Join the Global Marketing Graduate Programme
Want to help bring life-changing products to people all over the world? The Global Marketing Programme, based at our company headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark is open to applicants from all over the world. This is a great opportunity for future business leaders to gain international experience in a world-leading company. Read the blog to find out how our current graduates are getting on.
About the programme
The Global Marketing Graduate Programme is designed to provide you with comprehensive knowledge of our marketing operation and a solid understanding of the underlying business. The programme is a 2-year journey consisting of three 8-month rotations within the marketing and sales departments, both in Global Marketing Headquarters in Denmark and in our global affiliates. Our most recent graduates have enjoyed rotations in Turkey, Italy, the UK and the US – read their blog to discover more.
During the programme you will experience a variety of challenging tasks and projects - from cross-departmental project work, internal/external stakeholder management to a broad variety of tasks related to pre-launch activities, product launch, and lifecycle management - offering increasing responsibility within Novo Nordisk's broad portfolio of diabetes and other life-changing products.
When you have successfully completed the programme, you will be equipped with the necessary skills for a successful career in Novo Nordisk - typically with a position in Denmark, e.g. as a Product Manager or Project Manager. However, your broad network and international experience from the programme will also provide global career opportunities.
Meet Programme Manager Ove Munch Ovesen
What you will be doing
During the three 8-month rotations you will work full-time and learn the marketing skills and analytical competences relevant to the rotation placement. The rotations are all characterised by a steep learning curve and high expectations will be set for you. The flow and content of the rotations are shaped individually to suit your skills and development needs while at the same time meeting our business requirements and addressing our focus areas.
Below is an example of how the rotations could be shaped:
Based in our headquarters in Denmark, the first rotation will give you in-depth experience with the entire pharmaceutical life-cycle of a brand as for example launch/life-cycle or pre-launch. Tasks are strategic and analytical in nature and could include challenging tasks such as product strategy development, positioning/branding, market research, forecasting, conferences and development of promotional material and communication.
Rotation 2 - Marketing rotation
The second rotation will be based in one of our global affiliates. Here you will gain insights into the analytical and operational work of a Local Product Manager. You could be working on product launch planning/execution, annual business planning, conference organisation and development of educational materials for physicians and patients.
Rotation 3 – Sales rotation
Your last rotation will give you experience with the final link in the pharmaceutical value-chain. You will get to understand the foundation of the pharmaceutical business drivers, our customers´ needs and the selling skills necessary to connect with our customers. You will be given responsibility for your own customer and sales targets. Opportunities in sales can also include involvement in sales operation tasks such as targeting or performance analysis.
Our most recent graduates have enjoyed rotations in China, Germany, the UK and US. For more specific examples of the different job tasks, read the blog posts from current Global Marketing Graduates.
Throughout the programme you will be working closely with your mentor to plan your rotations and enhance your professional and personal development to learn as much as possible.
Your development opportunities
The graduate programme is a great springboard for launching a life-changing career, offering you a unique chance to make a difference to patients and begin your career in Novo Nordisk, the world-leader in diabetes care.
The areas of expertise where you will gain invaluable experience include:
- Product strategy development and implementation
- Product positioning and branding
- Product development, launch or withdrawal
- Market research and analysis
- Forecasting and pricing strategy
- Conference exhibitions and symposia
- Promotional material and communication
- Communication strategy and implementation
During the rotations you will receive training, gain hands-on experience and a unique insight into the business processes organisation, be exposed to senior managers and develop a thorough understanding of the Novo Nordisk business. Your professional and personal development and international network will be influential factors in shaping your future career path in Novo Nordisk.
While taking on a broad variety of responsibilities, you will enjoy the privilege of being part of both formal and informal graduate networks. This will allow you to broaden your learning even further while building your opportunities and relationships across the company.
Read Icelandic graduate Arnar Thordarson’s blog about working within Global Marketing.
Working within Global Marketing
Over 300 employees work in Global Marketing, which is based in our headquarters in Denmark and at our regional office in Zurich, Switzerland. It includes over 30 different nationalities and has a range of diverse backgrounds including doctors, pharmacists, business and sales representatives.
In Global Marketing we provide early business input to discovery projects and prepare long-term marketing strategies. We prepare the markets for product launches and ensure execution of marketing strategies locally. We are also responsible for managing our global key opinion leader relationships successfully.
Global Marketing has highly-skilled, dynamic teams working in an international environment. We provide Novo Nordisk with a competitive edge and drive shareholder return. Our vision is to be the best marketing operation in the global pharmaceutical industry by being a pivotal contributor to value creation in Novo Nordisk. The task is to shape Global Product Launches, strengthen Global Brand Management, focus on our Customers and develop People and Organisation.
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.
Have you got what it takes?
To join the Global Marketing Graduate Programme you have completed – or planning to finalize - a master's degree in a relevant field, for example within marketing, branding, product management or business and have no more than 1 year of work experience since finishing your studies. You have an above average academic record and an excellent command of both spoken and written English.
You are driven by a desire to make a difference and are performance-oriented, outgoing, ready for change and you have a “can-do” attitude. Being part of a company at the cutting-edge of a highly complex and innovative industry, you will need to be able to learn fast and communicate your great ideas well. You also have a strategic and analytical mind-set.
Joining Novo Nordisk appeals to you, not just because we respect and value our employees, but also because of what we do: we make a difference to people living with chronic conditions around the world.
Why not also take a look at the hundreds of current job vacancies at Novo Nordisk, sign up to our job agent or follow us on LinkedIn. You never know, one of the 5,000+ life-changing jobs we offer each year may be your perfect career match.
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