Head of Patient Advocacy

Category:  Corporate Affairs

Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, ES


Are you a dynamic professional with a track record of developing cross-functional strategies and projects in the field of Patient Advocacy? Would you like to lead the team that helps amplifying the voice of the patients living with chronic diseases? If your answer is YES to these questions, we have an interesting job opportunity for you as our new Patient Advocacy Head at Novo Nordisk Spain.



The position


As our Patient Advocacy Head, you will design and execute the Novo Nordisk’s Patient Advocacy Strategy, with the aim to support Patients Associations to its legitimate right to have better health.

You will be the responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of patient’s relations within the organization. This includes building and maintaining positive relationships with patient’s associations/caregivers and ensure Novo Nordisk positioning and reputation among these stakeholder’s groups.


Some of your responsibilities will be to:


  • Lead, manage and develop direct reports through Novo Nordisk Way principles, ensuring a high-performance mind-set and results of both individual and team.
  • Build and maintain relationships with patient advocacy groups, patient communities, and key stakeholders. Also, represent the organization in public patient forums and engage with policymakers to advance patient-centred policies.
  • Collaborate with internal teams (e.g., Market Access & Public Affairs, Marketing, Medical Affairs) to ensure patient-centricity is incorporated into all initiatives and that their needs are met.
  • Develop and implement patient education programs and patient support programs to improve patient understanding of their health conditions and health condition management. Identify opportunities to engage with Patient Associations in clinical research and drug development processes.
  • Follow up and be updated on the national and regional status of the NN interest diseases to identify opportunities for public-private partnership.





  • Bachelor's degree in healthcare, public health, or a related field.
  • Proven experience setting and developing the Patient Advocacy strategy within a pharmaceutical company. Experience leading teams is also required for this role.
  • Deep understanding of patient-centricity and its importance in healthcare combined with good vision of the drug life-cycle. Knowledge of the Spanish Healthcare System will be an advantage.
  • Excellent communications skills both in Spanish and in English.


As a person you have strong leadership and collaborative skills. You thrive in fast-paced environment being able to manage competing priorities and make decisions autonomously. Candidates should also excel in stakeholder management at very different levels.  



About the Department


Under this role, you will be part of the Novo Nordisk Spain MAPA (Market Access & Public Affairs) management team, reporting to its Senior Director. MAPA covers different areas and engages diverse stakeholders across Political and National & Regional Healthcare landscape (Health Administration, Patient Associations, Media) to forge sustainable initiatives and solutions that drive patient access towards its innovative medicines and devices.

You will directly lead a team of Patient Advocacy experts and collaborate with a wide range of internal colleagues to achieve our company goals.





If you believe you are qualified and are willing to take the challenge, please submit your updated CV in our platform.





Please apply before 5th December 2023.



Working at Novo Nordisk


Novo Nordisk is its people. We know that life is anything but linear and balancing what is important at different stages of our career is never easy. That’s why we make room for diverse life situations, always putting people first. We value our employees for the unique skills they bring to the table, and we work continuously to bring out the best in 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 50,000 employees. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.




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.