Project Specialist I

Facility:  Manufacturing

West Lebanon, NH, US

About the Department     

Site New Hampshire, located in West Lebanon, is where Novo Nordisk’s life-saving treatments are brought to life. Our manufacturing facility produces a global supply of our hemophilia and growth hormone product lines, as well as our next generation of cutting-edge medications. It’s not your average production site – it’s a tight-knit, supportive community working together to contribute to a better tomorrow for our patients. Ethics and quality are held in the highest regard, and a patient-focused mindset guides everything we do. We’re looking for individuals who are self-starters with a strong work ethic to join our team. At Novo Nordisk, you will find opportunities, resources and mentorship to grow and build your career. Are you ready to realize your potential?


The Position

This individual is responsible for executing small to medium scale ($<2MM) projects or specific elements of larger scale projects ($>5MM) from scope development and project planning through project closeout. Accountable for engaging project teams and leveraging of available resources to deliver assigned project objectives. The person in this role will analyze "as is" state, make recommendations for improvement and coordinate the development and implementation of "future state" processes. Act as central resource for information flow between project stakeholders.



Reports to: According to the organizational chart.


Number of subordinates with direct/indirect referral: n/a


Essential Functions

  • Planning and coordination of the project deliverables and project team on a day-to-day basis, and act as the central resource for team communication
  • Lead project scope and deliverables definition in concert with project champion and key stakeholders
  • Develop, communicate, and manage adherence to project scope, schedule and budget
  • Accountable for the documentation, communication and mitigation strategy development for risks to schedule, scope, resources, budget and quality. In coordination with project champion, conducts start-up meeting with project team to identify roles and responsibilities
  • Work closely with Engineering, Manufacturing, Facilities, Manufacturing Sciences & Analytical Technology, Quality Assurance, Quality Control, and Validation, on project teams to facilitate design, transfer, and start-up of manufacturing or business process changes
  • Administer scope, budget, schedule, and performance metrics for all projects under guidance of tenured project manager
  • Lead small cross functional teams focused on improving manufacturing or business processes, troubleshooting current processes, or development and transfer of new processes
  • Contributes to the development of tools/techniques to enhance the project management processes
  • Ensure compliance with the Quality Management System when repair, re-design or change of validated systems take place (develop and manage change control documentation)
  • Assure that all activities comply with established company and/or regulatory procedures, practices and guidelines
  • Lead the tracking and reporting of designated project activities, such as status reporting, resource allocation, milestone reporting, and benefit tracking
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Performs all job duties and responsibilities in a compliant and ethical manner and in accordance with all applicable healthcare laws, regulations and industry codes
  • Incorporates the Novo Nordisk Way and 10 Essentials in all activities and interactions with others


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required. The ability to climb, balance, stand, walk, and finger. The ability to speak, listen, and understand verbal and written communication. Repetition including substantial movement of wrists, hands, and or fingers. Lifting up to 33lbs/15kg of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness, and thoroughness of work assigned or to make general observations. The working environment includes a variety of physical conditions including: noise, inside and outside conditions including temperatures below 32 degrees F; close proximity to manufacturing equipment, moving parts, moving vehicles, and chemicals; atmospheric conditions including: odors, fumes, and dust. The ability to function in narrow hallways and spaces.


Novo Nordisk requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine by December 8, 2021.  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.



  • Education and Certifications
    • Master’s Degree (Master of Science/Master of Business Administration) or equivalent with a minimum of one (1) years’ experience or a bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline with a minimum of three (3) years’ experience in an engineering or scientific discipline. Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP)/ regulated pharmaceutical or biotechnology industry, preferred
  • Work Experience
    • Project experience in a matrix management environment, preferred
    • Experience with the use of Lean/Six Sigma and/or Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) methodologies and tools in the context of project planning, execution and controlling
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
    • Ability to interact with functional peer groups at various levels
    • Demonstrated ability to act independently and to navigate teams to data driven decisions and resolutions
    • Adaptability to respond to changes in project expectations in a methodical and professional manner


Millions rely on us 
At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. 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. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. 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.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.