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Senior Strategy Manager in R&D Strategy

Over the next five years, Novo Nordisk R&D will identify and execute on new strategic priorities, enabling the build of a more diverse, dynamic and scientifically leading pipeline of drug discovery and development projects. As an integral part of this new focus, Novo Nordisk R&D will identify new sources of innovation to advance a portfolio of differentiated medicines in areas of unmet medical needs. Specifically, we aspire to elevate the innovation bar in our core therapeutic areas, expand into new therapy areas, and in particular intensify external innovation activities. To underline this ambition and to execute it effectively, the area “External Innovation and Strategy (EIS)” has been created under leadership of a new Senior Vice President (SVP). The R&D Strategy team within this area, led by the Vice President (VP) of R&D Strategy, will serve as an internal high performing strategy function collaborating across the R&D organisation. The team has high level exposure and focus from top management.

About the department
The SVP area External Innovation and Strategy serves as the single point of accountability for search and evaluation, effective partnering and business development (up to clinical Proof of Concept), alliance management of external collaborations across all of Novo Nordisk’s therapy areas, and the overarching strategy for Novo Nordisk R&D. The R&D strategy unit within EIS is accountable to drive major strategic initiatives across the R&D organisation as well as annual strategic processes including the R&D Business Plan and R&D relevant inputs to the Corporate Strategy. Working closely with all other R&D functions, the unit will provide input to the R&D pipeline strategy, innovation and globalisation strategies, and therapy area exploration plans. The unit has significant impact on the mid-to-long term growth and development of Novo Nordisk R&D, and is organisationally separate from internal value chain to enable objective and holistic recommendations and external challenge.

The position
The Senior Strategy Manager will report directly to the Vice President of R&D Strategy. S/he will be responsible for driving and supporting strategic, organisational and operational projects and processes for future R&D innovation and growth.

Specific topics will be mandated by the Chief Science Officer (CSO) and R&D Management; examples include innovation models, portfolio mix of therapy areas and technologies, organisational models, and development of R&D’s global footprint. The day to day work includes a unique blend of strategic and conceptual thinking, competitive intelligence analysis, scientific and business analytics, complex project and stakeholder management, and ensuring the overarching strategy is implemented and executed within operations across R&D. Occasionally, the Senior Strategy Manager may be deployed as an internal consultant to a sister line of business.

The position is based in Novo Nordisk’s Headquarters near Copenhagen.


  • MSc/PhD/MD in the life sciences from a leading university; MBA preferred
  • 5+ years of pharma experience from either a top-tier consultancy or a multinational in strategic planning, business intelligence, portfolio management, or related function
  • Strong track record and toolkit in project management and strategy development and implementation; experience in change management a plus
  • Passion for scientific innovation; high level of familiarity with evolving trends in the biomedical industry; specific experience in translational research, emerging technologies, and/or clinical development a plus
  • High-energy, can-do attitude, results-orientation and the ability to work in a fast-paced and rapidly evolving environment
  • Ability to drive results through influence, example and collaboration
  • Self-starter, able to maintain focus, navigate roadblocks and drive activities to completion with limited oversight
  • Significant experience in creating and delivering clear and compelling executive-facing presentations
  • Fluent in English; international experience a plus

Working at Novo Nordisk
At Novo Nordisk, your skills, dedication and ambition help us change lives for the better. In exchange, we offer you an opportunity to work with extraordinary talent and benefit from a range of possibilities for professional and personal development.

For further information, please contact Nina Haldipur at +45 3077 6206.

26 February 2018.

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