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The International Business Graduate Programme provides a springboard for a life-changing career and a unique chance to bring your knowledge, skills and talent to life in a global business environment. Read the presentation on these pages, explore the blog, connect with us on Facebook.
This specific program is targeted at local candidates from below countries. If you are a resident of another country please see the many other Graduate Programmes, which are targeted at a global audience.
The International Business Graduate Programme for newly graduated master’s students is a 2-year programme. During this time you will explore the company and develop your personal and professional skills through 3 job rotations.
The journey starts in your home country (see list of affiliates and business areas below). Next rotation will take you to our headquarters in Denmark and the last rotation will bring you back to a country within the business region you started in (different from your home country).
The Business Graduate Programme will give you the opportunity to learn valuable skills as you work across different business areas and countries to accomplish your goals.
After finishing the programme, our Graduates are hired in positions ranging from internal consultants, specialists and international project managers.
Scope of the programme
The International Operations Business Graduate Programme consists of three rotations of 8-months, with each period enhancing your business understanding. The rotations can also take place in different parts of the organisation depending on the projects and business needs e.g. Business Development, Regulatory Affairs, Product Supply or similar. All Graduates in the International Operations Business Programme will learn about the following three areas:
- Project Management
- Marketing and Sales
During the two years as a Graduate you will explore the company and learn the Novo Nordisk Way in 3 different geographical locations. The 3 rotations will take place in the local country you apply for, our headquarters in Denmark and in one of our business regions or in a different affiliate than the one you started in.
After finishing the programme, you will take up a permanent position in your home country as e.g. an internal consultant, analyst, specialist or international project managers. Your broad network and international experience from the Programme will enable global career opportunities in Novo Nordisk in the future. The Graduates will also be expected to be flexible in terms of location after the Programme ends in case alternative opportunities abroad comes up.
To join the Business Graduate Programme you will need a recent master’s degree in economics, management, international business, marketing or a related field.
We are looking for local talents who are results-oriented, ambitious and able to adapt to change. As a candidate you will have worked for no more than 1 year since finishing your studies. You will need to be able to work as part of a team and enjoy learning new things in a fast-paced environment.
Structure of the programme
Novo Nordisk’s Graduate Programme in International Operations Business will give you the opportunity to gain valuable skills, as you work across different business areas and countries, to accomplish your goals in a successful and ambitious international company.
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 journey to the top in a global pharmaceutical company: Novo Nordisk, the world leader in diabetes care.
The International Operations Business Graduate Programme is a 2-year journey consisting of three 8-month rotations. The rotations will take place in the local country you apply for, then you will work at our headquarters in Denmark and finally last rotation is in one of our business regions or in the local affiliate (different from your home country).
With each rotation you’ll face new challenges and gain knowledge and experience, while at the same time expand your professional network for your future career. During this time you will explore the company and learn the Novo Nordisk Way.
After successfully completing the programme you will embark on your career at Novo Nordisk with a permanent position - perhaps as an internal consultant, specialist or international project manager. Your broad network and international experience from the programme will enable global career opportunities.
Launch your career
International Operations is one of the five regions within Novo Nordisk Operations representing the larger part of the world’s geography that includes South America, Africa, Middle East, Russia & CIS-markets, Asia and Australia. With a current population of 4.5 billion people and expected diabetes burden of 300 million by 2030 (representing 60% of the diabetes population) we are committed to Changing Diabetes and changing the lives of people with haemophilia.
Join our global organization
Business Area Oceania, South East Asia (BAOS)
Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Novo Nordisk established a regional office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia more than 3 years ago and currently employs 25 people in various regional functions, including Marketing & Commercial Effectiveness, Finance, Logistics & IT, People & Organization, Clinical, Medical, Regulatory Affairs and Quality. We are responsible for 16 countries within the Oceania, Pacific and South East Asia regions with affiliate offices in 8 countries.
All our employees share the same passion and commitment in our journey to make a difference to patients’ lives. If you share the same passion as we do, if you are a motivated go-getter who can adapt to any environment, then look no further! Join us for a life-changing career.
Indonesia is one of the most populated countries in the world and the gap between the numbers of diabetes patients and the patients who get the right treatment is larger than in other countries. Consequently, there are numerous opportunities to change diabetes. Novo Nordisk is the first to take the initiative to change diabetes in Indonesia. In line with our Triple bottom Line, we have created a mid-sized market for Novo Nordisk International Operations. Every day our 190 employees are making a difference and helping to improve life of people living with diabetes and other diseases in Indonesia. You can be one of them and start your life-changing career with us as a graduate.
