Senior Quality Assurance Area Specialist I

Facility:  Quality

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we are helping to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. As a result, our employees embark on life-changing careers with opportunities for mobility and growth within a global organization. At Novo Nordisk, you will work with the best manufacturing professionals in the industry.


Our new Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) facility houses the Fermentation, Recovery and Purification in the production of ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s innovative oral products. Are you ready to help make what matters? Then, we are ready for you!


Position Purpose

Responsible for the warehouse activities. Ensures relevant compliance issues are addressed & handled in close collaboration with production. Main duties include release of API materials, deviations, change controls, review & approval of SOPs, QA presence & process confirmation on shop floor & improvement of Quality processes.



  • Quality support for warehouse, supply chain and supplier management, receiving and release of raw materials, updating bill of materials, potency and unit of measure in SAP and gLIMS
  • QA approver for supplier management change controls for onboarding new suppliers and vendors
  • Review and approval of supplier and vendor Quality Agreements
  • Managing Approved Supplier lists
  • Ensure that the current NN procedures & requirements from health authorities are reflected in the quality related decisions
  • Support projects in communicating Novo Nordisk project quality requirements & assessing suppliers’ ability to support test/qualification activities to ensure that Novo Nordisk requirements & expectations are clear
  • Support projects in solving quality related issues, act quickly in order to come to a decision, & communicate quickly & clearly regarding such decisions
  • Support evaluation of the quality level during the project by performing spot checks of validation documentation
  • Perform activities related to Batch review
  • Ensure site compliance with Regulations, ISO standards, & Corporate/Local SOPs
  • Review & approve change control requests
  • Review & approve deviations
  • guidance to departments regarding quality & related activities
  • Participate & provide input to root-cause analysis
  • Participate in process confirmations & quality oversight


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree in Life Sciences, Engineering, or related field
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Good Knowledge of cGMP manufacturing & production processes & how to apply
  • Good Knowledge of the Batch review Processes
  • Good Knowledge of quality management systems
  • Good Knowledge of quality oversight & on floor production support
  • Strong knowledge level in cGMP’s & validation
  • Strong knowledge in Quality Management Systems
  • Strong knowledge of SAP and gLIMS
  • Must be ability to perform tasks independently, accurately & within defined time frames
  • Ability to willingly work with customers/stakeholders in a cooperative manner
  • Strong written & verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.


Desired Qualifications

  • Proven expertise in planning & organizing tasks
  • Willingness to assist others in developing plans in a cross-functional environment
  • Innovative approach to establishing priorities


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 50 pounds within the facility
  • Routinely operates & inspects manufacturing equipment using hands
  • Ability to be on feet for up to a 12-hour shift
  • Constantly positions oneself to transfer materials within manufacturing environment. Frequently moves about building(s) to access other personnel & operational areas
  • Corrected vision to 20/30 and/or ability to pass vision screening assessment necessary to procure motorized vehicle license
  • Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder to access service equipment. Works atop elevated positions at heights
  • Occasionally required to secure a motorized vehicle license & operate a motorized vehicle
  • Occasionally works around odorous and/or hazardous materials
  • Occasionally performs critical job functions in extremely cold work environments
  • Occasionally positions oneself within confined spaces for inspection, repair & maintenance of equipment
  • Ability to work in loud noise environments with hearing protection
  • Ability to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction
  • Constantly operates a computer & other office equipment using hands


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.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


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.