Vice President, Data Orchestration

Category:  General Management and Administration

Søborg, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Are you motivated by driving innovation for the life-changing benefit of patients? Do you want to play a key role in Novo Nordisk journey towards becoming a global healthcare leader powered by data, analytics and digital technologies? Do you want to take part in developing and role modelling a state-of-the-art Data Science organisation? Are you curious and inclusive with excellent skills in relationship building? Then this is your chance as we invite you to apply for the position as Vice President, Data Orchestration. Together we can create life-changing innovation.


About the position

As the new VP of Data Orchestration your main responsibility will be to set up and lead Data Orchestration - a new area in Data Science at Novo Nordisk. This function is overall responsible for project leading Data Science contributions to all development projects, ensuring cross-project data insights are generated and made visible to the organisation, build and oversee a cross-project / portfolio clinical data governance structure. The Data Orchestration area will enable a consolidated insight into, structuring- and use of data across the drug development process, which will enable an even better use of data across the organisation, enable leapfrogs and ultimately enabling the Development strategy and supporting the overall Novo Nordisk strategy.


This includes building and implementing a new framework for integrated planning and execution on necessary data to support all the Target Product Profiles (TPP) in the development pipeline, the so-called Target Data Profile (TDP) structure. This structure will also ensure optimal design of how data will flow within each project, and drive generation of the necessary evidence for each of the key milestones from first human dose up until launch of the product. This new set-up will further ensure optimal integration of “5D” (drug, device, diagnostic, digital and data) where appropriate.


As part of that new structure, you will build a team of data science project leaders (Data Leads) who is to ensure cross-development portfolio orchestration of data flow as well as project leadership of data analysis of clinical biomarkers across global project teams in the Development organisation.


Furthermore, it will be your privilege to create buy in to and ensure that all Data Science functions are involved in data driven decision making at each major milestone and decision point across the Development value chain, including increased use of modelling and simulation.


This new, critical capability area within Data Science will essentially be key in:

  • Enable faster, more precise decision making through use of data
  • Design the Data Science project teams within project teams executing the development projects and set up the Data Lead function, and ensure the right people are hired, trained and supported
  • Build and implement clinical biomarker data analysis framework in Data Science and Development ensuring all stakeholders are involved and analysis plans are set up and executed on
  • Ensure cross-portfolio data analysis framework is built, and data flow is optimized across all projects and across entire value chain
  • Ensure a fully interoperable and searchable data repository for multiple data sources is optimally designed and managed
  • Drive (together with the Data Science functions) continuous improvement in the way we collect and utilise data
  • Role-model data-integration and collaboration across the entire Novo Nordisk value chain


The VP of Data Orchestration will be part of the Data Science Leadership team of highly skilled, complementary profiles, where we believe that our role is to inspire and facilitate great organisational results through inclusive, psychologically safe and fun collaboration where we all contribute and learn as a team. The job holds ample opportunities for personal development and senior management attention, as well as broad interactions with all key areas across Novo Nordisk. The role will report to the Senior Vice President of Data Science.



You hold an M.Sc. or Ph.D. in a relevant field such as Life Science, Computer Science, Data Science, Mathematics or similar. We expect you to have experience from the life science industry including excellent understanding of the R&D value chain as well as global regulatory processes and requirements. You have a proven track record of working with big data including leading a complex project management organisation. Additionally, you have profound experience with working in international and diverse professional teams including scientific and technical highly skilled teams.


We expect you to be an inclusive, curious leader who is driven by creating diverse teams and with your heart and mind on people development. You are a change agent and proactive with a can-do mindset. You have excellent relationship building and collaboration skills, combined with an ability to make decisions, and set direction. You can lead by example and act as a Novo Nordisk Way role model by being accountable, engaged with stakeholders, open and honest with high integrity and ready for change. Relying on your strong communication and impacting skills you can create clarity and deliver your messages in an impactful yet respectful way. You have high motivational skills, including the ability to engage and empower the people in your team and across the organisation. You have a global mindset and experience dealing with a complex stakeholder landscape, working in cross-functional teams and you are willing to learn and embrace new ways of working.


We offer an inspiring and inclusive work environment and teamwork in close collaboration with talented colleagues with diverse backgrounds and you will have a great opportunity for skill building and personal development.


About the department

Data Science is a newly established area within Development with approximately 650 employees. The importance of our data, how we handle them, analyse them and utilise them across Novo Nordisk value chain, is pivotal for the execution of the R&D Strategy and to derive the full value of our data. Data Science will be liaising closely with many internal and external stakeholders on the path to becoming one of the global leaders in the life science data science field. Data is fundamental for making decisions in drug development and in healthcare in general, and with the new Data Science organisation, Novo Nordisk will further strengthen our abilities to collect and retrieve data, perform better analytics and align across the value chain.


For further information, please contact Executive Search Partner, Julie Westergaard at jwrm@novonordisk.com



10th October 2021


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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.