International Medical Director

Facility:  Medical Affairs

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                             

Our East Coast Global Development Hub brings together the best minds in life science innovation with facilities in Lexington, MA and Plainsboro, NJ. We support programs from early research through late-stage clinical development. We are building for the future, creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple innovative modalities and therapeutic areas. Our East Coast Global Development Hub merges biotech speed and agility with large pharmaceutical company quality, resources, and stability, uniting the best of both worlds to develop new medicines for patients. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. We’re changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

The Medical Director serves as the subject matter expert for our products and related data within a Therapeutic Area. The Medical Director is a team player, detail oriented with prior research experience, either in academia or industry.


In this role, Medical Director helps develop multiple products within the liver disease team working with MASH and ALD projects covering clinical drug development from preclinical assessment through Phase 1-4.. In doing so, the Medical Director will work across different functional teams to support the design and execution of clinical trials, the drafting of medical/ scientific documents, safety monitoring, and data analyses. The Medical Director will also assist the Sr. Medical Director in the development and execution of strategic priorities within a therapeutic area, help develop PRO and biomarker strategies.



Reports to: Senior Medical Director


Work with the Clinical Operations, Non-Clinical Research, Medical Writing, Program Management, CMC and Regulatory Affairs teams.


Will be interfacing with both internal and external stakeholders including KOLs and Principal Investigators.


Essential Functions

  • Support the MASH and ALD team as the clinical lead for assigned programs to both internally and externally facing stakeholders
  • Provide clinical and scientific expertise to the design of studies, writing of protocols and other study and regulatory-related documents
  • Participate in the analysis and interpretation of data, ensure integrity of trial data, and assist in reporting of study results including preparation of scientific summaries, abstracts and manuscripts
  • Provide leadership in the execution of clinical trials
  • Ensure compliance with SOPs, ICH, GCP and other national and international regulatory requirements
  • Work with, Clinical Operations, Non-Clinical Research, Medical Writing, Program Management, CMC and Regulatory Affairs teams to deliver and drive the timely completion of all clinical activities related to emerging clinical-stage programs
  • Serve as a leading member, or participant, at multiple internal review groups and utilize novel and creative methods to resolve clinical development problems
  • Work with the larger Global Project Team to deliver excellent medical support for clinical-stage programs
  • Interface with US/international regulatory authorities, as appropriate, in support of the development objectives for the and assist Regulatory Strategy staff in the compilation of submissions and in the responses to inquiries
  • Lend clinical expertise to the Statistical Analysis Plan development and data management, and work closely with statistical programming and data management on the project level
  • Act as a liaison between the company and clinical site investigators and KOLs
  • Interface with Safety Review Committees and Data Safety Monitoring Committees
  • Participate in safety review meetings and providing medical monitoring of ongoing clinical trials


Physical Requirements

10-20% overnight travel required.



  • MD or the international equivalent is required
  • 1+ years Pharmaceutical/Biotech industry experience, including time managing clinical trials, or academic clinical research background
  • Working knowledge of the drug development process required.
  • Strong scientific background with experience in reviewing & interpreting scientific and study data is required
  • Track record of scientific publications strongly preferred
  • Team player who works collaboratively in a challenging team matrix environment
  • Ability to work independently to resolve challenges and conflicts
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Integrity, honesty and highest ethical standards and a sense of personal accountability
  • Quickly adapt and provide innovative solutions to challenges as they present themselves




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.


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