Senior Project Director, AP Modernization

Facility:  Project Management & Agile

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
  • 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

Direct & coordinate the activities of the AP Modernization program. Lead the projects designed to modernize aseptic production including responsibility for project quality and Project Procurement & Engineering Management teams to support the production of Novo Nordisk products which meet or exceed business, regulatory & customer requirements in accordance with the Novo Nordisk Way. This includes providing direction, coaching & overseeing the management & supervision over the project management & engineering managers, specialists/professionals & consultants/contractors a combination of 100+ full-time employees and contract/contingent workers.



Vice President.


Essential Functions

  • Lead, direct & coordinate the project management team(s) in the design of the overall project & in the development of the implementation plan & project timelines
  • Identify & develop working relationships with impacted customers at all levels to include ensuring customer representatives are kept appropriately informed of project activities & are encouraged to participate as appropriate
  • Advise process teams representing customer needs regarding cross-functional considerations, workflow integration & coordination & optimization of best practices
  • Provide & ensure communication with & between project & customer management at critical points in the implementation of the project plan
  • Identify, secure & coordinate implementation of internal & external resources & expertise as appropriate to achieve project objectives
  • Ensure that the project is proceeding according to timelines, meeting targets & expectations & adhering to established operating parameters; negotiates changes in project resources as necessary to achieve objectives & timelines
  • Design, establish & maintain an organizational structure & staffing to effectively accomplish the goals & objectives of the project to include recruitment, training and overseeing and deploying technical & functional staff as appropriate
  • Develop & manage the transition work plans for all project team members, to include transitioning into the project & back to home departments upon completion
  • Oversee the supervision of project personnel, which includes work allocation, training & problem solution; evaluating performance & making recommendations for personnel actions and motivating employees to achieve peak productivity & performance
  • Develop & manage project budgets & performs periodic cost & productivity analyses
  • Ensure Project Managers follow PS@Shopfloor (Product Supply) processes, to include guiding and coaching as necessary
  • Participate in driving strategy & solutions in relation to project execution through collaboration with aseptic production team, FFEx project teams, & Project Steering Committee meetings
  • Follow all safety & environmental requirements in the performance of duties
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Physical Requirements

Ability to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction. Ability to travel up to 10% of the time. (% can change on a case-by-case basis based on the role.)


Development of People

Ensure that reporting personnel have individual development plans (IDP), with annual goals and measurements that are consistent with the priorities of the business, and that interim reviews are held so that their work is focused on those priorities, and they understand their level of accountability for results and the measurement process.


Ensure that the IDP forms include completed learning and aspiration plans and are in place for all reporting personnel to enable the achievement of goals and capability to assume increased levels of responsibility.


Manage the application and communication of all Novo Nordisk policies, procedures, and Novo Nordisk Way.



  • Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, or Business from an accredited university required
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of leadership experience, with a minimum of five (5) of these years leading leaders in a pharmaceutical industry environment required
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years of experience in project management with major projects in excess of $20M required, preferably with experience in pharmaceutical industry aseptic, assembly & packaging production processes, devices & combination products required
  • Knowledgeable in systems within pharmaceutical industries to include parenteral drug production is required
  • Knowledgeable in the effective management required when working in complex organizations & in managing contractors to achieve project goals is required
  • Knowledge of large CAPEX projects required, with focus on PMI/Novo Nordisk project management governance preferred
  • Strong process improvement, systematic troubleshooting & problem-solving skills required
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills required


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.


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