Posted to MedZilla on 2/16/2019

Novo Nordisk

US-NC, Manager, Automation Support Job 535781400A0-MZ


At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For more than 95 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. Being part of Novo Nordisk allows our employees to embark on life-changing careers, and the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world.

Help us bring quality to life. We are currently seeking top talent for our two pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities in Clayton, NC.

Working at our Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (DAPI) manufacturing facility

Your Groundbreaking Journey

To help meet the growing demand for our treatments, Novo Nordisk expects to double production of diabetes and obesity drugs over the next decade. We are currently building a new 825,000 sq. ft diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) plant in Clayton, NC next to our existing “fill and finish” manufacturing facility. Our new $2 billion API facility is expected to be operational in 2020, with 700 full-time employees responsible for the fermentation, recovery and purification of insulin and GLP1 ingredients. This once in a life-time career opportunity is ideal for pharmaceutical manufacturing professionals who not only understand the operational complexities of manufacturing but also have the desire and drive to help us design, build and validate our processes. Here, you will work with the best manufacturing professionals in the industry, while learning and taking part in the plant design.

Position Purpose:

Provides leadership & guidance to Automation support staff. Responsible for Automation system support & overseeing subject matter experts within BMS, PCS, MES, Historian & PLC/SCADA applications. Ensures support processes, service level agreements are in place & people are trained sufficiently to meet the system uptime requirements. Responsible for developing strategic goals & objectives in alignment with all relevant NN business plans. Drives improvement projects & system upgrades.


  • Assists in developing strategic direction for the company’s automation assets, monitors advancements in the industry, recommends & implements new technologies that help meet customer demands as well as production goals/agreements for the DAPI-US site.
  • Collaborates with department leadership with oversight of automated system training, development, coaching, performance management, recruitment, & employee relations.
  • Manages, leads & coaches teams of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to ensure a high performing collaborative team environment. Provides continuous feedback, structure & accountability to improve team performance.
  • Drives technical discussions & problem solving standards.
  • Creates, develops, defines & implements dynamic Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) & behavioral expectations for areas of responsibility.
  • Actively involves & manages stakeholders at all levels across the organization, as well as in DK.
  • Ensures automation systems & processes are available, capable & accessible to meet production & business requirements.
  • Assists department management in operating in accordance with internal & external regulations & procedures.
  • Follows all safety & environmental requirements in the performance of duties.
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned.

Requires Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree in directly related field (MA/MS degree preferred).
  • Production support processes.
  • Minimum of 7 years IT or Automation experience, preferably in a GMP manufacturing environment.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of people leadership experience, including demonstrated ability to build a collaborative high performing team environment in a technical context, & inspire & motivate employees through continuous feedback.
  • BMS, DCS, PCS, MES, Historian. Preferably knowledge & experience with DeltaV, Syncade & Rockwell PLC/HMI systems.
  • Manufacturing Intelligence systems.
  • Infrastructure, networking, & instrumentation
  • LEAN manufacturing techniques & methodologies (including systematic problem solving standards)
  • System development & life cycle management.
  • API production
  • Project management & IT governance, including support & system management, business continuity & forecasting.

Physical Requirements:

  • Occasionally moves equipment and/or supplies weighing up to 30 pounds within the facility.
  • Constantly operates a computer & other office equipment using hands.
  • Able to travel domestically or internationally, up to 10% of the time.
  • Able to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction.
  • Able to work the hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation.

The sourcing period for this role will end 20 FEB 2019

Life-Changing Careers with Novo Nordisk

With a local presence for more than 25 years, Novo Nordisk is one of the largest employers in Johnston County, with over 1,200 highly-skilled and dedicated employees working in Clayton and a diverse, global workforce of more than 40,000.

We aspire to operate in a socially responsible way, and we are committed to offering a healthy and engaging workplace. Our Clayton manufacturing facilities have been honored as a FORTUNE 100 Best Places to Work For 10 years in a row. Other recent employer honors include the ISPE Company of the Year, the Triangle Business Journal Healthiest Employers in the Triangle and the NC Department of Labor 2 Million Hour Safety Award. Approximately 19% of our Clayton employees are veterans, and we offer year-round opportunities to give back to the community. If you’re looking for a life-changing career with real impact, join our team and help us defeat diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases.

At this time, Novo Nordisk is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future would require sponsorship for employment visa status.

Novo Nordisk is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Requisition ID: 59484BR
State/Provinces: Clayton
Job Category: Information Technology

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