Director - Global Regulatory Lead

Facility:  Regulatory

Lexington, MA, US

About the Department

The Lexington Site is home to a growing Development organization, part of Novo Nordisk following its acquisition of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2021. The Lexington Development team is responsible for leading the clinical advancement of Dicerna’s research pipeline of GalXC™ and GalXC-Plus™ RNAi investigational therapies and select candidates from the broader Novo Nordisk portfolio, targeting both rare and prevalent diseases. The Lexington Development team’s rich heritage of collaboration, calculated risk-taking and agility complemented by the scale and resources of the global Development organization, define a unique clinical development team that maintains its agility to efficiently advance clinical candidates through development. Located in one of the most vibrant biotechnology innovation hubs in the world, and part of the growing biotech ecosystem in Lexington, Massachusetts, the Lexington Site will offer you the opportunity to collaborate with extraordinary talent and to continuously develop, while working toward our collective mission to improve patient lives. Together, we are driving change. Are you ready to make a difference? 


The Position

We are seeking a collaborative and science-driven global regulatory expert who wants to work with innovative investigational medicines. You will lead a global regulatory team to develop and execute regulatory strategies for high impact projects while working with decision-makers across multiple functional areas.



This role will work with the team both in the US and Denmark.


Essential Functions

  • Serve as a member of the Global Project Team (GPT) utilizing precedent and experience to develop innovative and flexible approaches to achieve development goals, advise on development strategies, and deliver on associated regulatory activities
  • Lead the Global Regulatory Matrixed Team in defining and executing the global regulatory strategy for assigned programs to ensure timely and high-quality regulatory deliverables to the GPTs
  • Lead health authority interactions, including leading team through creation of briefing materials and meeting preparation
  • Lead and/or support global filing activities for submissions
  • Present regulatory strategies including communication of regulatory risks and associated mitigation plans to management and other internal stakeholders
  • Perform or supervise regulatory review of all clinical and nonclinical documents for submissions, e.g., clinical protocols and study reports, preclinical reports, investigator brochures, application summary documents, etc.
  • Research and analyze the evolving competitive and regulatory landscapes to maintain current knowledge, and
  • Effectively manage timelines while working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment across both time zones and cultures


Physical Requirements

10-20% overnight travel required. Ability to lift 0-10 lbs.


Development of People

Ensure that reporting personnel have individual development plans (IDP), with annual goals and measurements that are consistent with the priorities of the business, and that interim reviews are held so that their work is focused on those priorities, and they understand their level of accountability for results and the measurement process. Ensure that the IDP forms include completed learning and aspiration plans and are in place for all reporting personnel to enable the achievement of goals and capability to assume increased levels of responsibility. Manage the application and communication of all Novo Nordisk policies, procedures, and Novo Nordisk Way.



  • A Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline is required/an advanced degree is strongly preferred
  • Minimum of 10 years drug development/FDA/regulatory related industry experience required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of global regulatory requirements for drugs and biologics
  • Proven ability to develop robust regulatory strategies required
  • Experience interacting directly with regulatory authorities on an international scale
  • Experience preparing teams for and leading meetings with regulatory agencies, including the FDA
  • Experience with rare disease drug development, innovative trial design and/or expedited regulatory pathways, highly desired
  • Experience in setting direction for, leading, and motivating a team to work for joint objectives
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and demonstrated problem-solving capabilities, and
  • Ability to thrive in a busy environment and maintain a positive attitude under pressure


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.


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.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


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