Project Manager 3

Facility:  Manufacturing

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. 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 legacy Injectable Finished Products (IFP) facility in Clayton, NC is a 457,000 square foot aseptic "fill and finish" site that is responsible for producing innovative, injectable diabetes and obesity treatments. At IFP, 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.


Position Purpose

Execute assigned projects for the site expansion team within cost, quality, & schedule requirements. Coach & support PM1s & PM2s in planning & executing projects to ensure project success (i.e., on budget, on time, within scope). Partner with Line of Business to guide projects. Ensure projects are executed & staffed according to plan. Support the expansion team in developing project roadmap & master plan. Indirect reporting of project management staff with 1:1s, roadblock resolution, risk reporting, & overall first level of project guidance.



  • Project Management:
    • Lead multi-disciplined project teams to complete projects on-time, on-budget, meeting all requirements (quality, cost, schedule)
    • Coaching & mentoring of project management staff
    • Refine business case with project owner/sponsor
    • Establish & communicate quantifiable project benefits
    • Manage, coordinate & direct contract resources, & internal resources
    • Refine & clarify project scope through early project analysis with subject matter experts & owners to further substantiate project purpose
    • Provide clear goals so that the project secures effective use of time & resources & builds employee motivation
    • Develop bid packages, bid evaluation & drive vendor selection.  Also work with Business Support unit to create project specific contracts
    • Responsible for financial project accountability through purchase order creation, management, invoicing & cost forecasting
    • Monitor & control project work with stringent follow-up on quality, schedule & budget so that the project delivers the desired end-product
    • Responsible for monitoring & reporting project progress, communications to management & other stakeholders, & presentation in steering groups
  • Program Management:
    • Lead programs, or series of related projects spanning multiple years, with specific oversight of quality, delivery, & cost
    • Ensure alignment with global program & other site projects
    • Partner with business areas to visualize project roadmaps (i.e. 1-3 year plan) & master plan (3+ year)
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Engineering/Economics/Business Administration/Other Technical/Science or equivalent combination of education & experience
  • Minimum of eight (8) years of proven project management experience to include:
    • Leading change management projects (process improvement, product transfer, IT/process automation)
    • Leading complex & major capital expenditure projects


Desired Qualifications

  • Minimum of three (3) years 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
  • Proven project management experience with direct management of multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proven expertise in mentoring/development, planning/organizing, managing execution & revising the work plan for complex problems solved by cross functional teams
  • Ability to function independently, as well as execution of good judgement in decision making & strong leadership skills
  • Functions well in team environment


Physical & Other Requirements

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


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.