Associate Director, Data Science Outsourcing Operations

Category:  Data & AI

Søborg, Capital Region of Denmark, DK

Are you ready to take on a leadership role in data science outsourcing operations? Do you have a passion for developing operational models and driving continuous improvement? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our global Data Science organization at Novo Nordisk. Apply today for a life-changing career! 


The position

The Associate Director, Outsourcing Operations is expected to develop and maintain close communication with: All areas, primarily in Clinical Drug Development, DRD, CMO, Regulatory and Safety, Research and Early Development, Legal, Corporate Communication, Novo Nordisk Management teams.


As an Associate Director, Data Science Outsourcing Operations, you will have the opportunity to:


  • Develop a robust operational model for outsourcing that includes partnership frameworks, governance, oversight, and risk mitigation/issue escalation strategies.
  • Establish strong working relationships between internal function teams and CRO partners, ensuring effective communication, collaboration, and project coordination.
  • Implement robust performance metrics and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of outsourcing initiatives and drive continuous improvement.
  • Identify and mitigate potential risks associated with outsourcing activities, proactively addressing challenges to ensure project timelines and quality standards are met. Co-author risk assessment plans with CRO partners.
  • Manage budgets and financial aspects related to outsourcing operations, optimizing resource allocation for maximum efficiency.
  • Ensure that all outsourced activities adhere to regulatory and compliance requirements as well as internal SOPs. Maintain a high standard for data integrity and study quality.
  • Lead the and implementation of an innovative outsourcing model for data science studies and activities.
  • Serve as committee manager within vendor governance framework, interfacing with functional, operational, and data science executive leaders.
  • Create and manage internal steering committee, governance bodies, and cross-function teams to ensure successful implementation of outsourcing initiatives.
  • Track metrics to monitor performance of CRO partners and identify areas for improvement.



  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as data science, life sciences, business administration, or a related discipline. Master’s degree is preferred, but not required
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience in pharmaceutical operations, project management, managing complex stakeholder groups/collaborations, and other related roles. Previous outsourcing implementation and operations experience preferred, but not required.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of strategic, organisational, and scientific issues related to drug development in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Strong project management skills, with a proven track record of successfully implementing outsourcing models.
  • Proven ability to drive operational excellence, implement new governance models and SOPs. The ability to think outside of the box and challenge existing norms, bringing fresh perspectives to optimize data science outsourcing practices is preferred.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills, with the ability to develop and maintain relationships with CRO partners and internal stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team and to work collaboratively across departments and functions to achieve common goals.
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity and lead through change in a large, complex organization.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail, ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Structured and systematic mindset with ability to follow-up on a variation of tasks and engagements


About the Department


The Data Science organization within Novo Nordisk's global Development organization is responsible for clinical data capture, storage, analysis, modeling and simulation as well as the application of artificial intelligence/machine learning.
The team is comprised of approximately 1000 collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work and are committed to helping others grow and develop their careers. You’ll also have a platform to engage with key stakeholders on a global scale throughout the entire pipeline process. And while changing the future of diabetes and obesity treatment is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity and innovation. And our competitive compensation package and support of a healthy work-life balance all add to a best-in-class employee experience. We are changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?



About Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive it. 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. From research and development, through to manufacturing, marketing and sales – we’re all working to move the needle on patient care. 



If you want to know more about the position, please contact our Project Director, Data Science Outsourcing at


March 3rd, 2024


We will conduct interviews on an ongoing basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


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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.