Pharmacovigilance Manager International Operations

Istanbul – Turkey
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07 September 2023


Are you an experienced and dedicated Pharmacovigilance professional who thrives in a fast-paced environment? Do you have professional authority in all interactions with internal and external stakeholders, as well as a good capacity to work against deadlines and organize and prioritize tasks/resources? If yes, we might be looking just for you! Join us in International Operations – Strategic Operations Hub in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Position

Pharmacovigilance Manager in International Operations – Strategic Operations unit role (IO SO) offers a unique opportunity to influence and set direction for the Pharmacovigilance (PV) function within International Operations. You will contribute to and drive the successful implementation of strategic IO PV initiatives, while ensuring that implementation is followed by effective maintenance and oversight. You will need to allocate a significant amount of time to diligently engage in the development and implementation of the IO PV Supplier solution.

Your main accountabilities will be:

-Process Alignment Leadership: Spearhead the alignment and optimization of Pharmacovigilance (PV) processes across International Operations (IO) regions. Rapidly identify opportunities for alignment and facilitate effective best practice sharing within IO, with external partners, and between IO and Head Quarter Global Safety.
-Advisory Role: Function as a trusted advisory resource for stakeholders spanning regions and affiliates within the IO organization. Offer expertise on IO-SO PV initiatives, processes, and requirements, fostering compliance and cohesion.
-Departmental Positioning: Assume a pivotal role within the Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance department, housed within the International Operations Strategic Operations (IO-SO) – Clinical, Medical, and Regulatory (CMR) unit, with a dedicated focus on International Operations. This necessitates seamless collaboration and communication with stakeholders across the global NN organization.
-Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Collaborate effectively with stakeholders from diverse professional disciplines, including Global Safety in HQ, Regions, and IO affiliates. Ensure alignment with global objectives and emphasize the critical role of PV in safeguarding patient safety.

As a person, you possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, enabling effective collaboration with both internal and external stakeholders. Your robust planning and coordination abilities, combined with a keen sense of quality and timeliness, ensure that tasks are efficiently managed.


To be successful in this position, you will need:

-Master’s degree in life sciences (e.g. within medical/pharmaceutical/biological sciences)
-Minimum 5 years of experience in bio/pharmaceutical industry with 2+ years within the PV domain
-Brad hands-on experience within PV, preferably from an affiliate position or CRO position
-Good knowledge of pharmacovigilance principles and the international regulatory requirements regarding drug safety
-Strong project management skills
-Good knowledge of business processes required for establishing PV contracts/agreements with external parties
-Substantial knowledge about handling of safety in commercial activities to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements
-Knowledge of GMP and GCP requirements including GXP documentation
-Experience with working in international and diverse professional groups
-A good understanding of the pharmaceutical industry value chain
-Both excellent written and spoken English

About the Department

Headquartered in Zurich, International Operations (IO) cover 22 time-zones in 194 countries and has 13.000 employees around the world working passionately to change over 20 million patients´ lives each day. The IO-SO (international Operations – Strategic Operations) Clinical, Medical & Regulatory (CMR) sets the pace for CMR function across international Operations.

IO-SO Regulatory Affairs and Pharmacovigilance department leads the PV function across all 7 IO Regions (-210 FTE´s) to ensure that the function´s strategic direction support IO commercial success.

Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive it. 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. From research and development, through to manufacturing, marketing and sales – we’re all working to move the needle on patient care.


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Apply before 20th of September 2023.

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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