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Specialist - Environmental Health and Safety

Novo Nordisk
Boulder, Colorado, US
Closing date
May 16, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
About the Department

The Boulder Site is home to the specialized technical operations/CMC team for oligonucleotides and RNAi therapeutics, continuing its legacy as the hub for all manufacturing-related activities for GalXC™ and GalXC-Plus™ investigational therapeutics developed from Novo Nordisk's acquisition of Dicerna Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in December 2021. With a new laboratory completed in 2021 to support analytical and process development, the CMC team works alongside Quality, Regulatory, Technical Operations and RNAi Early Development professionals at our Boulder, Colorado facility and works closely with our teams in Lexington, Massachusetts. Ranked the No. 1 Place to Live for the second consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report, Boulder is experiencing a renaissance in biotech investment and is one of the world's leading centers for oligonucleotide innovation and manufacturing. Together, we are driving change. Are you ready to make a difference?

The Position

The primary focus for this position is to ensure that the NN TRU Boulder facility complies with all applicable environmental, health and safety regulations.


Reports to Senior Specialist EHS at US headquarters in MA. Internal relationships include working with Facility Personnel, Research Scientists, Research Associates and colleagues within Operations. External relationships include those with business partners and valued vendors.

Essential Functions
  • Manage the maintenance and implementation of safety programs, compliance plans, and initiatives with primary focus on laboratories as well as office and support work areas
  • Lead the investigation of incidents, near misses and property damage incidents. Ensure follow-up is done to minimize future exposure and proper records/documents are maintained
  • Create, conduct, coordinate and track various training to support company programs
  • Coordinate and manage all PHAs
  • Chemical Hygiene officer and manage the chemical hygiene plan
  • Manage chemical and noise exposure plan. Create plan to mitigate
  • Review all chemical sds to determine compatibility and health issues
  • Coordinate and manage all permitting to include air ,water, waste
  • Manage the laboratory waste disposal
  • Perform risk assessments, job hazard analysis
  • Develop, maintain, and implement emergency procedure and evacuation plans
  • Implement and maintain LOTO plan
  • Lead on site emergency coordinators
  • Conduct routine safety observations to ensure compliance with regulatory agencies, company environmental, health, and safety policies, procedures and practices
  • Maintain internal and regulatory reporting including data collection and reporting including but not limited to waste management, air, storm water and waste water discharge
  • Ensure the company meets all its legislative compliance obligations with OSHA, WISHA, EPA, Colorado state, ADA, and fire codes
  • Serve as onsite contact for all regulatory agencies for inspections, permitting, reporting (e.g., flammable permits, water, waste)
  • Maintain compliance with permits, government regulations and other industry practices
  • Keep abreast of any safety and environmental law or regulation changes that impact the organization

Physical Requirements

0-10% overnight travel required.

  • Ability to take necessary steps to ensure a safe work environment for all employees
  • Participate in NNRC Seattle meetings to discuss workplace safety and regulatory concerns and opportunities
  • Actively role model all company environmental, health and safety standards
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with Scientists, Managers, Supervisors and employees
  • Keep the Facilities Manager and Human Resources Manager up to date on matters relating to, environmental, health and safety
  • Assist in the oversight of the Workers Compensation program
  • Special projects as required
  • Critical Competencies
  • Safety Orientation
  • Active and Formal Communication
  • Functional/Technical Knowledge
  • Organizing and Planning
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Relationship Building
  • Initiative
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness
  • Qualifications / Other Requirements
  • BS in Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Occupational Health and Safety or related field, Masters degree preferred. Advanced degree may be substituted for experience as appropriate. 5+ years experience in a health sciences environment with responsibility for Environmental, Health and Safety
  • Proficient PC skills including Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to be on call or work off hours as needed
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with attention to detail and organizational abilities
  • Superior analytical/ problem solving, written and verbal communications
  • Experience working with local regulatory agencies preferred
  • Familiarity with technologies to ensure compliance

The base compensation range for this position is $70,470 to $126,850. Base compensation is determined based on a number of factors. This position is also eligible for a company bonus based on individual and company performance.

Novo Nordisk offers long-term incentive compensation and or company vehicles depending on the position's level or other company factors.

Employees are also eligible to participate in Company employee benefit programs including medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; disability insurance; 401(k) savings plan; flexible spending accounts; employee assistance program; tuition reimbursement program; and voluntary benefits such as group legal, critical illness, identity theft protection, pet insurance and auto/home insurance. The Company also offers time off pursuant to its sick time policy, flex-able vacation policy, and parental leave policy.

The job posting is anticipated to close on January 22, 2024. The Company may however extend this time-period, in the case the posting will remain available on our careers website at www.novonordisk-us/

We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.

The compensation range for this position is $80,670-$141,170.

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.

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