Project Portfolio Manager, Koriyama Factory

Category:  Project Management & Agile

Koriyama, Fukushima, JP


Are you an experienced Project Portfolio Manager seeking a new challenge in a company with ample resources and projects? Do you thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment? We are currently seeking a Project Portfolio Manager to join our team at Novo Nordisk. If you have a passion for project management and are ready to make a difference, read on and apply today for a life-changing career.

About the department
At Novo Nordisk (NN) we are experiencing rapid growth in sales over the recent years and along with the wide range of new products to be launched, we are re-enforcing our production capability worldwide.
As our Koriyama Factory (KFA) is also expanding its workforce, one of the exciting opportunities is now available for a project portfolio manager, KFA in Japan to join one of the largest scale projects of the factory expansion (expanding the building, not just the equipment) by collaborating with the team members. 
Not only that, this position will be in charge of the overall portfolio management of the Koriyama plant thereafter. As a result, you will have ample opportunities to engage not only within the project office to which you are being assigned, but also across departments and globally. 


The position
As a Project Portfolio Manager, your role will include creating and managing project portfolios, guiding the organization in making appropriate investment decisions through transparent decision-making, communicating with project managers to provide updates on project status and track investment returns, managing risks across the organization, ensuring compliance with all internal and external regulations, and complying to NN's corporate values and principles.

  • Identify business goals and set targets. Gather and research information and ideas, including new products, for potential projects. Prioritize projects considering constraints such as budget, human resources, and delivery dates, and find the best projects to achieve the portfolio while effectively managing stakeholder relationships.
  • Verify the entire portfolio to ensure that all activities comply with applicable requirements, both internal and external (such as GxP, occupational health and safety, and environmental standards).
  • Periodically share project status updates and best practices with the project portfolio manager at the overseas site.
  • Ensure that all project-related activities maintain not only quality and process performance but also environmental sustainability and the safety and health of employees.
  • Another responsibility is to continuously seek opportunities for implementing new technologies by assessing what is available in the market. Utilizing external knowledge is essential to broaden your perspective on emerging technologies and identify areas within KFA where they are likely to be utilized.



  • Bachelor’s degree or above is required.
  • Management accounting experience is a plus.
  • Business-level English and Japanese (reading, writing, speaking) required.
  • Project portfolio management experience with a focus on investment prioritization and resource optimization required.
  • Project management experience at a manufacturing site for facilities related to production, storage and logistics 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.