Engineering Management Director (Temporary position)

Category:  Engineering

Tianjin, Tianjin, CN


Do you want to be part of one of Novo Nordisk’s most exciting projects where you will have play a key role in shaping the future of Novo Nordisk’s capacity expansion? Are you looking to apply your extensive engineering management experience in a highly strategic global role? If so, read on!

You will have the incredible opportunity to join us on a 3-4 year project based in China, alongside our project team headed up by Project Vice President (VP) Henrik Strandgaard.


The position
The position as Director of Engineering Management is key in the AP Expansion STJ project, integrated in the project management and execution team managing a strategic Product Supply capacity expansion project! For this position in particular, you will have the opportunity to be involved in a
3-4 year project based in China.

You will have overall responsibility for defining the project construction and engineering specific technical execution objectives and necessary methods and for directing a compliant technical execution of the project and its sub-projects, and support engineering suppliers in achieving the overall project requirements.


A driver in the field, you will be ensuring that Novo Nordisk’s engineering standards are implemented and upheld whilst interacting with internal and external stakeholders within the project as well as across the AP Expansions program and sister projects, engineering partners and contractors. You will have the support of 5-10 colleagues who you will directly manage.


Your responsibilities will include:

  • Create and develop the project execution plan and standards for the project in order to ensure efficient execution.
  • Direct the technical execution of the project, and support sourcing of engineering suppliers.
  • Implement engineering systems into the project, enabling NN to efficiently execute the project, professionally interact with engineering partners and manage contractors and suppliers.
  • Drive execution compliance and best practices across all disciplines of the project.


We welcome you on this journey to be part of a large programme with multiple facilities involved, working with state of the art highly automated and highest possible level of technology and innovation. You will be given the scope to think scale, think big, and make it modular!



  • You hold a relevant academic Degree, this would include a BSc, MSc or PhD in Engineering, Pharmacy, Business or similar, with overarching experience and expertise within engineering from within the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Extensive engineering/production experience working in the construction of large-scale facilities.
  • Execution and project management experience, successfully leading large and complex projects and experience with engineering from a global context. It is advantageous if you have IPMA Level A or Program Management Professional (PMI).
  • Demonstrated the ability to shape and execute on a strategy in a complex international environment.
  • Leadership/ line management experience with excellent communication skills and experience working cross functionally and globally with senior stakeholder.


As a professional, you have a strategic and continuous improvement mindset with a visionary and futuristic outlook. You are motivated, driven by a can-do attitude and boldness when it comes to taking risks and have the ability to look at the broader picture to optimise the delivery of the facility of the future! 


About the department
Both the Aseptic Production (AP) Expansions program and Warehouse 4.0 program are anchored in Product Supply, Quality and IT (PSQIT), which globally employ 19,000 of Novo Nordisk’s 44,000 employees.


The responsibility of the AP Expansions program is to plan and execute the establishment of very large scale new aseptic filling capacity across the global manufacturing network within both Injectable Finished Products (IFP) and BioTech and Rare Diseases (BRD) for new filling platforms while ensuring harmonisation and global standards. This includes raising the bar for how we handle both ingoing materials and well as the filled items, reducing the need for human intervention, instant release and much much more.

The responsibility of Warehouse 4.0 is to develop and implement fully automated material handling systems in current and future warehouses across the value chain by using forefront technology that optimizes the way we utilize our material handling and warehouse systems. The two areas, AP Expansions and Warehouse 4.0 have a lot of overlapping activities, as Warehouse 4.0 is overall responsible for the WH technology and implementation and AP Expansions is a main contributor and stakeholder of the WH, but also have a set of unique material handling challenges closer to the production process.


Across the different roles there is a distinct global aspect as the end goal is a global standard and best practice, and working with multiple sites, cultures and traditions will be a key element.


Working at Novo Nordisk
Novo Nordisk is its people. We know that life is anything but linear and balancing what is important at different stages of our career is never easy. That’s why we make room for diverse life situations, always putting people first. We value our employees for the unique skills they bring to the table, and we work continuously to bring out the best in them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.



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.