Therapy Area Head, Diabetes & Obesity

Novo Nordisk

Come be part of our team as we embark on an exciting journey of growth! Make a real impact with us at our recently established Clinical Development Centre (CDC) in France.

We’re on a mission to make groundbreaking advancements in the field of medicine once again! That’s where you come in – a professional with the skills, proven leadership, and the right mindset to help us lead the way in medical innovation.

Join our team and use your clinical and leadership expertise to make a difference in the lives of millions!

We are looking for a Therapy Area Head, Diabetes & Obesity.

The Position

As the new Therapy Area Head at our CDC France, you will be heading up your team accountable for execution of all Novo Nordisk trial programs within obesity & diabetes. Your role involves leading your therapy area unit, achieving important business objectives, and responding quickly to business needs.

Additionally, you will:

  • Manage and develop a team.
  • Develop short- and long-term strategic plans for the assigned Therapy Area within the CDC.
  • Manage the trial portfolio in the assigned Therapy Area, including risk management at the CDC level.
  • Establish an effective operational model to meet current and future needs for the functional team within the CDC organizational structure.
  • Foster collaboration with other CDC units to ensure overall compliance with Novo Nordisk processes, local requirements, and trial sites. Drive operational efficiency, talent development, and performance management within the Therapy Area, and collaborate extensively with Clinical Medical Regulatory teams.


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in science or relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated solid experience in people management within clinical operations – at least 2-3 years of working experience as a Line Manager, preferably in the relevant therapeutic areas (diabetes/obesity).
  • Proven track record in clinical trial execution in multifunctional team, with good understanding of clinical quality (audits and inspections) and training. Ideally you had previously worked as a Trial Manager.
  • Strong leadership skills and proven successes.
  • Full proficiency in English language; French considered an advantage.

You should also be a team player, a responsible person and able to be present in the office 2-3 days a week on a regular basis.

The Department

Our Clinical Development Centers, part of the Clinical, Medical and Regulatory Departments, are the backbone in clinical trials and have the benefits of strengthened partnerships and launches. We conduct clinical trials in more than 50 countries around the world, in close collaboration with our affiliates, regions and global teams.

You will be a part of our large, resourceful development team that plays a crucial role in the ambitious drug development programs at Novo Nordisk. Our highly motivated CDC France team is composed of ~25 employees, and you will become a part of the management team, reporting directly to the CDC Head.

Your direct reports will be 1 Trial Manager, 5 Clinical Research Associates and 1 Clinical Trial Assistant.

Working at Novo Nordisk

We are a proud life-science company, and life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research, to our rich personal lives that motivate and energize us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here – to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.


Please submit your application via the Novo Nordisk website.


Apply before 21 January 2024.

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.

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