Specialist - Contracts

Facility:  Legal, Compliance and Audit

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                        

Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA) is comprised of our Legal and Patents functions. We depend on our LCA 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

Provides high level legal support for the contract management function. Includes drafting and first line negotiation of contracts. Independently identifies and suggests solutions to complex legal issues. Acts as the lead on process improvement initiatives and other key projects with regards to contract management.



Reports to a Senior Attorney, Transactional. Interacts with all attorneys in the Legal Department. Also interacts with individuals in other NNI departments and affiliate companies as well as third party vendors.


Essential Functions

  • Review, draft and negotiate a variety of agreements such as nondisclosure agreements, master agreements, consulting agreements and Statement of Work (SOWs)
  • Review and update contract templates
  • Close interaction with cross-functional business teams to understand full scope of internal needs and vendor services
  • Ability to utilize fallback guide to complete initial review of redlined agreements
  • Complete high volumes of tasks and projects quickly with little guidance, react with appropriate urgency to situations and events that require a quick response or turnaround
  • Client-service oriented, have great attention to detail while still meeting tight deadlines, have great organization skills and have the ability to easily switch gears
  • A high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information and professionalism in dealing with senior professionals inside and outside the company are essential



  • A Bachelor’s degree required; relevant experience may be substituted for degree where appropriate
  • Paralegal Certification preferred
  • A minimum of 7 years of paralegal experience or relevant contract administration experience required
  • Ability to work autonomously with minimal guidance on core tasks
  • At least 3 years of pharmaceutical industry experience preferred
  • Comprehensive understanding of the business and day-to-day operations
  • Excellent organizational, planning and follow-through skills
  • Must be a self-starter; flexible, customer-focused, and have a professional demeanor
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and patent docketing systems/databases (where applicable)
  • Strong analytical, research, and organizational skills required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required
  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize required


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.


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.