Manager - Cycle Planning & Operations

Facility:  Marketing and Market Access

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                                 

At Novo Nordisk, our Strategy, Finance, and Operations team works to provide strategic direction to the company, ensuring that everything we do is viable and built to last. Overseeing and safeguarding Novo Nordisk’s short and long-term planning, the Strategy, Finance and Operations team works closely with the business across the organization to develop strategies and business plans, monitor industry trends, and provide operating recommendations. We regulate accounting, uphold workplace safety, manage our supply chain and sampling, support technology, provide commercial 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

This position is responsible to providing process management to Commercial Sales and Marketing as it relates to the development and execution of the cyclical Plans of Action (POAs). This position will partner with Portfolio & Brand Leads and Sales Execution to create the POA storyline and will lead the POA core team. Additionally, this role is responsible for providing ad hoc support to the Associate Director, Cycle Planning & Operations as it relates to following areas: Enterprise Business Planning & Functional Resource Planning (FRP), NOVO CONNECT platform management & development, and special project support, and other department-related activities.



This position reports to the Associate Director. The position is the lead for the Cardiometabolic & BioPharm Marketing departments through the development and implementation of Portfolio plans and the achievement of Novo Nordisk P&L goals for all products.


This position is accountable for cultivating and enhancing relationships with key departmental and cross-functional stakeholders, in particular those responsible for POA Execution. This includes, but is not limited to, Cardiometabolic & BioPharm Marketing, Sales Execution, Commercial Learning & Development (CL&D) and Commercial Operations. , External relationships include various partnerships with Novo Nordisk Production and Logistics Agencies.


Essential Functions

  • This role is primarily focused on leading and serving as the departmental liaison for all essential department processes and programs related to POA, including but not limited to:
  • Serving as the POA Core Team Lead
  • Serving as the on-site contact for all Pre-POA and POA Meetings for logistics, vendors, POA Materials, and other ad hoc requests from relevant stakeholders on any other POA-related issues or actions
  • Developing relevant departmental deadlines, coordinating the marketing training requirements, contributing to the development of Pre-POA and POA agendas, coordinating & scheduling review meetings & rehearsals with marketers as required, scheduling and execution of regular cross functional team meetings, and managing delivery of POA-related tactics in a timely and accurate manner
  • Creating, refining, and maintaining POA activity tracker & POA Development Calendar
  • Developing strategic partnerships with each channel to help in the development of successful POA meetings and cycles
  • Working with Portfolio and Brand partners to create POA storyline
  • Aligning Portfolio and Brand Strategies to key Marketing milestones
  • Leading POA cycle planning to ensure alignment of brand positioning with field execution
  • Leading established content owners through communication and timelines for each POA Cycle, and ensuring Brand teams adherence to POA Development Calendar
  • Managing the development of POA Pre-Work, including, requirements gathering, input sessions, PRB submissions and reviews, filming, post production, and LMS posting, etc.
  • Liaising with CL&D to ensure alignment with Brand Objectives, timely PRB submissions, print, and distribution timelines
  • Managing the gathering of supporting documents and other materials for the POA Cycle
  • Making proactive recommendations to the team regarding POA planning and related items
  • Working with the Associate Director, Marketing Operations to present solid POA Cycle & Pathway /Launch plans to include Portfolio & Brand objectives for management endorsement through annual functional planning process, and provide updates to Commercial Operations leadership team (CO LT), Business Unit leadership team (BU LT) and Executive Team (ET) when necessary
  • This role also provides assistance to the Associate Director, Cycle Planning & Operations as it relates to: Enterprise Business Planning & Functional Resource Planning (FRP), NOVO CONNECT platform management & development, managing projects/tasks related to the department, establishing processes and operational excellence, and ensuring deliverables and objectives are met


Physical Requirements

10-20% overnight travel required.


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 Bachelor’s degree is required
  • Minimum of 5 years' tradeshow/event planning, project management, sales and/or product management/marketing experience required
  • Demonstrated computer skills along with a intermediate understanding of technology development processes
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical marketing department functions and processes
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience strongly preferred
  • Prior experience in working with public relations and advertising agency vendors preferred
  • The ability to organize and manage multiple projects/processes simultaneously
  • The ability to work effectively and efficiently across departments


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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