Senior Counsel

Facility:  Legal, Compliance and Audit

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                        

Legal is comprised of our Legal and Patents functions. We depend on our Legal team to help drive growth and maintain the highest level of standards and practices across all of our legal efforts. It’s a tall order, which is why we only hire those who thrive on protecting the interests of our patients, employees and business, all while creating and implementing efficient and innovative solutions. As part of the team, you’ll work with employees across the organization to oversee legal matters and provide guidance on strategies that drive business and policy priorities and shape the reputation of Novo Nordisk Inc. (NNI). At Novo Nordisk, your skills, dedication and ambition will help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we’ll offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent and benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development. Are you ready to realize your potential?


The Position

Provide legal counsel to global healthcare company on relevant issues involving application of U.S. law, regulations, and industry standards.



Reports to Chief Counsel - Pricing, Market Access & Government Affairs. Acts as counsel for particular customer group(s) and other supporting business functions and interacts with headquarters and other affiliates as needed. Regularly collaborates with other attorneys and compliance professionals.


May interact with government agencies, law firms, trade organizations and other external agencies.


Essential Functions

  • Provide legal support to key stakeholders by assessing federal and state fraud and abuse laws and regulations, promotional regulations, regulatory guidance, enforcement and litigation activity, commercial payer and government payer contracting laws, competitor actions, consumer fraud, antitrust laws, and industry guidance
  • Proactively identifies risks, opportunities and mitigating actions, and collaborates across legal and business functions to implement
  • Keeps informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the company, and assists with development of policies and training as needed
  • Works closely with leadership from line of business in developing strategy and achieving objectives
  • May draft, review and negotiate contracts and other legal documents as needed
  • Upholds following approach to in-house counseling:
    • Upholding and modeling ethical behavior and conduct at all times
  • High levels of consistency in legal advice (actual and perceived by explaining differences to clients)
  • Seek alignment up and across Legal, in advance of client meetings as much as reasonably possible
  • High levels of ownership, accountability and pride by lawyers with respect to their work
  • Actively seeking customer feedback on a continuous basis, actively listening and clarifying feedback, and acting in response as needed
  • Legal advice is clear as to the risk types, level, likelihood
  • Business-focused advice rather than abstract legal possibilities
  • Proactive, value-added legal role
  • Performs other duties as assigned by senior management


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.

Novo Nordisk requires all employees, both Field and Office-based, to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first date of employment. 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 J.D. degree is required with a minimum of 4+ years relevant legal experience. Some in-house experience preferred, but not required.
  • A State Bar admission required
  • Admission to New Jersey Bar (either plenary or under limited license to practice as in-house counsel) will be required
  • Experience within (or advising) the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry is required
  • Strong problem-solving skills - demonstrates and exercises creativity and initiative
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills - able to effectively collaborate and communicate with client groups, senior management and executives within the company
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and independently


Millions rely on us 
At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. 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.


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.