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  • Posted: Sep 2, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • At Novo Nordisk, we are driving change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic conditions. Diabetes poses one of today’s biggest global health challenges. We work for a future where fewer people get diabetes, everyone with diabetes is diagnosed, and everyone who is diagnosed receives adequate treatment and can live a life with as few limitations a...
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    Market Access & Public Affairs (MAPA) Director

    About the job

    Department: Market Access & Public Affairs

    Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

    Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 95 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care and leading position in obesity care. While obesity is traditionally considered a 'first world problem', its prevalence in low and middle-income countries is increasing dramatically. At Novo Nordisk, we are committed to changing this situation, and our scientists are working relentlessly to develop new medicines that target the unmet needs of people living with this complex disease.

    Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs over 45,000 people in 80 countries, and markets its products in more than 169 countries. We have been operating in South Africa since 1959. Novo Nordisk (Pty) Ltd established as a regional office in South Africa, currently employs more than 150 people. All employees share a passion for changing patients’ lives and a determination to help people achieve a better and healthier lifestyle.

    We are looking for a Market Access & Public Affairs Director, who will drive our South African affiliate across the different Therapy Areas. Reporting to the Vice President and General Manager for South Africa, you will be a part of the Leadership Team, which is responsible for driving business across South Africa.

    The position

    As Market Access & Public Affairs Director, you will be responsible for creating and driving the market access and public affairs strategies that align with the Global/Regional/BA strategies and leverage growth for Novo Nordisk South Africa.

    You will be responsible for ensuring that the affiliate identifies and acts on short to medium term opportunities to meet annual business targets.

    You must develop strong, enduring networks with all key stakeholders and maintain the visibility/awareness of Novo Nordisk portfolio (existing & future) with key decision makers within the healthcare system. As MA&PA Director, you will also be responsible for developing evidence-based value propositions suitable for the market and communicating them to payers in order to obtain, optimise and defend market access at a price reflecting the brand value.

    As a key ambassador for Novo Nordisk will be responsible for strengthening, developing and influencing external environment within the health care industry to support market access for the Novo Nordisk portfolio, while enhancing the reputation of Novo Nordisk with external stakeholders. You will provide overall public affairs direction for the affiliate.


    You have a university degree, preferably in Business or Science. Experience around health economics and pricing, would be an advantage. You have minimum of 10 years of relevant pharmaceutical industry experience with market access and public affairs leadership and prior responsibility for payer relations. A deep understanding of South African healthcare and reimbursement system is essential. Strong organizational and people management skills are also required. You have strong communication and interpersonal skills, can take initiative and influence stakeholders at a senior management level.

    Working at Novo Nordisk

    At Novo Nordisk we recognise 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 the communities we operate in.

    We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. We are happy to discuss flexible working, depending on the role and subject to business needs.


    To submit your application, please upload your CV and motivational letter online (click on Apply and follow the instructions). Internal candidates are kindly requested to inform their line Manager before applying.

    Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups as prescribed by Section 15 of the Employment Equity Act, No. 55 of 1998 as well as Novo Nordisk’s Diversity & Inclusion aspirations.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Novo Nordisk on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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