Among the 242 MM Indonesians, 7.6 MM people live with diabetes and 12.6 MM have pre-diabetes. Less than 1% of Indonesians living with diabetes achieve the right treatment and only one in eight, who are in need of insulin actually gets it. As such it is estimated that in 10 years 10 millions Indonesians will live with diabetes. Almost one million of these Indonesians will require insulin. The alarming scenario has inspired the NN Blueprint for Change Programme to investigate in the Indonesian diabetes challenge.
The Representative Office of Novo Nordisk A/S in Vietnam belongs to Business Area Oceania Southeast Asia and is the biggest market of BAOS’ sub-cluster, named South East Asian Emerging Markets, which consist of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka & the Maldives.
Novo Nordisk established its Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh (HCMC), commercial capital of Vietnam, on 30th Nov 2012, having started its sales & distribution operations in 01.1999 through one of the two major local distributors. A satellite office in Hanoi (HN), the government capital, was inaugurated on 27th June 2013. At current, a vast growing workforce of 97 is supporting the business and tremendous untapped opportunities to change life of people living with diabetes and other disease in Vietnam and the SEEM countries are yet to be unveiled; you can be a part and start your life-changing career tomorrow!
Read more about the challenge in Vietnam here.
Business Area Africa (BAAF)
Based in Dubai
Covering Africa, Novo Nordisk’s BAAF region represents one of the most dynamic business areas in Novo Nordisk with an average annual growth rate of 21% over the last 7 years, covering operations in 55 countries including 6 affiliate offices (Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Middle Africa, South Africa) and the BA office is in Dubai.
Over 800 employees work in BAAF and we generate sales of more than 2 BDKK per year. It takes only one visit to notice the diversity and dynamics across BAAF.
In BAAF we believe that people are our greatest asset and so we are committed to offering life changing careers. With our extensive growth, we expect there to be lots of opportunities for exciting positions in the region.
Novo Nordisk established an office in Algeria in 1996 and today employs 350 people nationwide, including 130 people who work in our local facility producing oral anti-diabetics. It is thanks to the engagement and creativity of our employees that every year Novo Nordisk Algeria achieves and exceeds our ambitions in this country, and has become the leading company in all the therapeutic area we operate in: diabetes, haemophilia and Growth hormone.
Novo Nordisk is also very active and has become a preferred partner to the Ministry of Health thanks to its three main Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to change diabetes (and soon to come hemophilia) in Algeria. The three strategic initiatives are ’The Mobile Clinic "Changing Diabetes®"’, ‘The Algeria Changing Diabetes Barometer Project’, and ‘The Novo Nordisk diabetes therapeutic education program’. Besides those three strategic initiatives, Novo Nordisk Algeria is also very much engaged in curving down the diabetes pandemic by promoting the “Early Origin of Health” initiative, which will leverage awareness and focus on Gestational Diabetes and on the crucial role of women in the prevention of diabetes for the next generations.
We are looking for graduates who will thrive in this motivating environment and will share the passion and commitment of our employees.
Middle Africa affiliate
Novo Nordisk Middle Africa was formed in early 2012 with 44 employees, which includes 16 nationalities spanning 48 countries in Africa. Novo Nordisk has an established presence with human insulin in Africa and our focus today is to sustain the growth of the market, ensure availability of better quality modern insulin within the markets and support the communities living with diabetes. We are looking to hire a graduate or young professional who is eager to be a part of a diverse team in an ever-changing environment, full of challenges and great opportunities for business growth, while positively impacting the lives of people living with diabetes.
South African affiliate
The South African Affiliate has been in existence since 1959. We employ 125 talented professionals from multicultural and diverse backgrounds. Strong departments within the organisation exist in Diabetes and Biopharmaceuticals as well as the support functions: Clinical, Medical & Regulatory, Market Access, Finance & IT and HR. Most employees multi-task and have a very varied job description. This makes for an exciting and motivating career with opportunities for growth and development particularly for high performers.
