Senior Maintenance & Calibration Technician

Facility:  Manufacturing

Fremont, CA, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                     

Novo Nordisk, a global health care company, is committed to discovering and developing innovative medicines to help people living with diabetes lead longer, healthier lives. To support this, Novo Nordisk is conducting research on stem cell therapy. Stem cell research raises hopes for improved treatment of Type 1 Diabetes and for future treatments with cell transplantation therapy. This treatment could be offered to people with many different serious chronic diseases caused by the degeneration of specific cells, such as Type 1 Diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes is manifested by the selective destruction of the insulin-producing cells in the body, which leads to a life-long dependence on insulin injections to control blood sugar levels. It is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. Cell therapy may offer a better treatment by replacing the lost cells with new insulin-producing cells derived from stem cells, thus avoiding daily multiple insulin injections as well as numerous blood glucose tests. This treatment may also offer better blood glucose control, which is crucial to avoid late-stage complications such as blindness and kidney failure. In this project Novo Nordisk will generate new stem cell lines to be used in future cell therapies to treat Type 1 Diabetes, Parkinson’s and chronical heart failure.  Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

The Senior Maintenance and Calibration Technician is responsible for ensuring all site facilities and equipment are maintained in an operational and calibrated state. This includes ensuring all necessary documentation is tracked and organized, on-time execution of required maintenance and calibration, timely response to repairs in order to maintain both production and development processes within the site.



The Senior Maintenance and Calibration Technician will work at the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) Stem Cell Manufacture facility located in Fremont, California. The Senior Maintenance and Calibration Technician will report to the Facilities Manager. Internal stakeholders will include Research & Development (R&D), Manufacturing, Facilities and Quality teams in Novo Nordisk Fremont.


Essential Functions

  • Facilitate and organize maintenance work for onsite equipment to ensure performance of equipment and instrumentation to be used in GMP operations
  • Coordinate and interact with suppliers/vendors for work and materials as it pertains to support activities within the facility
  • Work with management team in establishing internal maintenance and calibration programs
  • Review supplier documentation to ensure it meets Novo Nordisk quality standards and conforms to local guidance
  • Installation, setup and support for qualification activities as-needed for new equipment and scale-up/build-out of the plant
  • Perform periodic inspections of facilities and systems (Assist with periodic review and reporting of facility systems as needed)
  • Organize and maintain utilities for the site
  • Assist in supporting and maintaining the site hazardous materials program: documentation and interfacing with hazardous materials contractor
  • Create, track, and organize documentation for both calibration and maintenance activities
  • Support calibration activities for equipment in use at the site; coordinate, plan and deliver to schedule, ensuring compliance with local procedures and adherence to corporate policies
  • Track, update, and support continuous monitoring system (manage sensor replacements for maintenance, repair, and calibration activities). Long-term expectation will be to configure, update and install new monitors/sensors as required
  • Provide input and recommendations on cost-saving opportunities
  • May act as subject matter expert on calibration methods
  • Perform projects individually or as part of a team
  • Support activities in other departments as requested


Physical Requirements

20-30% overnight travel required; Ability to work flexible hours and overtime.  Novo Nordisk requires all employees, both Field and Office-based, to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first date of employment. 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



  • Minimum HS Diploma required. Associate degree preferred. Advanced degree may be substituted for experience as appropriate
  • 5+ years of experience in a regulated cGMP environment required, included in that experience:
    • 2+ years of experience in organizing, maintaining, and documenting a calibration program is required
    • 2+ years of experience with equipment maintenance and systems is required
  • Experience with GDP (especially for calibration and maintenance) is highly preferred
  • Strong organizational, troubleshooting, communication and interpersonal skills are essential
  • Ability to work on fast-paced, collaborative teams and demonstrate flexibility in response to changing priorities is a must
  • Ability and desire to support the team with additional tasks as needed


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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