Manager - Commercial Communications

Facility:  Communication and Corporate Affairs

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department         

The Communications Department brings the value of Novo Nordisk medicines and innovations to life through strategic communications that elevate our purpose, drive our business, foster our culture and enhance our reputation with patients, customers, employees and society in the US. Communications is comprised of four distinct yet synergistic teams that work collaboratively with a focus on proactive and progressive approaches to: Corporate Reputation & Brand; Commercial Communications; Enterprise & Leadership Communications; and Digital Channels & Content. We provide objective strategic communications counsel, an ability to flex with shifting organizational priorities and emerging needs and a strong focus on ethics and discretion with the sensitive information we are entrusted with. As part of Team Novo Nordisk, you will have an opportunity to work with extraordinary, energizing and diverse talent where your distinct perspectives and expertise are valued as we work together to change lives for the better.


The Position

This position is responsible for assisting in the planning, executing and tracking of internal and external communications plans in support of the Novo Nordisk Commercial Communications group, part of Novo Nordisk Inc (NNI) Communications. Provides communications expertise on various initiatives aligned with marketing and sales strategies, company vision and business priorities.



This position reports to the Associate Director, Commercial Communications and is an individual contributor. This position will interact with Marketing and Sales leaders, product brand managers and other areas across NNI and at times, NN/AS. Key external relationships include patients, professional and patient/consumer third party groups; media, and public relations agencies, vendors and freelancers.


Essential Functions

  • Commercial Communications
    • Supports the development and implementation of proactive communications and media relations strategies to enhance the business goals and strategies of Novo Nordisk, branded or unbranded and aligned to specific business objectives
    • Works with Communications leads to implement communication plans and publicize business milestones within the Commercial businesses and more broadly across the Enterprise
    • Helps develops short and long-term strategic functional plans for brands within Marketing (diabetes and obesity), as well as the pipeline and BioPharm, when necessary
    • Supports efforts to drive positive media coverage for Novo Nordisk in business, financial and consumer press to enhance visibility of the company and its brands in coordination with Media Relations lead
    • Supports marketing sponsorships tied directly to Novo Nordisk and brands
    • Works with patient ambassadors to create meaningful programs, branded and non-branded, for Novo Nordisk
    • Coordinates cross functionally within the NNI Communications department to create content for non-branded and branded corporate and social media channels Ensures all programming is done compliantly, with close partnerships with legal, regulatory, compliance and medical.
  • Pipeline Communications
    • Supports the development and implementation of communications programs and public relations strategies for pipeline products pre- and post-launch, including directing U.S. media and advocacy strategies for Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee meetings
  • Measurement
    • Charts progress and adjusts plans/tactics accordingly, holds agencies accountable for delivering on measurement targets
    • Accountable for executing programs within budget parameters, directing the activities of external public relations agencies


Physical Requirements

10-20% overnight travel required.



  • A minimum of 8 years of communications or other relevant related experience required. Candidates with 6+ years of experience accompanied by an advanced degree can be considered
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required. Advanced degree preferred
  • Experience in a public relations agency environment and/or the pharmaceutical industry preferred. Experience in sales or another marketing function will be considered
  • Ability to work under tight timelines, in what can be a stressful environment with limited planning or preparation
  • Ability to demonstrate strategic planning and business writing
  • Proven ability to effectively manage projects and influence individuals
  • Able to work effectively in a cross-functional, collaborative environment with global as well as regional considerations and, sometimes, political implications
  • Proven understanding of social media platforms and digital strategies


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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