Director - Cardiovascular, Kidney & Alzheimer's Disease

Category:  Clinical Development

Søborg, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Do you have a passion for leadership and strategy? Do you want to be part of a journey building on our strong portfolio and influencing our future operating model in Clinical Development? Are you ready to transform the way we conduct clinical trials to further benefit patients?


We have a unique opportunity to make an impact in a large, global development organisation. We are looking for a leader who motivates, inspires, and sets clear directions for a highly skilled team, while ensuring well-being and strong internal and external collaborations. Join us as Director of Clinical Operations for Cardiovascular, Kidney, and Alzheimer´s Disease (CKAD) Apply today for a life-changing career!


The position

As Director in Clinical Operations, you will head up a department of approx. 15 talents responsible for planning and conducting clinical trials within our expanding portfolio for CKAD. You may be a member of one or more Global Project Teams representing Clinical Operations and being accountable for delivering clinical trials through the operational strategy.


Your key responsibilities:

  • Lead and develop an engaged and skilled team of Clinical Project and Operations Leaders, Global Trial Managers, and Global Clinical Trial Administrators.
  • Global coordination of several global clinical trials within one or more development programmes.
  • Planning and allocation of the needed resources for a given trial within the clinical programme.
  • Ensure competency development and performance management by coaching and guiding your team members, setting expectations, and leading the team to success.
  • Lead the implementation of the Clinical Drug Development strategy, proactively ensure relevant change management activities and role model the Novo Nordisk Way.
  • Drive and support change initiatives.


As Director within Clinical Operations, you will also be an active member of the ClinOps Leadership Team. We are open to offering remote work (EU time zone) or relocation for the right candidate.



  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in Science.
  • At least 5 years of experience in drug development in the pharma industry and solid understanding of the drug development space is a must.
  • 3-5 years’ experience with line management combined with the ability to inspire and motivate a team using an organized and structured approach.  
  • Background with cross-organisational and global work to collaborate in a project-driven matrix organisation.
  • Innovative mindset, digital curiosity, and change management skills to navigate organisational transformations.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities, resolve issues and improve efficiencies through cross functional collaboration.
  • Proficient written and oral English.


On a personal level, you thrive in an international, diverse, and complex environment. You are passionate about developing and leading people and demonstrate leadership qualities. You display excellent collaboration and communication skills and evident commitment to create winning teams with focus on continuous people development.


About the department

Clinical Operations Cardiovascular, Kidney, and Alzheimer´s Disease consists of around 110 employees organised in 6 departments which are responsible for clinical development activities. We have studies in various phases from 1-4, Non-Interventional Studies, and Disease Area Studies which are all part of the overall Project Development Plan.


Our trials have a strong patient focus which is ensured by actively engaging with patients, patient organisations, study nurses, and everyday medical experts in the clinical field. We use advanced innovative trial designs, with modern digital and decentralised ways to collect clinical data. Here you will get the opportunity to work on products entering human studies through to marketed products, in collaboration with colleagues in our affiliates worldwide.


Working at 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 to manufacturing, marketing, and sales - we're all working to move the needle on patient care.



For further information, please contact Inge Hansen, Vice President of Cardiovascular, Kidney & Alzheimer’s Disease on +45 3077 5502.



10 December 2023.


Applications will be reviewed ongoingly, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible as the advert may close before the indicated deadline.


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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.