Production Manager

Category:  Business Support & Administration

Koriyama, Fukushima, JP

Are you passionate about managing a team on production? Do you thrive in a dynamic and international environment with multiple stakeholders? Then you could be the Production Manager we are looking for at our Novo Nordisk Koriyama Factory (KFA). Apply now and join us!

About the department
Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 100 years of innovation in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat obesity, haemophilia, growth disorders and other serious chronic diseases. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs over 60,000 people in 80 countries, and markets its products in more than 170 countries.
As our factory in Koriyama is expanding the workforce, this exciting opportunity is now available for supply planning professional. The position will be anchored in KFA production team, directly reporting to Production Director.


The position
As a Production Manager, you will oversee processes executed in shop floors to comply with all the applicable requirements and keep production resource and well resourced, optimized and level-loaded to satisfy the fluctuating demand. You need to ensure the production process is performed in line with short-term production plan.
You will also set impactful and stretch targets to drive your team to a higher level standardize, simplify and optimize overall shop floor processes while locally deploying Product supply/Contract Manufacturing, Sourcing and Devices strategies such as Training for Competence (TfC), Future finished produce, etc.

Other tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Labor management such as overtime and occupational health in compliance with relevant regulations (local and global Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) requirement, etc.)
  • Ensure the shop floor is free from potential and actual dangers and that operators are physically and mentally safe and healthy during work to minimize stress and physical pain.
  • Ensure the necessary training is continuously and timely provided to operators according to a training plan so they can execute assigned tasks.
  • Manage, motivate, develop, engage and involve your people and the entire team, focusing on sustainable growth.
  • Keep having dialogues with your direct subordinates for their performance improvement.



  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Logistics, or other relevant fields.
  • Minimum of 5 years of hands-on experience working in manufacturing, supply chain, logistics or operations environment. Experience in production plant and delivering process improvements or change management are strongly preferred.  
  • Experience in people management in positions such as production engineering, supply chain, production management, inventory management, quality control, logistics, etc. (at least 5 people)
  • Business-level in English (writing and speaking) and Japanese are required.


Working at Novo Nordisk
We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energize us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.


Please send your CV online (click on Apply and follow the instructions).

Until the completion of recruitment.
Applications will be screened on an ongoing basis, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


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.