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Novo Nordisk

External Innovation Project Director




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Indrykket for 39 dage siden

External Innovation Project Director

Are you excited about identifying external innovation to supplement the internal pipeline for the world’s leading diabetes care company? Do you have the commercial and scientific insight to assess the strategic fit with the Diabetes franchise and guide the assessments of external assets? Do you have the collaborative skills to work seamlessly with R&D, Commercial and Business Development?


If so, you might be the person that we are looking for in the Diabetes Early Portfolio & Insights team. Start your application for a life-changing career!

The position
As our External Innovation Project Director in the Diabetes unit, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the external innovation agenda for the Diabetes franchise. The goal is to supplement the internal R&D pipeline with external innovation (assets/companies for acquisition/in-licensing/partnering) that have a strong strategic fit and can help expand Novo Nordisk’s leadership in Diabetes.


You will be responsible for:

  • Guiding the Business Development (BD) organisation on what external innovation opportunities to search for in Diabetes. This will take a starting point in the Diabetes strategy and identified future patient segments
  • Be the voice of the commercial Diabetes franchise in evaluations of specific external assets by assessing strategic fit, positioning, business model, target product profile etc. This includes representing commercial in cross-functional “global project teams”.
  • Ensuring alignment with the strategy and sponsorship from the SVP of the Diabetes unit
  • Involving relevant parts of the commercial Diabetes organisation – in assessments of external opportunities - across Marketing, Market Access & Pricing and Medical Affairs. This includes a seamless handover to the relevant commercial team after deal closing
  • Working closely with the New Product Planning team to have a shared view of future innovation needs and where to supplement the internal pipeline with external innovation

The role offers strong exposure to the commercial Diabetes Leadership Team and will provide broad insights into Novo Nordisk’s global Diabetes franchise across the entire value chain.



  • A Master’s degree in Natural Sciences, Engineering, Business, or Economics.
  • +10 years of experience in the pharmaceutical / bio-technology industry in commercial roles. Experience with Business Development and/or M&A will be an advantage.
  • High exposure to science through professional experience or significant academic background.
  • Experience within diabetes/obesity/cardiovascular commercialization will be highly appreciated.
  • Excellent strategy toolbox and structured problem-solving skills with the ability to tackle complex problems and provide actionable insights and recommendations.
  • Fluent in English, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.


On a personal level is it important that you have excellent stakeholder management/influencing skills and can engage with multiple senior stakeholders. You have the ability to distil information into clear and compelling written presentations.



About the department
Diabetes Early Portfolio & Insights is anchored in the commercial Diabetes unit and reports directly to the SVP. We are responsible for developing the Diabetes Strategy and driving the execution in close collaboration with stakeholders across the value chain. We focus on the intersection between business and science as we are responsible for providing commercial guidance to R&D, guiding early diabetes pipeline projects. Moreover, we provide actionable insights based on competitive intelligence, market research and forecasting to enable fact-based decision making.


You will join an international team of highly motivated and ambitious colleagues. We offer an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent and benefit from a range of development possibilities.

For further information, please reach out to contact Henrik Limkilde Schou at +45 30759560.

02 June 2024.


We will screen applications continuously, so don’t hesitate to submit it as soon as possible. You do not need to attach a cover letter to your application, but please include a few sentences about why you are applying in your resume or CV.

To ensure an efficient and fair recruitment process, please refrain from adding a photo in your CV.


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, through to manufacturing, marketing and sales – we’re all working to move the needle on patient care.

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 the communities we operate in.


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. We are happy to discuss flexible working, depending on the role and subject to business needs.

We are leaders by making a difference for people who face chronic diseases and work with high standards to bring the ultimate innovation to who needs improved quality of care and life. Each day we are one step closer into changing chronic diseases. And we do so by relying and supporting our people, their career development and continuously bring their best to contribute to a joint mission

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