Manager - Site Management

Facility:  Clinical Development and Medical

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                               

The Clinical, Medical and Regulatory (CMR) department at Novo Nordisk is one of the most diverse and collaborative groups within the organization. From health-care-provider interactions and developing and implementing regulatory strategies with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to providing medical education and collecting data to support efficacy and new product development, CMR is involved. The one thing that keeps us all marching to the same beat is our patient-centered focus. At Novo Nordisk, you will help patients around the world. As their needs evolve, so does our challenge to find better and more innovative ways to improve their quality of life. We’re changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

Heading a team of Clinical Site and Start-Up Associates ensuring timely site activation and start-up for trial deliverables to be met. The direct reports of the role are working closely with site staff to obtain IRB approvals, translations, regulatory documents, system access and shipment of ancillary supplies during start-up as well as in the conduct phase. Provides tactical leadership to staff within the Site Management (SM) function of North America Clinical Operations (NACO). Takes ownership to position & deliver upon near & mid-term NACO goals, including those specifically aligned with the planning & successful delivery of studies within the clinical trial portfolio. Leads & delivers upon improvement/innovation projects for the department (subset) of NACO and/or as part of a global team and as aligned to a business case, goals &/or future aspirations. Provides leadership in continually changing environment, supporting a future focused approach, leveraging competencies, tools and technology, and with change management skills. Ensures business needs are met through alignment of business plans and operational need and by efficiencies and optimization of resource allocation. Responsibility for quality and performance related to managing clinical trial sites, document handling and trial product handling.



Reports to a Senior Manager (or above) within (NACO). Manages mutually beneficial relationships with external partners relevant to the design & implementation of clinical trials improvement/innovation projects for NACO & Novo Nordisk (e.g., vendors, Health Systems, Contract Research Organizations & Site Management Organizations etc.). Manages relationships positively with multiple internal stakeholders relevant to the design & implementation of clinical trials improvement/innovation projects for NACO & Novo Nordisk (e.g., across NACO, CMR, International Operations (IO), HQ R&D, & Commercial). Supervisory responsibilities for direct reports (>2).


Essential Functions

  • Drives the objective setting, prioritization & tracking within the function & for direct/indirect reports; provides relevant input and guidance to other areas within NACO
  • Ensures alignment & support is in place to plan & deliver all relevant services/tasks in support of the design, planning & quality delivery of clinical trials (including required staffing, training & processes)
  • Develops & manages relevant budgets – including compiling, forecasting, tracking & revising
  • Trains, develops & engages staff as required across NACO by assuring training plans (NACO level & project level) are developed & deployed within the function & for direct/indirect reports
  • Demonstrates technical expertise within responsibility areas, staying up-to-date of new practices and building knowledge of emerging trends and advances within area


Physical Requirements

10-20% overnight travel required; May require occasional work outside of standard business hours to support special requests/events. The manager would prefer a candidate local to the Plainsboro NJ office but the incumbent can work remotely from anywhere in the Unites States. 



  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred
  • A minimum of 7 years’ experience in the design, planning and conduct of GCP clinical trials; with at least 2 of those most recent years working as an employee in clinical, medical and/or regulatory in the pharmaceutical industry (Pharma/Biotech/CRO)
  • Expert in ICH-GCP principles and the application of those principles to trial design, planning & conduct of clinical trials
  • In-depth knowledge & direct experience/interactions with the FDA (or equivalent regulatory authority) in relation to the design, planning & conduct of GCP clinical trials
  • Excellent communications skills (verbal, written, presentation) in English
  • Foundational skills in designing and implementing innovation/improvement initiatives, including the required change management
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in peer-to-peer coaching/mentoring is required
  • Demonstrated collaborative and stakeholder management skills


In compliance with Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, see compensation and benefits below: 


The base compensation range for this position is $120K to $150. Base compensation is determined based on a number of factors.  In addition, this position is part of the Annual Performance Incentive Plan. The role may also be eligible for a long-term incentive bonus depending on level and other Company factors. 


Employees are also eligible to participate in Company employee benefit programs including medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; disability insurance; 401(k) savings plan; flexible spending accounts; employee assistance program; tuition reimbursement program; and voluntary benefits such as group legal, critical illness, identity theft protection, pet insurance and auto/home insurance. The Company also offers time off pursuant to its uncapped sick time policy, flex-able vacation policy, and parental leave policy. 

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.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.