Senior Data Scientist

Location: Plainsboro, NJ 08536

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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

The Senior Data Scientist will help drive the NNI Advanced Analytics vision to explore and develop new solutions that may hold the potential to add value to patients and Novo Nordisk in the future within therapeutic areas covered by Novo Nordisk corporate and commercial strategies. The Senior Data Scientist will build machine learning-based tools and processes within the company’s current big data infrastructure such as recommendation engines, automated propensity scoring systems, and A/B testing procedures. The Senior Data Scientist will work with Novo Nordisk’s Big Data Analytics COE and other, similar roles in Medical Information and Analytics, Medical Data Analytics, and HR People Research and Analytics to help foster and grow a community of predictive and prescriptive analytics.


The Senior Data Scientist reports to the Senior Director of Advanced Analytics. Internal relationships include other Commercial Effectiveness functions, especially Analytics and Data Governance; Big Data Analytics COE, Commercial Product and Portfolio personnel, and Area Commercial Leads. Extended internal relationships could include those in other Data Science/Data Science-like roles in Clinical, Medical, Regulatory, Human Resources, Global Development, and Seattles Device Research center. External relationships include relationships with commercial collaboration partners as well as academia, where necessary.

Essential Functions

  • The Senior Data Scientist is expected to:
    • Develop Machine Learning-based solutions using available commercial data, including but not limited to, IQVIA (IMS) data, Real World Data (e.g., Truven), Financial Data, Sales Force Automation (e.g., Veeva) data, and integrated campaign management (e.g., Adobe) data
    • Build and maintain processes to acquire, process and curate necessary data for analysis and insights
    • Mine and analyze data to identify insights pertaining to dynamic and/or micro segmentation of patient, physician, and payer/delivery providers
    • Translate analytic insights into real world solutions
    • Design methods to generate real-time predictive and descriptive analytics from big datasets
    • Take responsibility in making new, relevant solutions to real Commercial problems and be able to show successful implementation
    • Occasionally participate in network with external collaboration partners, e.g., academia, other Pharmaceutical and Non-pharmaceutical Data Science departments specializing in improving commercial results through data science techniques

Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.


  • Level of education and experience: Relevant technical education (e.g., Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Engineering) at B.Sc. level with 8 years of experience from relevant industry such as pharmaceutical, biotechnology, consumer product, or medical device industries. Advanced degree may be substituted for experience as appropriate
  • Required knowledge related to machine learning, including supervised, unsupervised, reinforced (deep) learning methods and ensemble learning methods. Specifically, algorithms such as k-NN, Linear and Generalized Linear Models, Bayes, SVM, and Random Forest
  • Preferred knowledge related to how pharmaceutical companies’ market and sell products, market forces that impact decisions made to improve commercial outcomes, and how machine learning models can improve such outcomes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required
  • Proven ability to influence, communicate, and collaborate across the local organization
  • Broad, detailed understanding and mastery of technical area with a track record of analyzing critical data through the application and optimization of distinct analytical skills
  • Record of translating technical mastery to significant project impact
  • Ability to work independently as well as working in teams. Included in this is the ability to network with external parties
  • Demonstrated ability to generate valuable and relevant ideas, create concepts based on ideas, and develop new solutions based on concepts
  • Specific or technical job skills: Deep knowledge of at least one relevant technical area: computer science, computational statistics, including Bayesian inference, mathematics, or systems dynamics
  • Required experience within several of the following areas:
    • Experience with analytics tools such Python, R, or SAS and SQL, PowerPivot, Mathematical modeling for prediction, clustering and classification
  • Preferred experience with implementation or utilization of big data tools such as Spark, SparkR, PySpark, Hadoop, Hive, etc.
  • Proficiency at querying relational databases and ability to build and maintain processes to pull and integrate data from various sources
  • Experience in Frequentist and Bayesian statistics

Millions rely on us

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. 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.

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