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Patient Safety Senior Associate

Novo Nordisk
Plainsboro, NJ
Start date
May 16, 2024

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About the Department                                                                                                                                               

The Clinical Development, Medical and Regulatory (CMR) department at Novo Nordisk is one of the most diverse and collaborative groups within the organization. From health-care-provider interactions and developing and implementing regulatory strategies with the FDA to providing medical education and collecting data to support efficacy and new product development, CMR is involved. The one thing that keeps us all marching to the same beat is our patient-centered focus. At Novo Nordisk, you will help patients around the world. As their needs evolve, so does our challenge to find better and more innovative ways to improve their quality of life. We’re changing lives for a living. Are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

Responsible for the receipt, documentation, triage and quality assessment of inbound safety information, including adverse events and technical complaints, for Novo Nordisk Inc.'s (NNI) US marketed products (drugs and devices). Also responsible for ensuring compliance with all internal and external (e.g. FDA) drug and device safety reporting requirements regarding the collection and maintenance of safety information.



Reports to Patient Safety Management. Daily internal interactions with personnel from Patient Safety, Medical Information, Field Sales, Customer Complaints Center, Suppliers and Patient Centric Customer Care. Daily external interactions with patients, caregivers, health-care professionals.


Essential Functions

  • Ability to perform all responsibilities of more junior staff, including but not limited to: Processing of adverse events and associated technical complaints and analysis results related to marketed NNI products into the local intake, complaint and global safety databases, including but not limited to:
  • Duplicate searches
  • Product coding
  • MedDRA coding
  • Narrative generation
  • Labeling assessment according to the current approved product label
  • Receive inbound and make outbound calls for adverse events and technical complaints including handling of refund of replacement requests
  • Handle escalated calls
  • Handle incoming and outgoing follow-up correspondence
  • Scan and archive incoming mail containing safety information
  • Collect and document information received during outbound follow-up calls
  • Perform triage, case classification and case assignment
  • Perform reconciliations
  • Perform data entry and review of adverse events and associated technical complaints and provide ongoing feedback regarding case quality to other case handlers to support their continued development and ensure excellent case quality
  • Assist with training of new hires; mentor new hires
  • Generation of investigation result letters for patients and healthcare professionals who report product quality issues
  • Perform call monitoring for Patient Safety calls and provide feedback to team members
  • Process feedback from Customer Complaint Center and Clayton; provide feedback to case handlers
  • Serve as Subject Matter Expert for adverse events and technical complaints during audits/inspections
  • Assist with workload coordination/distribution
  • Build customer loyalty by providing high quality customer service
  • Provide professional, accurate and timely responses to product information questions and other inquiries using current approved product labeling and call scripts
  • Identify procedural deficiencies and opportunities for process improvements; make improvement recommendations to management and support implementation of solutions
  • Assist with department related projects

    Physical Requirements

    0-10% overnight travel required; May be required to work company holidays and weekends.



  • Bachelor’s degree required (in medical or science-related discipline preferred); relevant experience may be substituted for degree, when appropriate (e.g. Registered Nurse with clinical experience)
  • A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible, relevant experience; relevant pharmacovigilance, safety experience (including MedDRA coding and adverse event identification) preferred
  • A minimum of 2 years of Customer Service experience preferred
  • Strong knowledge of pharmacovigilance terminology required
  • Knowledge of NNI supported disease states preferred (e.g. diabetes, obesity, hemophilia, growth hormone disorders)
  • Experience with audits/inspections preferred
  • Analytical thinking skills required
  • Proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook required
  • Experience with a Call Center and Drug Safety database preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required
  • Ability to work with sensitive or confidential information required
  • Strong attention to detail required
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and demands in a fast-paced environment required
  • Strong planning, organizational and time management skills required
  • Ability to interact with various levels of the organization required
  • Ability to form strong working relationships with stakeholders required
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish-English) a plus

    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.


    Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 54,400 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. For more information visit

    Our US Research & Development hub, located in the Greater Boston area, brings together the best talent to drive life science innovation. Located in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge, our teams reflect the full scope of R&D, from early research through late-stage clinical development. We are building for the future by creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. By combining the speed and agility of biotech with the quality, resources, and stability of a large pharmaceutical company, our US R&D hub will benefit from the best of both worlds to develop new medicines that meet the needs of patients.


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