The European Finance graduate programmes
Novo Nordisk’s graduate programme in European Finance is a great opportunity for future finance leaders to join a successful and ambitious international company.
In Novo Nordisk we have 3 different finance graduate programmes:
In this section you will find details about applying for the European Finance graduate programme. For details on the Corporate Finance or International Operations Finance graduate programmes please click on the appropriate programme name in the left hand menu. The application process for the European Finance and Corporate Finance graduate programmes is combined. You therefore have the possibility to apply for both programmes in the same application. However, the application process for the International Operations Finance programme is conducted by the local affiliate. No matter which you choose you will obtain a wide range of international opportunities within the finance organisation in Novo Nordisk during your journey.
The graduate programme is a great springboard for launching a life-changing career, offering you a unique chance to use your recently-acquired master's degree to make a difference to patients and begin your career in a an ambitious global pharmaceutical company: Novo Nordisk, the world leader in diabetes care.
Structure of the programme
The European Finance graduate programme is a 2-year journey consisting of three rotations. You will start your programme with a rotation in our European regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. You will then have one rotation in our corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and finally one rotation in a large sales affiliate in Europe. Each rotation focuses on finance and the related processes.
After successfully completing the programme you will be equipped with the skills to embark on your career at Novo Nordisk with a permanent position – typically in a challenging position within the European Finance organisation or a Commercial Function (sales/marketing). While you could be based in Denmark, your broad network and international experience from the programme will enable global career opportunities.
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Launch your career
Novo Nordisk’s Region Europe covers 36 countries, grouped in 7 Business Areas and the regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Region Europe employs more than 3000 people.
We are keen to contribute to Novo Nordisk’s triple-bottom line philosophy by making a significant difference to patients and society through our passion and innovative products, while also delivering exciting results from a business perspective.
Join us and you could make a difference too!
As a member of the European Finance graduate programme, you will gain extensive understanding of European business and finance operations.
You will be part of various teams and be introduced to the following areas:
- Controlling and management reporting
- Financial planning
- Sales reporting & analysis
- Market analysis
- Corporate finance: M&A, tax, treasury
Throughout the programme you will be introduced to the finance organisation and also be exposed to business and market analysis, while having plenty of interactions with stakeholders from other business areas. The programme will provide unique insights into the European operation and exposure to key stakeholders and leaders - two influential factors in shaping your future career path.
Scope of the programme
The European Finance programme offers three personalised rotations within the Region Europe headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, within Corporate Finance in Copenhagen, Denmark and within a large sales affiliate in Europe.
You will work closely with your mentor to plan your rotations and enhance your professional and personal development as much as possible.
The programme offers generous on-the-job experience, a steep learning curve and a multicultural network for recruits looking to launch a meaningful career in the pharmaceutical finance and market strategy industry.
The European Finance graduate programme consists of three job rotations over 2 years. The flow and content of your rotations are shaped individually to fit both your skills and development opportunities and at the same time to meet our business needs and focus areas.
Rotation 1 (12 months)
The first rotation is in European Strategic Operations in Zurich, where you will be exposed to finance controlling, balanced score card, financial planning and management reporting. Moreover you will work with business performance analysis, acquiring a good knowledge of the European market and the strategic implications on the business.
Rotation 2 (6 months)
The second rotation is typically in the our corporate headquarters in Denmark, where graduates are assigned within key corporate functions such as Mergers and Acquisitions, Treasury, Corporate Financial Planning or Group Internal Audit, depending on your interest and the needs of the business.
Rotation 3 (6 months)
The last rotation is in a European affiliate, where you will become truly close to the marketplace and get the chance to apply the knowledge gained in the previous rotations. You will get hands-on experience with the business challenges that pharmaceutical companies face in the marketplace.
In each of the rotations you will have a full position with clear responsibility for assigned tasks. The rotations are all characterised by a steep learning curve and high expectations will be set for you. You will be supported by training programmes and coaching ensuring that the necessary tools and advice are available for fast learning and development.
Who you are
To join the European Finance graduate programme you must hold a master's degree in a relevant subject, for example within finance, economics or business administration. You have an outstanding academic record and came top of your class.
Only recently graduated, you have no more than 1 year of work experience and you have an excellent command of both spoken and written English.
To be a problem-solver and decision maker in a global organisation, you will also have an international mind-set, the willingness to move within Europe, plenty of drive, good organisational skills and excellent interpersonal skills. If you’re also an outgoing and great team player, you might be just the person who will make a difference at Novo Nordisk.
Joining Novo Nordisk appeals to you, not because of the competitive salary we offer, but because the work we do is so rewarding - as we make a difference to the lives of people with chronic conditions around the world.