Associate - NNI Consulting

Facility:  General Management and Administration

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department 

At Novo Nordisk, our Finance and Operations team is the engine that elevates holistic commercialization of our products. The Finance and Operations team works closely with the business across the organization to guide enterprise wide resource allocations, investment choices, drive core operations and develop insights to drive growth and operational excellence across the value chain while innovating for future capabilities. We regulate accounting, uphold workplace safety, manage our supply chain and sampling, support technology, provide commercial operations, insights & analytics, maintain our facilities and assure the integrity and completeness of all business transactions. At Novo Nordisk, you will have the opportunity to build a life-changing career in a global business environment. We encourage our employees to make the most of their talent. And we reward hard work and dedication with the opportunity for continuous learning and personal development. Are you ready to realize your potential?


The Position

Novo Nordisk Inc. (NNI) Consulting is our in-house management consultancy for the entire North America enterprise. We work on high impact projects across the value chain, from business transformation to launch support. Projects can be strategic or operational in nature, but are always important to NNI, as a member of our Executive team sponsors every project.


The team reports to NNI's CFO/COO. As a part of the team, you will work closely with business executives on high impact projects to rethink and reshape business priorities and collaborate across teams to understand complex business problems across the firm's value chain. The projects involve high visibility, steep learning, and contribution to highly impactful causes. Projects cut across strategy and operations and provide an opportunity to gain insight into functional and therapeutic areas across the firm. Consulting services include business transformation, commercial operations, commercial strategy, market access, growth strategy, operating model optimization, technology implementation, crisis management, and enterprise transformation.



Reports to the head of NNI Consulting or NNI Consulting Senior Leadership.


Key stakeholders include Global Novo Nordisk Consulting Team, Project relevant key stakeholders.


Essential Functions

Project Execution:

  • Supports a project lead by executing on tasks/ workstreams in line with project lead expectations

  • Structure issues once identified. Can apply hypotheses and structure problem solving sessions

  • Prepares project plans with draft milestones and meets deadlines (high quality output) with support from NNI Consulting project lead

  • Facilitates data gathering and captures notes from interviews with internal and external input providers with support from NNI Consulting project lead

  • With minimal guidance, demonstrates an ability to structure and execute on quantitative and qualitative analyses and support development of recommendations

  • Prepares slides using conscious application of structured communication approaches (e.g. top-down vs. bottom-up) with support from NNI Consulting project lead

  • Creates project structure via minutes, scheduling necessary project meetings, ensures appropriate meeting cadence

Department Support:

  • Participates in and contributes to department meetings and other internal Novo Nordisk wide and department specific activities

Other Areas of Responsibility:

  • Provides upwards feedback to senior colleagues and takes responsibility for own development e.g. by responding constructively to feedback

  • Participates in internal and external training

  • Demonstrates exceptional drive, initiative, a can-do attitude, and a fast ability to learn (both internally and in project settings)


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.



  • A Bachelor's in Economic, Scientific, Engineering or a related field is required

  • 1-year professional relevant experience preferred

  • Working understanding of pharmaceutical industry is a plus

  • Project and/or Consulting experience is a plus

  • A demonstrated aptitude to quickly learn general business processes (Marketing, Access, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, etc.)

  • Good presentation skills

  • Aptitude for creating structured top-down written and oral communication with coaching

  • Good analytical visualization skills

  • Proficient in using PC tools (PowerPoint and Excel) is required with an interest in process improvement and functional capabilities

  • Strong language and presentation skills (written and oral) with executive presence to address any level of management

  • Ability to adapt, and efficiently pivot with ever-changing business needs, deadlines, or evolving circumstances. Ability to meet tight deadlines and manage ambiguity and demonstrate professional flexibility.


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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