Senior Manager, Operations - Recovery

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

Responsible for facilitating project execution and transition into operations. Lead tactical & long-term production processes & strategic activities to drive project & operational deliverables. Contribute to a positive, constructive & ambitious work environment in department leadership team as well as in own area of responsibility. Manage operational aspects of the Project to include cost, quality, & schedule requirements. Build 40-60 FTE operations team. Lead strategic activities to drive operational performance & process/technical improvements ensuring standardization across shift teams. Ensure engagement, motivation & development of employees in team.



  • Drive a safe workplace culture, ensuring safety & environmental requirements are met
  • Ensure robust processes are in place to exceed all quality objectives, specifications & requirements
  • Drive project performance to meet business & stakeholder needs
  • Elimination of issues & build simplicity into the processes
  • Alignment of process activities with lead time targets
  • Set direction by developing transparent process objectives based on site goals
  • Drive process performance to meet business & customer needs
  • Drive operational standardization & collaboration across shift teams, departments & DAPI DK
  • Provide strategic resource planning to operating the process in a cLEAN® way
  • Coach, develop, & engage direct reports, focusing on the NNWay essentials
  • Integration of quality & business ethics into decisions
  • Process confirmation of project & process standards
  • Drive project & process standardization & collaboration across shift teams & departments
  • Other accountabilities as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS in Science, Engineering or Business with an advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum of 8 years of leadership/management/supervisory experience in engineering, manufacturing, maintenance with a preference toward pharmaceutical industries


Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledgeable API processes preferable with preference towards large scale Recovery and/or Purification. Experience driving process improvements using systematic methodologies. Lean & Six Sigma strongly preferred. Strong business understanding & self-leadership is mandatory
  • Proven expertise in mentoring & staff development, change management, planning & organizing, managing execution & revising work plans for complex issues addressed by cross functional teams


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Ability to work in & around an active construction site during project phase
  • Ability to work in & out of the manufacturing facility
  • Ability to work hours necessary to support shift production
  • Ability to travel internationally
  • Ability to attain clean room gowning certification


Relocation is available for his role


At this time, Novo Nordisk is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future would require sponsorship for employment visa status


Millions rely on us 
At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. 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.


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