Associate Director - Research Partnerships (Multiple Positions)

Facility:  Marketing and Market Access

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                               

The Clinical, Medical and Regulatory (CMR) department at Novo Nordisk is one of the most diverse and collaborative groups within the organization. From health-care-provider interactions and developing and implementing regulatory strategies with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to providing medical education and collecting data to support efficacy and new product development, CMR is involved. The one thing that keeps us all marching to the same beat is our patient-centered focus. At Novo Nordisk, you will help patients around the world. As their needs evolve, so does our challenge to find better and more innovative ways to improve their quality of life. We’re changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

The Associate Director, Research Partnerships (RP) supports the Director, Research Partnerships as the external facing-arm of the larger Clinical Development and Outcomes Research team, bringing in research-related insights from external healthcare stakeholders to Novo Nordisk, Inc. (NNI).  The RP team plays an important role in setting the research agenda for the organization by actively engaging with external researchers within a specific channel (e.g., health systems, payers, and/or employers) in order to understand unmet evidence needs from the channel perspective and to drive collaborative research when scientific interests for that channel overlap with Novo Nordisk's prioritized evidence needs.


The Associate Director, RP will work within a matrixed environment at NNI alongside Health Economics & Outcomes Research (HEOR) Strategy, Medical Affairs, Real-World Data Science and Innovation, Market Access, and Clinical Development, among others. Externally, this individual will be the lead for research within specific accounts and is accountable for partnership and project timelines, budget, deliverables, and publications, all while complying with Novo Nordisk policies and procedures.


The key deliverable for this role will be the execution and publication of innovative research projects that are compelling to decision makers and are aligned with NNI evidence needs and research strategy.



This position reports to the Senior Director, Research Partnerships. The Associate Director works very closely with the Director, Research Partnerships, along with a number of NNI functions including Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Marketing, Market Access, Regional Teams, Public Affairs, Legal, and other key internal stakeholders.  In the execution of specific projects, the Associate Director, Research Partnerships will convene the NNI cross-functional project team to co-develop the research protocol and analysis plan, interpret results, and publish findings with the external partners.


Essential Functions

  • The incumbent must understand the US market landscape and serve as an expert to ensure the right input is provided from the external healthcare stakeholder perspective to Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Market Access, Regional Teams, Public Affairs, Legal, and other key internal stakeholders. Incumbent will be responsible for facilitating effective working sessions to advance projects jointly with external partners
  • Responsible for project management, including protocol design, analytic plan development, oversight of data collection/acquisition, data analysis, and development of research findings into publications in alignment with Medical Affairs and commercial strategies
  • Continually communicate with internal stakeholders on Research Partnerships active projects, and study results to ensure and increase visibility and use of the team’s work
  • Investigate cutting edge and innovative research ideas underway at partner organizations and bring those insights back into NNI for future research strategy development
  • Design tools and materials based on the research for Novo Nordisk internal communication and also, when applicable, for external communications by Field Medical Affairs (FMA) and other functions
  • The incumbent will have a proven track record of strong methodological expertise in addition to impeccable stakeholder management and negotiation skills
  • The individual in this role must also be a quintessential team-player, due to the team-based nature of this type of research


Physical Requirements

10-20% overnight travel required.  Home office based position.  Can be located anywhere in the United States. Novo Nordisk requires all employees, both Field and Office-based, to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine by November 15, 2021. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. You will be required to upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccine card at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment.



  • A PhD (preferred) or master’s degree in appropriate healthcare-related field (heath economics, epidemiology, outcomes research, public health, business/health services research, biostatistics, medicine, biomedical sciences)
  • At least 4 years of experience in health economics, outcomes research, market access, public affairs, pricing, reimbursement, medical affairs, and/or portfolio analysis, with at least 2 years in the pharmaceutical industry, payor or healthcare
    Adequate knowledge and experience in conducting health economics, health services research studies, real world research and the evaluation of health care interventions
  • Keen knowledge of health care systems in the U.S., including managed care organizations, integrated health systems, Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBMs), Medicare, and Medicaid
  • Strong knowledge of healthcare big data and applications
  • Demonstrated track record of peer-reviewed scientific publications, dossier development, and strategic, customer-focused tool development
  • Experience in preparing or reviewing materials for drug formularies
  • Proven record of outstanding written and verbal communication and negotiation skills, with experience interacting with and presenting to key customers


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


The base compensation range for this position is $180,000 to $200,000. Base compensation is determined based on a number of factors.  In addition, this position is part of the Annual Performance Incentive Plan. The role may also be eligible for a long-term incentive bonus depending on level and other Company factors. 


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.


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