Head of Digital Innovation Hub, China

Category:  Information Technology & Telecom

Shanghai, Shanghai, CN



Want to play a key role in driving adoption of emerging digital technologies and open innovation in Novo Nordisk? Want to work in the definition of the building blocks of external collaborations with startups and other unconventional partnerships in digital healthcare in China? We are looking for a profile able to launch and lead the implementation of the newly created Novo Nordisk Digital Innovation Hub in China. The Hub’s goal is to accelerate the digital transformation journey of Novo Nordisk by partnering with digital health startups. We are looking for strong stakeholder management skills as well as flexibility and creativity to link opportunities to ensure the Hub team drives the maturation from ideas to successful pilots and from pilots to scalable products.

Do you have what it takes to support the digital innovation agenda and help establish a Digital Innovation Hub in China?


About the department

The Digital Innovation Hubs are a global initiative with a strong anchoring in the Hub regions. The Hub in China is a joint effort of Global IT, International Operations and Region China, and is led by the Business Innovation Garage, based in Denmark, with a strong link with Digital Data and IT and the Digital Health Hub in China.

The Business Innovation Garage is high growth unit in Novo Nordisk. The team itself is a part of Digital Incubator & Innovation area. The team is exploring four main areas:

  •  Creation of an innovation-lab that will allow communities to come together to innovate and build a passionate culture and establishing space for experimentations supporting initiatives that challenge status quo and leverage new technologies.
  • Support the organization in the definition of the digital strategy and its implementation across the organization.
  • Explore the limits of technology and its impact in cardiometabolic patients to untap the next big digital disruptor in healthcare
  • Accelerate the digital transformation of NN by supporting the organization in boosting partnerships with startups in digital healthcare.

Core focus is to remain forward-looking and showcase strong adaptability. Furthermore, the team is and must be working in a highly agile manner and be able to shift its focus based on rapidly changing opportunities and threats within emerging technologies. Consequentially, you should expect the team structure to be dynamic as well.


About the job
The Digital Innovation Hub Leads will be part of the Digital Open Innovation product of the Business Innovation Garage and coordinate with the Digital Data and IT team in China. The unit is growing its global presence with a network of Digital Innovation Hubs which will increase the number of partnerships established with startups across the global. In your role you will lead the launch and implementation of the Digital Innovation Hub in China, become a partner of the local Novo Nordisk stakeholders, connect to regional and local business units and roll out our accelerator and open innovation processes. In your role you will also have to participate and contribute to the global Digital Innovation Hubs network by identifying scalability opportunities and sharing successful pilots and learnings. You should be able to define and achieve clear objectives by leading a team of consultants and analysts

You should be able to convincingly and clearly communicate to stakeholders across the business and act as a trusted advisor with a strong understanding of business challenges and constraints.



We are looking for a person with experience and passion for driving startup support programmes and engage stakeholders in complex environments. You should be able to tailor messages to relevant stakeholders from various levels of authority. Strong analytical, technical and business skills is needed to navigate the landscape of technologies and translate uncertainties into tangible opportunities for Novo Nordisk.

Formally, we expect you to have at least 10 years of experience working in a venture capital, consulting, or a corporate in digital transformation and acceleration. Experience working with or in startups and in digital healthcare in China is needed. A relevant Master’s degree in technology with relevant innovation management connection and a track record that includes the following:

•    Experience managing and launching new poducts or units in changing environments

•    A track record of setting-up and running partnerships with start-ups in the digital health space

•    Experience driving teams and strong mentoring skills

•    An innovation track record working on, or driving, disruptive projects from idea to launch 
•    Experience running incubation or acceleration programmes in complex structures and managing projects and pilots

•    Internally selling concepts and initiatives that challenges the status quo
•    Knowledge and passion for digital trends
•    Experience in developing relationships and working with multiple stakeholder on high profile cross functional and multinational initiatives
•    Vivid and curious learner 
•    Eagerness to be a part of building something new and challenge traditional methodologies 


You should also be well-articulated, have excellent business English and Chinese skills (oral and written), and be able to communicate with several stakeholders.


Millions rely on us
Join us in combining great science and innovative digital solutions to fight the global diabetes pandemic. We are setting up agile digital innovation communities to radically change the way we work. It is a vibrant environment where you partner with the business to crack complex challenges with innovative digital tools.


To work for Novo Nordisk, you will need the skills, dedication and ambition to change lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronical diseases. In exchange, we offer the chance to be part of a truly global workplace, where passion and engagement are met with opportunities for professional and personal development.


Join us accelerate and revolutionize the work of 45.000 colleagues and improve the lives of 27.000.000 patients. Together we will innovate and write history!

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.