ready to realize your potential?  Join Team Novo Nordisk and help us make what matters.


The Position

Provide focused quality engineering support for the Facility Management department on sitewide projects including, but not limited to, small new construction projects, facility upgrades/retrofits/modernizations, facility equipment, and grounds modifications. This role will handle projects in multiple buildings.



Reports to Manager, Facility Management.


Essential Functions

  • Develop AutoCAD drawings and architectural and engineering design packages for new builds, modifications, or additions to facilities and facility assets
  • Perform design review, value engineering, and construction management for projects
  • Gather and analyze data, blueprints, and reports while determining facility and equipment specifications
  • Perform facility and capital project management, monitoring, and controlling from design to completion to ensure project deliverables are achieved within the approved scope, cost, and schedule, to include preparing and presenting Gate presentations, developing executive capital summaries, and creating documentation for capital projects
  • Ensure compliance with relevant regulations, building codes, and health and safety standards
  • Analyze project costs and prepare budgets by working with Finance and Procurement to develop Statements of Work and provide purchasing documentation, terms, and conditions on related projects
  • Participate in projects involving sitewide building and infrastructure maintenance, repairs, and improvements by creating and reviewing designs, attending meetings, investigating, and applying engineering principles to proposed projects
  • Perform management, inspections, and surveillance of outside contractor work to ensure that training and enforcing of safety policies for work being executed is occurring
  • Provide recommendations for facility capital improvements
  • Establish project/contract budgets and review to ensure adequacy and completeness
  • Act as an effective team member in supporting quality disciplines, decisions, and practices as well as providing technical guidance for identifying and resolving quality issues
  • Follow all safety and environmental requirements in the performance of duties
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Physical Requirements

Ability to move equipment and/or supplies weighing up to thirty-three (33) pounds. Routinely operates and inspects manufacturing equipment. Strap and unstrap pallets. Must be able to be on your feet for up to a twelve-hour (12-hour) shift. May require corrected vision to 20/20 or 20/25 based on role. May require color vision based on role. Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder. May be required to work at elevated heights. Occasionally works around odorous and/or hazardous materials. May be required to wear latex gloves. May perform critical job functions in extremely cold work environments depending on site. May position oneself within confined spaces for inspection if required of the role. Ability to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection. May be required to secure a motorized vehicle license and operate a motorized vehicle based on the role.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a relevant field of study from an accredited university required
  • Equivalent combination of education and relevant engineering experience may be substituted for degree as appropriate
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience working within facility management, construction, maintenance required; preferably in a GMP regulated environment
  • Equivalent combination of education and relevant engineering experience may be considered based on role complexity and site/business impact as appropriate
  • Knowledge of the building process and construction principles preferred
  • AutoCAD, SAP, and MS Office experience. Ability to read/review/modify design drawings required
  • Understanding of complicated product documentation and standard operating procedures with attention to detail required
  • Knowledge of relevant regulations and building codes preferred
  • Basic understanding of contractual documents and ability to create work plans and detailed project schedules required
  • Good verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to troubleshoot and demonstrated problem-solving skills required
  • Strong Project Management experience with demonstrated ability to control multiple projects preferred
  • Demonstrated ability of strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills preferred


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.


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.