Manager - Talent Acquisition

Facility:  Human Resource Management

Lexington, MA, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                        

Imagine being a part of a team committed to helping people defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions. Here at Novo Nordisk, we seek out opportunities to contribute to healthier communities and better lives for all people. And, that’s what you’ll gain by joining Novo Nordisk’s Human Resources team. Our HR team is passionate about their purpose – enabling business success the Novo Nordisk Way by turning the Company’s business strategy into an actionable workforce strategy. A strategy which captures the entire employee life-cycle.  At Novo Nordisk, you will join an inclusive team of diverse talent and benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development.  Are you ready?


The Position

Develop and implement innovative recruiting strategies, plans and solutions in order to achieve strategic business initiatives and deliver business results for Dicerna/Novo Nordisk. Act as consultative talent partner to assigned business unit(s) to facilitate the achievement of the business goals. Identify, develop and implement sourcing plans and a variety of recruiting resources and strategies to provide needed talent for the organization. Build strong partnerships with senior executives to provide a proactive approach to talent acquisition and help achieve strategic talent objectives. Manage full life cycle recruitment for management/senior level positions throughout the organization.



Report to the Associate Director, Talent Acquisition Delivery. Independently collaborate closely with HR Directors/Business Partners, hiring managers (including senior leaders and Vice Presidents), external outsourcing partners and agencies to develop TA strategies aligned with position, skill, and long-term requirements of the business, resulting in the achievement of key objectives (e.g. time to fill metrics, quality of hire, manager satisfaction).


Essential Functions

  • Strategic Talent Acquisition:
    • Partner with Talent Attraction to develop candidate pipelines for open and prospective roles in various departments and regions through various channels, including job boards, networking sites, social media etc. Identify areas of opportunity in the process to add value, improve quality, customer service, etc.
    • Proactively research and evaluate new sourcing and research ideas and methods to create innovative sourcing strategies
    • Facilitate high quality recruiting strategy meetings. Identify recruitment strategies and opportunities to meet short- and long-term business objectives. Create and execute a plan for each client area
    • Interview and assess candidates (phone screens and in person) using behavioral, competency-based interviewing techniques
    • Manage relationships with identified contingent/retained agencies, when needed
    • Partner with hiring managers to recruit highly qualified talent in the least amount of time. Manage a requisition load consisting of high-level positions within assigned business area(s)
    • Provide coaching and guidance to hiring managers in terms of talent assessment, internal and external workforce insights, labor trends, etc.
    • Analyze business unit data and external industry trends to design best in class recruitment strategies
    • Consult with Senior Business leaders across the organization and present solutions to improve recruiting effectiveness. Report on labor and market trends that could impact the organizations talent objectives
  • Communication:
    • Maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders ensuring that they are continuously updated on status of openings relative to their area
    • Provide feedback to internal and external candidates in a timely fashion and in accordance with talent acquisition procedures
  • Compensation:
    • Design new hire compensation packages and gain appropriate levels of approval and provide counsel and direction relative to market-based new hire offers
    • Work with client areas and closely with COE (Compensation and Mobility) regarding resolution and clarification of expatriate and relocation issues, understanding guidelines, etc.
  • Reporting and Compliance:
    • Ensure Applicant Flow, Job Folders, and sourcing/reporting are in compliance with OFCCP/EEO guidelines and internal SOPs
    • Ensure that applicant tracking system is updated to be able to generate job status and associated status reports are up to date weekly
    • Prepare and regularly update accurate statistical data/metrics regarding turnover, sourcing, cost per hire and time to fill, etc.
    • Proactively identify changes to reporting structure that will create greater efficiencies or meet updates/changes to regulations (OFCCP and EEOC)


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.



  • A Bachelor’s degree required; relevant experience and/or certification in specialized HR function may be substituted for degree, when appropriate
  • Minimum of 9 years of Human Resources experience and 4 years of full-cycle recruitment experience required, preferably in a corporate setting
  • Ability to build a network across industries to identify future talent
  • Data management and metrics (e.g., trend analysis) experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to constructively challenge manager assumptions or directly confront issues
  • Demonstrated experience in an environment of multiple and changing priorities
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills. Superb communication skills
  • Experience forecasting headcount needs / workforce planning
  • Knowledge of advanced internet recruitment/sourcing techniques
  • Experience using an applicant tracking system required. Functional Assessment experience/knowledge required
  • Good working knowledge of HR policies, procedures and federal/state legislation
  • In depth experience using behavioral interviewing techniques and assessment tools and processes
  • In-depth experience utilizing competency-based, behavioral interviewing experience required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel spreadsheets


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.


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.