It is clear to us that sustainable healthcare involves much more than simply producing healthcare products. Changing Diabetes and Changing Possibilities in Haemophilia is the ambition that drives us forward in everything we do. We have shown that through awareness, education and better treatment options we can arm people with the information and courage they need to take charge of their condition.
Business Area Gulf, India & Egypt (BAGIE)
Based in Dubai
BAGIE is one of the six regions in International Operations covering Gulf, India and Egypt with headquarters in Dubai. The countries in this region are extremely diverse in their culture, as are the employees in the Dubai office.
Over 1,300 employees work in BAGIE and we generate sales of more than 350 million USD in 2014. There are more than 10 nationalities from different professional background working together making this office truly international. India & Saudi Arabia contributes significantly to BAGIE business, which places BAGIE among the highest regions in International Operations.
In BAGIE we believe that people are our greatest asset and so we are committed to offering life changing careers. With our extensive growth, we expect there to be lots of opportunities for exciting positions in the region.
Novo Nordisk Egypt belongs to the International Regional Office Africa, Gulf and India (IO-BAAGI) and is one of the emerging markets with the potential to contribute significantly to the growth aspirations of International Operations.
Novo Nordisk’s Egypt office was established in 1991 and currently employs 122 people from different countries, 80 % of whom are located in the sales and marketing departments in Novo Nordisk’s office in new Cairo. Their main focus is marketing of insulin portfolio and adding value to the Egyptian community.
The affiliate has launched their national Changing Diabetes Bus as part of the many other initiatives to improve the diabetes situation in the country. In addition, Egypt office is also responsible for the Novo Nordisk market in Sudan.
Further, Novo Nordisk Egypt was voted best employer in the 2013 by ‘Deloitte Best Company To Work For’ survey, Chemical & Pharmaceutical category. You can be one of them and start your life-changing career with us as a Graduate.
Business Area Near East (BANE)
Based in Istanbul, Turkey
Novo Nordisk’s Business Area Near East office represents one of our most dynamic business areas with unlimited growth opportunity. The countries represented in BANE include Turkey, Israel & Palestine territories, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Would you like to be part of the company’s growth engine and live the future today? Do you perform best where change is daily and the unexpected routine? Do you want to make a difference? If so then apply for a graduate position in Business Area Near East.
Novo Nordisk has been present in Turkey for more than 20 years. Based in Istanbul, we employ approximately 200 employees who are committed to improving the lives of people in need of diabetes care, haemophilia treatment and growth hormone therapy.
We are proud to be the leading company in all three therapeutic areas, serving around 600,000 patients with innovative medicines and supporting initiatives. We have the vision to be the true leader in sustainable development, working to balance financial results with social and environmental responsibilities.
We offer opportunities for our people to realise their potential and we strive to create a work environment that will enable individuals to experience life-changing careers. We welcome talented individuals to help us achieve our ambitions.
Business Area Latin America (BALAT)
Based in São Paulo, Brazil
Do you want to take part in a fast-growing region within a pharmaceutical company that is a worldwide leader in its market?
Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with 90 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care, and also has leading positions within haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Novo Nordisk employs more than 40,000 professionals in 75 countries, and markets its products in 180 countries.
Other than our strong focus on our patients, Novo Nordisk has a triple bottom line business philosophy and was ranked number 1 on the list of the most sustainable corporations in the world in 2012.
Latin America is home to some 580 million people, 8% of the world’s population. With growing markets and a rich cultural diversity, we have a very dynamic work environment, offering excellent growth opportunities for you! The Latin America region at Novo Nordisk covers a total of 40 countries in South and Central America, clustered in 7 affiliates – Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela – and we are continuously expanding our presence. Our more than 700 employees share a passion for changing patient’s lives.
We are a fast growing market that offers broad opportunities. You will be able to build your career among talented professionals in a multi-cultural and diverse environment. Come share the future with us. For a life-changing career, join Novo Nordisk Latin America!
Novo Nordisk established a regional office in Brazil in 1990 and currently employs 250 people. In addition, 800 employees work in our production plant in Montes Claros.
All our employees share a passion for changing patients’ lives. From its position of world leadership, Novo Nordisk works with constant focus and determination to help people achieve a better lifestyle and be more healthy. This passion has been demonstrated for nearly a century. If you want to share this passion and build a bright future in a fast-growing market, you’ve come to the right place! You will be able to build your career among talented professionals in a multicultural and diverse environment.Please note that we hire Master students as well as Bachelor students for the Graduate position in Brazil.
