Associate Manager for Automation, Equipment & IT and Biophysics Support

Category:  Manufacturing

Kalundborg, Region Zealand, DK




Do you want to use your managerial skills leading a team of highly professional colleagues? Would you like to play a major role in strategic and ambitious projects, where you will be part of setting the direction for the future Industry 4.0 automations and IT solutions? Then join us as our new Associate Manager to drive a team of Chemists and Laboratory Technicians at Novo Nordisk's Diabetes API Manufacturing Development (MDev), Analytical support laboratory in Kalundborg.

The position
As an Associate Manager you will lead the team and jungle the many different assignments gathered in the team (IT, equipment, automation & biophysical support), which provides support to site QC and Manufacturing Development. You will be part of the Management group consisting of 8 people, which, besides you, include three Associate Managers, a CVP Quality Coordinator, a LEAN Coordinator, a Secretary, and the department manager.

Key responsibilities would include:

  • Providing the team with the best possible conditions so that they succeed with the tasks they have at hand
  • Ensuring work environment of continuous improvements with a strong focus on automation and digitalisation of processes and systems
  • Prioritising the tasks in the team, establishing optimal allocation of resources, and taking relevant steps to develop both the team and the department continuously
  • Setting good examples and leading the way to ensure that your employees obtain the right behaviour and achieve the targets

To succeed, you focus on creating a work environment that fosters job enthusiasm, and you match the requests and capabilities of your team. Finally, you seek to establish good collaboration with your stakeholders within Diabetes API and outside.



  •  You have solid managerial experience from a similar role in a manufacturing company, which has given you, insight into GMP, ISO9001 and LEAN
  • Your professional experience is supplemented with a degree within one of the Natural Sciences disciplines, experience with biophysical analyses and a solid understanding or interest in IT would be considered an asset
  • You have a keen eye for optimising processes as well as improving your team's working conditions
  • You are fluent in English both written and spoken, Danish language skills would be considered an advantage rather than a requirement


On a personal level, you have a goal-oriented mindset, determination and the skills to meet the ambitious targets. Moreover, you have strong communication skills, a positive attitude, and an inspiring and engaging behaviour which demonstrates that you take an interest in your employees' well-being. Last but not least, it is important that you thrive in a changing environment and know how to motivate your employees during changes. 


About the department
The department is responsible for providing analytical support to MDev's optimisation projects, as well as supporting process and analytical development for new products from fermentation to purified API. The department consists of 65 colleagues organized in four teams with responsibility within chemical, biochemical and biophysical analysis. 
The team consists of 15 dedicated chemists and laboratory technicians, who are responsible for implementation and maintenance of laboratory computerised systems in the department and biophysical method development and support. In addition, the team is also responsible for development of analytical technology to enable real time process control in the production (in-line, on-line & at line).


Novo Nordisk in Kalundborg
Novo Nordisk in Kalundborg is the world's largest insulin production site - big enough to have a 5.5 km run around the site and to produce half of the insulin used worldwide. This is a workplace for more than 2,800 dedicated Novo Nordisk employees who set ambitious goals and strive to make a difference for our more than 24 million patients through stable deliveries of high-quality products. The site is in rapid development with lots of exciting challenges. We solve them by being at the forefront of technology, systems, methods and processes, and by assembling teams of talented employees. In Novo Nordisk it is your ability, your commitment and your ambitions which help us improve the lives of many people. On the other hand, we offer you the opportunity to work with talented colleagues and we offer you a wide range of opportunities for professional and personal development.


For further information, please call associate manager Martin Busch Neergaard at +45 3079 3041 or Director Marina Bryld at +45 3075 7338

October 31st, 2021.
1st (virtually) and 2nd (in person) interviews will be held on the 11th and 25th of October.
You do not need to attach a cover letter to your application, but please include a few sentences about why you are applying in your resume or CV. To ensure an efficient and fair recruitment process, please refrain from adding a photo in your CV.













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.