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Novo Nordisk Program Manager - Program Development in Lexington, Massachusetts

About the Department

The Lexington Site is home to a growing Development organization, part of Novo Nordisk following its acquisition of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2021. The Lexington Development team is responsible for leading the clinical advancement of Dicerna’s research pipeline of GalXC™ and GalXC-Plus™ RNAi investigational therapies and select candidates from the broader Novo Nordisk portfolio, targeting both rare and prevalent diseases. The Lexington Development team’s rich heritage of collaboration, calculated risk-taking and agility complemented by the scale and resources of the global Development organization, define a unique clinical development team that maintains its agility to efficiently advance clinical candidates through development. Located in one of the most vibrant biotechnology innovation hubs in the world, and part of the growing biotech ecosystem in Lexington, Massachusetts, the Lexington Site will offer you the opportunity to collaborate with extraordinary talent and to continuously develop, while working toward our collective mission to improve patient lives. Together, we are driving change. Are you ready to make a difference?

The Position

The Program Manager – Program Development is an experienced professional with demonstrated ability to manage drug development programs ranging from early to late stages. The individual will be responsible for managing development programs and enable successful completion of program milestones and corporate goals. This role is highly cross-functional and may involve close interaction with external partners.


Reports to Director, Program Development.

Essential Functions

  • Work with the Program Development Directory to apply program management best practices in the development, initiation, tracking, planning, and execution of programs

  • Lead development and subteam meetings

  • Identify and assess program risks to present and discuss with Program Development leadership

  • Effectively utilize virtual communication software with members and vendors across multiple time zones to maintain timelines and reach program milestones

  • Preparation of program presentation materials (eg. PowerPoint slides) and communicate program updates

  • Work closely with cross functional teams to facilitate information flow and communication between all stakeholders and to ensure execution of program strategy

  • Perform administrative tasks including creation and maintenance of program plan documents, meeting scheduling and facilitation, and program tracking

  • Record and distribute meeting agendas, minutes, and action items for program development and subteam meetings; this includes follow-up on action items

    Physical Requirements

    0-10% overnight travel required. Ability to lift 0-10 lbs.


  • BS degree in a science discipline. A MS/MPH/MBA preferred

  • 5+ years of hands-on related experience managing drug development programs

  • Experience coordinator and/or preparing regulatory filings such as INDs, CTAs, NDAs, and briefing documents strongly preferred

  • Expertise with Microsoft Office. Experience with collaborative interfaces such as SmartSheet and think-cell a plus

  • Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into action

  • Excellent organizational and communication skills – both oral and written. Ability to communicate development plans cross-functionally

  • Ability to lead cross-functional drug development

  • Ability to use collaborative technology to lead virtual meetings and work with team members around the world

  • Must be able to effectively organize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment

  • PMP certification a plus, but is not required

  • Some travel (domestic and international) will be required depending on program needs

    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.

    Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.

    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.