Senior Safety Professional API

Facility:  Engineering & Technical

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

To contribute to the development of Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) processes/systems for the new API facility. Activities to include writing/ reviewing specifications, participating in process hazard evaluations, SOP development, safety programs development & training. Provide leadership & support in attaining a safe working environment, provide direct support for the project, technical direction for Safety Professionals & maintain & report safety data. Ensure positive working relationship with internal & external teams & alignment/collaboration with Corporate Health & Safety groups. Once established, drive the safety processes for DAPI-US.



Coached by: Manager, EHS


Essential Functions

  • Provide technical direction to site personnel as it relates to management of safety processes, working in high hazard environments, & ensuring safety compliance
  • Coordinate industrial hygiene programs to ensure compliance to applicable exposure limits.
  • Follow & champion all safety & environmental requirements in the performance of duties.
  • Creation & implementation of safety programs
  • Support Project execution & compliance through risk assessments (FMEA, HazOp), development of corrective actions & coordination of improvements
  • Provide safety expertise & solutions to all managers & projects aspects for resolving known or potential issues
  • Provide safety training & tools for the core processes to improve safety performance
  • Communicate safety performance statistics on a monthly/weekly basis
  • Review all recordable accidents & coach root cause analyses, corrective & preventive actions for assigned departments
  • Provide back up for emergency management/fire systems
  • Increase the awareness of safety through various communication tools
  • Other accountabilities as assigned


Physical Requirements

Moves equipment &/or supplies weighing up to 33 pounds within the facility using various body positions. Ability to do close precision work with their hands. Must be able to remain in a stationary position (sitting and standing) 50% of the time. May required corrected vision to 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 &/or hazardous materials.



  • BA/BS in Environmental Health & Safety, Safety Management, or a related field
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in safety
  • Full knowledge of OSHA regulations including process safety management (PSM), Industrial Hygiene & Chemical Management
  • Strong skills in root cause analysis  for analyzing accidents & process incidents
  • Working knowledge of OSHAS 18001/ISO45001
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Worker’s Compensation Management
  • Classified electrical environments
  • Emergency Management / planning knowledge & experience
  • Pharmaceutical experience a plus
  • Good communication & writing skills
  • Working knowledge of fire detection/suppression/prevention systems
  • Able to develop & manage action plans to achieve targets


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.