Associate Director - Capabilities Employee Experience

Facility:  Human Resource Management

Plainsboro, NJ, 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?


*Remote Position.  This position can be located anywhere in the United States.


The Position

The Associate Director of Capabilities, Novo Nordisk Inc (NNI) Employee Experience will proactively lead/execute the development of medium to high complexity commercial learning curriculum within assigned areas of responsibility. This will get accomplished under the leadership of the Director, Capabilities and business sponsors within the curriculum. This individual will performance consult with client groups to assess business gaps and propose solutions within. Will be responsible to proactively help build and evolve prioritized capabilities in pursuit of measurable business outcomes. Learning solution development should be innovative, while meeting the needs of the modern professional and learner.



Reports to the Director, Capabilities NNI Employee Experience. Closely collaborates with all levels of management within the business units, when sponsoring or serving as SMEs. Interacts with Field Sales Leadership and/or HO Leadership, Sales Execution, Marketing, Medical staff and other home office personnel regarding NNI training needs and proposed initiatives. Partners closely with Global colleagues (i.e. P&O, Medical, Global Product Directors, etc.). External relationships may include interaction with various outside partners to support In-House and Field L&D needs and/or facilitation. Ownership of National Strategic L&D Initiatives require matrix team leadership to completion of desired project outcome (project core team, business sponsor, training sponsor, stakeholders, client group(s) etc.).


Essential Functions

  • With alignment from the Director, Capabilities, design/develop learning plan & measurement strategies 
  • Build and manage end to end complex curriculum
  • Effectively establish, deepen and sustain key relationships with business leaders and senior level managers to understand their business needs and related performance gaps
  • Lead collaborative efforts with stakeholders to define desired performance outcomes; provide feedback and coaching on issues related to learning programs and policies
  • Through performance consulting, identify performance needs and gaps and facilitate delivery of learning solutions to the business, when appropriate
  • Monitor, analyze, interpret, and report internal trends; make recommendations for learning solutions for the division or function, as appropriate
  • Ensure successful learning outcomes by directing the identification and translation of the client’s learning needs into a defined learning strategy and implemented solutions
  • Liaise & partner with Capabilities team colleagues to align on curricula and content
  • Liaise and partner with business management leads, to ensure relevance and value of curriculum
  • Deliver training as appropriate
  • Follow & champion established department SOPs
  • Responsible for learning plan execution and updates within
  • Develop direct reports, focusing on enhanced skills with performance consulting, project management, experience design, measurement & evaluation, executive presence
  • Partner within NNI Employee Experience and Global P&O colleagues to design, develop, curate, co-create learning solutions, as needed


Physical Requirements

20-30% overnight travel required.



  • A Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years in pharmaceutical sales, management, and/or sales training experience.  Prior applicable Novo Nordisk experience will apply 
  • A minimum of 3 years of front-line or district sales management experience preferred. Experience with leading curriculum, capabilities and learning experience development required.  Marketing and/or sales operations experience a plus.  Design/development experience preferred
  • Executive presence - ability to impact and influence and interact with senior business leaders and partners
  • Proven track record or sales performance results preferred
  • Strategic planning experience within sales or training preferred
  • Strong cross-functional leader and communicator preferred
  • Strong strategic and business analysis skills preferred


In compliance with Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, see compensation and benefits below: 


The base compensation range for this position is $155,000 to $180,000. Base compensation is determined based on a number of factors.  In addition, this position is part of the sales incentive compensation program. The role may also be eligible for a long-term incentive bonus depending on level and other Company factors.  The position is eligible for a company car through the Company’s FLEET program.  


Employees are also eligible to participate in Company employee benefit programs including medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; disability insurance; 401(k) savings plan; flexible spending accounts; employee assistance program; tuition reimbursement program; and voluntary benefits such as group legal, critical illness, identity theft protection, pet insurance and auto/home insurance. The Company also offers time off pursuant to its uncapped sick time policy, flex-able vacation policy, and parental leave policy.  

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.