LEAN Manufacturing Partner II - API

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

Enable & inspire NNPII to "live cLEAN®" by driving continuous improvement (CI) mindset throughout the site; providing cLEAN® tools, training, & expertise; leading CI projects & initiatives; & partnering with the organization at all levels.



  • Assist site leaders to develop CI plans; identify, prioritize, & initiate CI opportunities; follow-through on CI activities
  • Provide coaching for site leaders & team members to develop the cLEAN® mindset
  • Develop, lead, &/or facilitate CI kaizen workshops, problem solving workshops, failure investigations
  • Communicate across site to share best practices, success stories, ideas; collaborate across DAPI-US, DFP & PS as appropriate
  • Provide formal training in DAPI-US cLEAN® across the site
  • Provide coaching & mentoring for 1-Star, 2-Star & 3-Star project leaders across site
  • Manage/Lead complex cross-functional CI projects
  • Apply PDCA/DMAIC/DICOB methodologies to achieve significant, measurable improvement in business, support, & production processes
  • Provide direction, coaching, & mentoring for project team members
  • Manage/Lead cLEAN® site initiatives
  • Develop & lead change management plans for CI initiatives; develop control plans intended to sustain improvement gains
  • Provide expertise to site in a variety of other areas (as appropriate): statistical & data analysis, MS Office products, project management, change management, etc.


Required Education

BS/BA engineering, science, statistics, business, or other related field (MA/MS preferred); or equivalent experience + education.



  • 5-8+ years experience in manufacturing, maintenance, quality assurance, engineering, supply chain, process improvement
  • Certification & demonstrated experience/results as cLEAN®2-Star &/or Six Sigma Green Belt; certification in cLEAN® 3-Star &/or Six Sigma Black Belt


Technical/Process/Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrated expertise in Six Sigma,cLEAN®, & change management
  • Demonstrated coaching, communication, change management, & leadership skills
  • Strong computer skills, including experience in MS Office, MS Project, AutoCAD, statistical analysis software, or other related software packages
  • Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, agility, credibility, & change management skills



  • Proven expertise in planning/organizing, managing execution, checking results, & revising complex, cross functional projects
  • Proven leadership skills


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. with assistance
  • Ability to work in confined spaces & near operating equipment
  • Ability to be clean room certified
  • Ability to work in loud noise environments
  • Ability to work hours necessary to support production & maintenance activities
  • Novo Nordisk requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine by December 8, 2021.  As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. You will be required to upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccine card at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment.


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.


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.