Senior Manager - Rare Diseases Data Partner

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

The Senior Manager - Rare Diseases Data Partner is responsible for partnering with the Rare Diseases business unit to drive the effective use of data to address key business problems and opportunities. The senior manager will act as a trusted advisor to the Rare Diseases team, supported by broader Data Strategy department. The senior manager is responsible for partnering with strategic stakeholders to define data strategy, support key analytics & reporting initiatives, defining solutions to meet business needs, defining data management resource needs, managing work efforts between IT and business areas and managing project delivery efforts, where applicable.


The senior manager will be responsible for developing and prioritizing the roadmap of key data initiatives across the Rare Diseases business unit. The senior manager will also be responsible for advancing data governance standards and best practices within NNI to support our rare diseases ambitions.



This role reports to the Senior Director - Data Strategy and is accountable for actively participating in multiple internal cross-functional teams locally and globally. The senior manager will need to effectively manage multiple stakeholders and the associated activities related to prioritized initiatives.  External relationships are with multiple data vendors in support of business objectives for cross-functional stakeholders.


Essential Functions

  • Partners with Rare Diseases business unit and supporting departments to develop understanding of core business / analytical problems and identified data driven solutions to prioritized items

  • Supports commercialization efforts within the rare diseases space, defining the data strategy to support data driven decision making from opportunity identification to product launch and execution

  • Defines key projects, drives prioritization and manages roadmap of Rare Diseases Data Partnership collaborative projects

  • Provides data governance, data management and consultancy support for long term Novo Nordisk Inc (NNI) strategic initiatives including priorities outlined by NNI enterprise strategy, NNI digitalization strategy, new product areas and new market areas

  • Provides support to Rare Diseases business unit exploring new therapeutic areas, services or external partnerships ensuring appropriate data information and pricing are available for decision making

  • Functions as business project management lead on prioritized data driven / analytics focused initiatives; serves as strategic data and analytics consultant on prioritized projects, guiding various aspects of the project from data acquisition to outcome sharing / democratization

  • Leads acquisition and integration of identified data assets into NNI to support prioritized projects and answer business questions

  • Ensures organizational best practices, standard toolsets and training are embedded in Rare Diseases business unit

  • Implements data strategy solutions and instills data governance best practices within Rare Diseases business unit

  • Provides data management support to broader department and on specific prioritized projects

  • Defines near and long-term data and analytics needs for supported departments; partners to enable data and capabilities

  • Ensures cross org utilization of data & analytic best practices and alignment to defined policies within NNI

  • Drives alignment of customer data across departments, supporting 360 degree of customers

  • Drives integration of data assets with master data systems to ensure data could be utilized to derive 360 view of customers, improving our ability to address key business questions

  • Leads steering committees around prioritized projects

  • Coordinates activities between business and technology stakeholders

  • Advises stakeholders on data policies, processes and standards ensuring any data breech is appropriately addressed

  • Drives and manages the data definitions and business rule processes

  • Establishes patient data policies and guidelines through data governance best practices

  • Resolves data conflicts across business and technical areas

  • Manages communication on data change management and activities

  • Provides direction on creation of IT interface agreements ensuring all required data attributes are accounted for in file transfers from internal to external sources to support downstream patient data reporting

  • Engages with global counterparts in procurement and analytics to support and structure purchases of US data assets

  • Partners with IT to drive enhancements and improvements to backend processes related to aligned data, ensuring that they are functioning properly

  • Partners with procurement team in development of data RFP engagements through participation in contract negotiations supporting renewal of existing or new data purchases

  • Provides strategic and tactical direction to stakeholders in supported departments

  • Upholds data quality standards for all incoming/outgoing data deliverables via monitoring and troubleshooting data issues

  • Identifies, evaluates and recommends new data sources to drive outcomes


Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.



  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in Math, Science, Business Administration, or related field. Master’s degree preferred

  • Minimum 5 years experience in related data or analytics functions in the pharmaceutical industry required

  • Minimum 5 years related project management experience in the pharmaceutical or similar field required

  • Experience in the rare diseases space preferred, but not required

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously

  • Knowledge of major pharmaceutical patient data sources required

  • Proficiency in analytics tools/systems, such as Tableau and Qlik preferred

  • Ability to work with all levels within the organization

  • Strong analytic skills required

  • Requires an expanded understanding of the core issues surrounding data, including the patient data privacy landscape

  • Excellent communication skills


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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