Novo Nordisk

Data Engineer Director

Job description

Data Engineer Director – Join Our Revolutionary Healthcare Data Insights program at Novo Nordisk

Are you a data engineer who is passionate about making a real impact on the healthcare industry? Do you dream of transforming the way clinical data is handled and shared across the business, with the potential to create value throughout the value chain? If you're excited about enabling real-time access and analysis of clinical data, including RCT, real-world data, multi-omics, images, streaming data, and more, then we have an opportunity you don´t want to miss.

We are looking for a talented and experienced Data Engineer Director to join our team and help us become a global healthcare leader powered by data, analytics, and digital technologies. As a Data Engineer Director, you will play a critical role in building our state-of-the-art data insights platform, FounData, and developing outcomes and solutions that will transform the way we operate. You'll work alongside top talent in the industry and make a significant impact on the way we develop new medicines, improve quality, and create value for Novo Nordisk Development and Novo Nordisk at large.

The position

The FounData program is a new R&D data insights initiative designed to enhance data storage, curation/handling, analysis, and visualizations relevant to the entire organization. This initiative is set to revolutionize the way we use data in decision-making by enabling data availability from a one-stop clinical data shop. To achieve this, we require robust data pipelines and data models across various data modalities. The program is anchored within Data Science in the Development organization in Novo Nordisk (NN), and we aim to create a solution that spans the value chain.

As the Data Engineer Director, you will play a vital role in the development of the FounData platform. Your primary responsibility will be to build and operate a consolidated data platform, including structuring, standardization, anonymization, curation, and utilization of data across the product development process. You will leverage your innovative thinking to drive new ways of continuously improving how we collect and utilize data throughout the organization. Furthermore, you will apply an adequate QMS framework and ensure that data is utilized according to the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable regulations and laws.


  • You hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree – within software engineering, computer science, data science, mathematics, natural sciences or similar
  • Several years of experience in data engineering, including experience in leading teams and managing projects
  • Experience with cloud-based technologies and architecture (e.g AWS, Azure, Google Cloud)
  • Strong understanding of data architecture, data modelling, and data management principles
  • Experience with designing and implementing large-scale data processing systems using modern data processing technologies (e.g Hadoop, Spark)
  • Knowledge of database technologies (e.g SQL, NoSQL, graph databases)
  • Experience in building data pipelines and data models across different data modalities
  • Understanding of agile software development methodologies and DevOps practices
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with a strong ability to work cross-functionally
  • Strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Expertise in clinical data standards, either in a real-world data setting, clinical trial data standards and similar


  • Build and operate a consolidated data platform, including structuring, standardization, anonymization, curation, and use of data across the product development process
  • Coordinate data engineering and data operations teams
  • Develop and implement data engineering best practices, tools, and processes
  • Collaborate with data scientists, data analysts, and business stakeholders to define platform and data requirements
  • Ensure the data platform is scalable, secure, and compliant with all applicable regulations and standards
  • Continuously improve data quality, accuracy, and availability
  • Drive innovation and explore new ways of collecting and utilizing data throughout the business

In this position we expect that you can lead your peers, as well as collaborate with a diverse group of people and provide mentoring and guidance for more junior colleagues. Above all it’s important that you have the right mind-set, you take task ownership, you’re open to challenge and be challenged, and you’re driven and results oriented.

The department

You will join the growing Data Insights team anchored in Data Management (Development) with 300+ employees – across Denmark, India, Spain and North America, delivering to the wide Novo Nordisk Development pipeline. You will be part of a larger program organisation with cross-functional team members, all working closely together towards our shared vision of democratizing our clinical data.


If you are curious to learn more, please contact Program Manager Christian Sørensen (+45 3075 5686)


14th of April 2023. We will call for interviews on an ongoing basis, so please don’t hesitate to submit your application.

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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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