Associate Director - Total Rewards Project Management - North America

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 People & Organization team. Our P&O 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?


This position can be based out of our Plainsboro, NJ or Lexington, MA location and follows all NNI guidance for remote/in office dedicated time. EST time-zone hours.


The Position

The Associate Director – Total Rewards Project Management NA will lead Total Rewards projects related to mergers & acquisitions (M&A), business development projects, legal entity changes, and harmonization activity for Total Rewards programs and processes.



Reports to VP – Total Rewards North America. Partners across all areas of Total Rewards including global equity and mobility. Major stakeholders include P&O management team, Finance, and Corporate Business Development.


Essential Functions

  • Plan, organize, and lead integrations related to Total Rewards programs to achieve project objectives within scope, time, quality, and budget constraints
  • Provide due diligence support including but not limited to:
    • Complete Total Rewards side-by-side comparisions
    • Identify any potential engagement challenges and make recommendations
    • Help identify liabilities or cost implications
    • Help assess compliance with applicable benefit regulations
    • Review benefit contracts, policy expiration dates and termination provisions
  • Update and conduct benefits onboarding sessions
  • Assist with job leveling activity, fixed and variable compensation reviews
  • Partner with NA Total Rewards team to coordinate registrations with external vendors for various TR programs
  • Provide Total Rewards guidance and overall consultation on Novo Nordisk’s Total Rewards programs to HRBPs, Legal team, Talent COE, and Managers
  • Ensure alignment with Global Total Rewards leadership team and that process documents, policy documents, shared service documents and trainings are updated
  • Participate as the Total Rewards lead on cross-functional projects that cut across different job families, focusing on cross-functional optimization and harmonization projects
  • Support key decisions throughout the project, including milestones and scope changes
  • Develop project schedules, timelines, and milestones for each project to drive the project, ensuring clarity and order through proper planning and organizing
  • Apply essential project management tools and methods to ensure project success


Physical Requirements

Approximately 25-50% overnight travel.



  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; Certification in M&A principles, Compensation (CCP), Project Management (PMP), Global Remuneration (GRP) and/or Benefits (CBP) is preferred
  • A minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in HR, with at least 6+ years of progressive compensation and benefits experience and a comprehensive understanding of Total Rewards practices, programs and design
  • Requires 2+ years experience leading and managing legal entity integrations, mergers, or acquisitions with successful outcomes
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations relating to compensation and benefits
  • Vendor management and program implementation experience
  • Proven experience as a project manager in mergers, acquisitions, and/or total rewards
  • Strong knowledge of project management principles, methodologies, and tools
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills, with the ability to effectively manage cross-functional stakeholders
  • Facilitate decision making and issue resolution
  • Foundational expertise with job leveling, market pricing, and variable compensation
  • Foundational expertise with managing and implementing health, welfare, and retirement plans within North America
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with stakeholders at all levels
  • Proven experience leading large scale change management initiatives with proven results
  • A proactive and results-oriented mindset, with a focus on delivering high-quality outcomes


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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