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Agile Marketing Excellence Lead

Novo Nordisk
Plainsboro, NJ
Start date
May 28, 2024

Job Details

About the Department 

Our Commercial Strategy and Marketing group creates and delivers human-centered experiences, where innovation meets customer-centricity, driving the ultimate experience for our patients. Our focus extends beyond transactions to craft experiences as one fully integrated, aligned and connected organization that puts empathy at the center, powered by insight and foresight.


We develop an end-to-end approach to strategy, focusing on every touchpoint that impacts our customers. We leverage data and insights to inform our decision-making processes, ensuring that our strategies are rooted in a deep understanding of customer needs and behaviors. Our 'test and learn’ mindset and approach enables us to iterate rapidly and refine our strategies based on real-world results.


We are building an intentional team culture that is made up of diverse skillsets, united by the shared belief that reinvention and learning is what fuels continuous growth. Do you get excited about exploring the unknown? Does the idea of driving value through human-centered design pull you in? Are you ready to experiment with us? ​


The Position

The Agile Marketing Excellence Lead is crucial in spearheading the development and embedding agile ways of working & methodologies across the Commercial Strategy & Marketing (CS&M) organization. The Agile Marketing Excellence lead will be a dedicated advocate for Agile principles and methodologies, with a proven ability to drive collaboration, knowledge sharing, and continuous improvement within marketing teams. This role will play a critical part in promoting Agile excellence, enhancing marketing agility, and fostering a culture of innovation. This role will be accountable for setting up and guiding multiple agile teams across the CS&M organization.



Reports to Commercial Excellence & Innovation Lead. Collaborates with CS&M leadership, Agile coaches, and other stakeholders to align on agile business goals, priorities, and strategic objectives. The Agile Guild Lead has a team of  agile coaches and agile scrum masters.


Essential Functions

  • Agile Transformation Leadership: Lead Novo Nordisk’s agile transformation efforts by defining agile principles, practices, and frameworks tailored to the specific needs of the organization. Develop and implement strategies to drive agile adoption and maturity across CS&M teams and departments.
  • Agile Work Composition Coaching: Provide leadership and team-level coaching for roadmap and backlog management, prioritization, and work decomposition.  Leverages continuous improvement process to provide guidance for evolving Agile model and approach
  • Community Leadership: Lead the Agile Community of Practice, serving as a champion for Agile principles, values, and practices across the organization
  • Community Engagement and Knowledge Sharing: Actively engage with Agile practitioners, enthusiasts, and stakeholders to foster a vibrant and inclusive Agile community. Organize regular forums, events, meetups, and knowledge sharing sessions to promote collaboration, networking, and the exchange of best practices among agile teams
  • Training and Development: Develop and deliver training programs, workshops, and coaching sessions to build Agile capability and skills across teams and departments
  • Stakeholder Alignment: Collaborate with CS&M leadership, Agile coaches, and other stakeholders to align Agile initiatives with business goals, priorities, and strategic objectives
  • Change Management and Stakeholder Engagement: Champion agile principles and practices across the organization and promote buy-in and support from stakeholders at all levels. Partner with senior leadership, functional leads, and cross-functional teams to drive cultural change and overcome resistance to agile adoption
  • Scalability and Enterprise Agility: Collaborate with enterprise agile coaches and leaders to ensure alignment of agile practices and initiatives with broader organizational goals and objectives. Develop strategies to scale agile practices across the enterprise and drive alignment and consistency in agile implementation
  • Agile Coaching and Training: Provide guidance, mentorship, and coaching to Agile teams, Scrum Masters, CS&M leadership, and other stakeholders to enhance their understanding and application of Agile methodologies
  • Metrics and Reporting: Define key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to measure the effectiveness and impact of Agile practices within the organization. Generate reports and insights to track progress and identify areas for improvement
  • Continuous Improvement and Innovation: Stay abreast of industry trends, best practices, and emerging technologies in agile Drive initiatives to continuously improve Agile practices, processes, and tools within CS&M. Gather feedback, analyze metrics, and identify opportunities for enhancement
  • People Development and Coaching: Responsible for setting and communicating clear individualized role expectations for each report based on position, skills, talents, and objectives. Ensure that reporting personnel have strengths-based individual development plans (IDP), with annual goals and measurements that are consistent with the priorities of the business. Provide regular coaching of reports that prioritizes appropriate challenging, development, feedback, regular recognition, and support
  • Customer Focus: Keep a strong focus on customer feedback and behavior to guide marketing and ensure that campaigns are effectively addressing user needs and market trends

    Physical Requirements

    Approximately 20-30% overnight travel.


    Development of People

    Supervisory, ensure that reporting personnel have Individual Development Plans (IDP), with annual goals and measurements that are consistent with the priorities of the business, and that interim reviews are held so that their work is focused on those priorities, and they understand their level of accountability for results and the measurement process. Ensure that the IDP forms include completed learning and aspiration plans and are in place for all reporting personnel to enable the achievement of goals and capability to assume increased levels of responsibility. Manage the application and communication of all Novo Nordisk policies, procedures, and Novo Nordisk Way.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, Communication, Engineering, Information Technology or related field (or equivalent experience) required
  • Proven experience in Agile methodologies, with a minimum of 12+ years of experience in Agile coaching, Scrum Master, agile transformation, or related roles within marketing or digital marketing
  • Strong leadership and facilitation skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate marketing teams to embrace Agile principles and practices
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage and influence stakeholders at all levels of the marketing organization.
  • Certification & proven expertise in Agile methodologies (e.g., Certified ScrumMaster, SAFe Agilist) required
  • Experience in organizing and facilitating workshops, training sessions, and community events within a marketing context
  • Deep understanding of Agile frameworks (e.g., Scrum, Kanban, Lean) and Agile scaling frameworks (e.g., SAFe, LeSS), with a focus on their application in marketing
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to identify opportunities for improvement and drive change within marketing processes and workflows
  • Passion for continuous learning and professional development, with a commitment to staying updated on industry trends and best practices in Agile marketing
  • Experience with Agile collaboration tools (e.g., Jira, Confluence, Trello) and marketing automation platforms is a plus
  • Experience building and fostering communities of practice, organizing events, and facilitating knowledge sharing sessions
  • Proven track record of driving successful agile transformations, improving team performance, and delivering business results in a complex and dynamic environment
  • Embodies leadership behaviors, including authenticity, servant leadership, will, empathy, decisiveness, and driving focus and simplicity
  • People management experience required, with a proven track record of development and coaching

    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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