Novo Nordisk established an office in Colombia more than 3 years ago. Since then, we have been expanding at a very fast-pace and have achieved over 100% growth in the local diabetes and haemophilia markets. Novo Nordisk Colombia currently employs more than 60 employees in different fields including sales, marketing, finance, medical and human resources. We are looking for graduates who will thrive in this environment of dramatic growth, who will add value to our Colombian office and who want a career in a local as well as a global market.
The Argentinean affiliate, established in 1998, is one of the top three markets for Novo Nordisk in Latin America. Our ambition is to strengthen our leadership in diabetes and to change possibilities in haemophilia. We are market share leaders in all our key products, achieving a solid sales growth and delivering sustainable business results.
Novo Nordisk Argentina was awarded as a great workplace in 2012, 2009, 2008 and 2003 (Position # 1 in the ranking) by “Great Place to Work®”. We were also distinguished for our best practices related to “Inspire” and “Listen”. An excellent working climate, a challenging environment and a focus on integrity and compliance make the difference.
Today we are 115 employees who daily demonstrate a high level of commitment and passion, to improve the quality of life of people with diabetes, haemophilia and growth hormone disorder.
Central Latin America (CLAT)
Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical is a multicultural subsidiary of Novo Nordisk in Latin America in charge of 31 countries in Central America and the Caribbean, whose exciting mission is to create business opportunities in the area. At Novo Nordisk Pharmaceutical, you will be part of a strong team working strategically to build a new business model in the region. Would you like to be part of the challenge? Then join us! At Novo Nordisk we offer opportunities for our people to realise their full potential.
Novo Nordisk Mexico is a growing affiliate with more than 150 employees in one of the top strategic pharmaceutical markets. We are expanding our operations in these markets with the key objectives of changing diabetes and changing possibilities in haemophilia.
We have been recognized for the 7th year in a row as a Great Place to Work and as a Socially Responsible Company. We are a passionate team with the skills and the commitment to make a difference and lead the diabetes and haemophilia markets. Due to the growth of the Mexican affiliate, last April Mr. Lars Rebien Sorensen, President and CEO of Novo Nordisk, visited our country and opened a new facility located in Homero #1500 3rd Floor in Polanco area.
As a fast growing organization, we offer a wide range of opportunities. You will be able to build your career with us as a key person, trusted specialist or as a future leader in a multicultural and diverse environment. You can be one of them and start your life-changing career with us as a Graduate.
Business Area Commonwealth of Independent States (BACIS)
Based in Moscow, Russia
BACIS is a vast region that includes eleven countries from the Commonwealth of Independent States plus Georgia and Mongolia. It counts 4 affiliate offices in Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine with the regional office in Moscow (Russia). The construction of local manufacturing facilities for modern insulin was started in 2012 in Russia.
In BACIS we consider our employees to be the main key success factor. The vast region with diverse markets offers lots of opportunities for career development. We do our best to retain employees and attract talented and enthusiastic professionals who can contribute to our fight with diabetes in CIS and all over the world.
Russia is the biggest country and the largest market in BACIS. It is of strategic importance to International Operations and Novo Nordisk. The representation office was opened in 1991, now there are more than 360 employees working in different regions of Russia.
In Russia 12.7 million people have diabetes (IDF, 2012). Yet only 30% have been diagnosed, i.e. 3.7 million are officially registered. That means, that 9 million people have diabetes, but are receiving no treatment. Russia is a promising region where you can build a great career and help improve the quality of life for people with diabetes. Novo Nordisk is investing in the construction of the Greenfield plant for the production of modern insulin in Russia in Kaluga region.
The Business Graduate Programme will give you the opportunity to learn valuable skills as you work across different business areas and countries to accomplish your goals.
With each rotation you’ll face new challenges and gain knowledge and experience, while at the same time expanding your professional network for your future career.
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.
Furthermore, the programme will provide unique insights into the global operation and exposure to key stakeholders and leaders - two influential factors in shaping your future career path.
Who you are
To join the International Operations Business Graduate Programme you must hold a master's degree in a relevant subject, for example within economics, management, international business, marketing or a related field.
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.
You are a local talent who is results-oriented, ambitious and able to adapt to change. You are a great team player and enjoy learning new things in a fast-paced environment.
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.