Senior Personal Assistant to SVP

Facility:  General Management and Administration

Lexington, MA, US

About the Department

Dicerna, a Novo Nordisk company, is focused on driving innovation in RNAi (ribonucleic acid interference) to selectively target and silence genes that cause or contribute to disease. Our proprietary GalXC™ and GalXC-Plus™ RNAi technologies have the potential to address conditions that are difficult or impossible to treat with other modalities. Established as a Transformational Research Unit (TRU) following Novo Nordisk’s acquisition of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2021, the Dicerna TRU is a unique new organization within Novo Nordisk that brings together the best of both worlds – the agility, collaborative pioneering spirit and calculated risk-taking profile of a biotech along with the scale, resources and capabilities of a global leader in drug development. With approximately 200 researchers, scientists, drug developers and operational staff, we are a team of inventive and entrepreneurial thinkers pushing the boundaries of science to create and drive new RNAi-based therapies for both rare and more prevalent diseases from the bench to the clinic. Together, we are driving change. Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

The Senior Personal Assistant supporting the TRU SVP and EA enables efficiency, effectiveness, and maximum impact for the Dicerna TRU and related sites. Reporting to the SVP, this position will directly contribute to Dicerna TRU by providing administrative support for business matters across the TRU. This position operates as an important driver in assisting the SVP and EA with administrative support in the TRU both internally and externally with key stakeholders.



This role will report to the TRU SVP, Dicerna TRU.


Essential Functions

  • Supports the SVP and EA/Chief of Staff by managing designated correspondence, calendar management, project management, coordination of travel and other associated duties to facilitate optimal allocation of time and effort
  • Collaborates closely with across R&ED and the Value Chain administrators both on-site and globally to ensure alignment
  • Plans and executes TRU leadership off-sites
  • Functions autonomously, exercises discretion and sound judgement, and works independently on a variety of projects
  • May provide back-up support to other members of the administration team and provide site support and plan site events
  • Enables the SVP and EA to have maximum impact by ensuring that vision, strategy, and business priorities are properly communicated across the TRU
  • Prepares agenda for monthly TRU leadership team meeting; ensuring topics and pre-reads are available
  • Serves as a key resource to the TRU leadership team to maximize efficiency across management
  • Demonstrates clear instincts for prioritization and determining which situations should be elevated what can be addressed otherwise
  • Partners with Communication Team partnering in planning high profile internal and external events for TRU
  • Collaborates across the site(s) administrative staff to facilitate delivery of efficient office services, administration, and operations
  • Creates forum for site(s) administrative staff to meet and provides informal coaching/guidance


Physical Requirements

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



  • A high school diploma or GED
  • Requires a minimum of 8+ years’ prior experience as an Administrative Assistant / Executive Assistant, preferably in a large pharmaceutical environment
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, strategic and process driven
  • Requires top caliber interpersonal skills: ability to communicate, present, and explain across multiple cross-functional stakeholders, management levels and members of the leadership team
  • Must be a self-starter who assumes accountability for initiatives from start to completion
  • Requires complete integrity, presence, confidence, and flexibility in a dynamic, ever-changing environment
  • Must possess competence in making timely, effective decisions
  • Requires demonstrated computer skills and proficiency of Microsoft Office


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