Senior Manager, API Production

Category:  Manufacturing

Kalundborg, Region Zealand, DK


Are you a highly motivated leader, driven by complex challenges and a broad area of responsibility? Do you have strong technical competencies? Would you like to be part of a highly skilled production unit dedicated to making a difference for people living with Diabetes or Obesity? Then you may be Novo Nordisk's new Senior Manager. 


The position
We are looking for a Senior Manager for API M1 (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Insulin Manufacturing I) at site Kalundborg. You will be part of a dynamic business area in constant development that produces Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients for patients across the world. As a Senior Manager, you will lead a group of highly skilled team leaders who are in charge of 15-20 operators each, in the Fermentation and Recovery area. You will be the link between the team leaders and the director.

You will play a key role in developing the department and continuously improving performance as well as delivering excellent results. You will also be responsible for coordinating and prioritizing resources and tasks in the operational part of the department, to ensure fulfilment of our ambition to obtain more capacity and stable production of high-quality products out of the facility. 

Your key responsibilities will be to:

•    Manage the team by hiring the right talent and developing the internal talent.
•    Provide clear direction, coach, and build your team's ability to effectively translate business priorities into operational plans.
•    Lead and drive continuous process improvements by using LEAN.
•    Ensure production output and product release with continuous improvement of performance as well as delivering excellent results.
•    Secure quality and compliance of product and process. Define strategy for production execution, including sampling, cleaning and maintenance.


In addition, you will be part of the management team and will work closely with your management colleagues on day-to-day operations and people management-related matters.


To succeed in this position, we expect you to:


•    Have several years of proven leadership experience, preferably including leading leaders
•    Hold a Master’s degree in Engineering, Biotechnology, or equivalent
•    Have experience with GMP-regulated areas due to work with production and/or development of pharmaceutical products.
•    Have experience with LEAN knowledge and processes through your daily work
•    Communicate fluently in English and Danish


As a leader, you are good at collaborating with internal and external stakeholders across the organization. Moreover, you need to oversee and manage day-to-day operations and long-term coordinating, prioritizing, and planning of resources and tasks in the team to ensure fulfilment of our ambition to obtain more capacity and stable production of high-quality products out of the facility. This would include prioritization and portfolio management of multiple projects of varying sizes and complexity.

As a person, you have strong analytical skills with an interest in systematic problem-solving. You are structured and proactive in your work and will never compromise on quality. To succeed you need to be able to keep calm and make decisions in a busy work environment, where the agenda changes frequently. As a leader, you see and match your employees' needs and ambitions, where you naturally adapt your leadership style, ask curious questions, and can communicate at all levels of the organization.


About the department
In API M1, we strive to create the best place to work by continuously developing people and processes in a safe and learning-oriented environment. The factory consists of approx. 700 internal employees divided into 7 departments (3 production-, 1 project- and 3 support departments). Over the coming years, we will optimize our production to keep up with the demand.


Working at Novo Nordisk
At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive it. 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. From research and development to manufacturing, marketing and sales – we’re all working to move the needle on patient care.


For further information please feel free to contact Director, API M1 Fermentation & Recovery, Brian Rene Nielsen, +45 3075 9995. 


5 August 2024.


Due to the holiday season, we expect to get in touch with the selected candidates close to the deadline for the applications. 

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.