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Senior Manager - Forecasting & Innovation

About the Department                                                                                                                                                 

At Novo Nordisk, our Strategy, Finance, and Operations team works to provide strategic direction to the company, ensuring that everything we do is viable and built to last. Overseeing and safeguarding Novo Nordisk’s short and long-term planning, the Strategy, Finance and Operations team works closely with the business across the organization to develop strategies and business plans, monitor industry trends, and provide operating recommendations. We regulate accounting, uphold workplace safety, manage our supply chain and sampling, support technology, provide commercial insights & analytics, maintain our facilities and assure the integrity and completeness of all business transactions. At Novo Nordisk, you will have the opportunity to build a life-changing career in a global business environment. We encourage our employees to make the most of their talent. And we reward hard work and dedication with the opportunity for continuous learning and personal development. Are you ready to realize your potential?


The Position

Provide support for “special / innovative” Forecasting projects including but not limited to process improvements, next Generation platforms, current generation model enhancements and creation/implementation of Business Intelligence platforms. In addition, based on assessment of market trends and expected future events, this individual is responsible for helping support delivery of holistic, insight-driven volume forecasts for future Novo Nordisk pipeline products. Communicates realistic demand expectations in a clear, concise, transparent manner, and to all levels of the organization. Sets direction and drives continuous improvement of forecasting methodologies, tools, and core deliverables.



Reports to Director in Finance & Supply Chain. Contributing member of the NNI Finance & Supply Chain department. Day to day interaction and collaboration with many areas of the business, including Financial Planning & Analysis, Commercial Marketing, Market Access Public Affairs (MAPA), Strategic Pricing, Product Supply, Operations Finance, Global Corporate Finance, Global Insights & Forecasting, and multiple teams within Commercial Insights & Analytics, Information Technology (IT), external vendors. Individual contributor; no direct reports.


Essential Functions

  • Next Generation Forecasting Platform
    • Work closely with data vendors on managing project timelines and key data inputs, decisions and assumptions on next Generation Forecasting platform
    • Quality testing of new platform with feedback provided to Forecasting team and vendor
  • Pipeline Forecasting (NASH, Alzeheimer’s, Cardiovascular (CV)
    • Participate and help drive quant Market Research (with Corporate Intelligence & Analytics (CI&A) to support forecasting of future product launches
    • Collaborate with Strategic Finance on existing data assets
    • Develop and communicate the NNI AB (anchor budget) and RE (rolling estimate) forecasts for pipeline products
    • Develop ad hoc analysis tools to support Forecast
  • Business Ingelligence (BI) and Process Efficiencies
    • Assessment of current and new forecasting tools, models, and approaches that inform the demand outlook for Novo Nordisk brands; identify and introduce process efficiencies
    • Work closely with Global Business Services (GBS), HQ BI COE (Headquarter Business Intelligence Center of Excellence), Finance Digitalization team to build/enhance BI capabilities across the Forecasting, gross-to-net and Sales reporting functions; this includes hands on updates to existing BI tools and creation of new tools in coordination with GBS resources to support AB/RE processes
  • Ad Hoc Projects/Analyses
    • Executes delegated ad hoc projects independently, and ensures such projects are completed on schedule, within budget, per direction, and are internally consistent with group deliverable quality


Physical Requirements

Approximately 0-10% overnight travel.  Novo Nordisk requires all new hires, both Field and Office-based, to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. You will be required to upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccine card at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment.



  • Education Level
    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution required. Degree in an analytical field (e.g. economics, business, finance, engineering, econometrics, or statistics) is preferred
    • Master's degree in analytical field (and/or MBA and/or CPA) preferred
  • Experience Level
    • 10+ years of relevant analytics, forecasting-related experience demonstrating a steady career progression with increasing roles of responsibility. Advanced degree or strategic consulting experience may be substituted for 2 years of professional work experience
    • 6+ years of pharmaceutical forecasting/analytics and/or strategic consulting experience required. Advanced degree may be substituted for 2 years of related work experience
  • Specific or technical job skills
    • Strong project management skills required, with experience implementing a new system across a large, cross-functional team preferred
    • Ability to effectively plan, prioritize and follow through in a timely manner as well as anticipate potential roadblocks required
    • Understanding of IQVIA data, including its scope, uses, and limitations preferred
    • Demonstrated analytical skills via MS Excel and presentation/communication skills via MS PowerPoint required
    • Prior Business Intelligence (BI) and Data visualization experience strongly preferred (Tableau, Qlik, Alteryx etc.)
    • Ability to effectively communicate insights to senior management teams, synthesize complex information, make it relevant, understandable and actionable for internal stakeholders required
    • Strong stakeholder management skills and ability to influence senior stakeholders required
    • Strong analytical, problem solving and quantitative analysis skills required
    • Strong collaborative and customer service skills required
    • Strong innovation and adaptability: must be able to identify better ways of doing things and work with others to improve methods and procedures; required
    • Commitment to the Novo Nordisk Way
  • Managerial experience (if applicable): Prior managerial experience is not required


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.

Senior Manager - Forecasting & Innovation

Plainsboro Township, NJ 08536

Published on 01/14/2022

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