Join the International Operations Business Graduate Programme
The International Business Graduate Programme is a springboard for a life-changing career for candidates with a recent master degree. Embark on a 2-year journey of 3 rotations offering a unique chance to bring your knowledge, skills and talent to life in a global business environment. If this appeals to you, continue reading, explore the Graduate blog and connect with us on Facebook.
About the Programme
The International Operations Business Graduate Programme is for newly graduated master’s and for those finalising it in 2015 and 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 above list of affiliates and check out the information about the business areas below. 2nd rotation will take you to our headquarters in Denmark and the 3rd rotation will bring you back to a country within the business region in where you started (different from your home country).
During the programme you will develop a broad range of invaluable skills as you work your way across different business areas and countries to accomplish our companies’ and your own goals. You will be starting a life-long adventure as you gain experience working in a broad range of business environments.
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 permanent position in the local country, for example as an project manager, project coordinator, analyst, internal consultant or specialist. However, your broad network and international experience from the programme will also provide global career opportunities.
What you will be doing
During the three 8-month rotations you will work full-time and gain extensive on-the-job experience relevant to the rotation placement. You get the chance to explore the company in 3 different geographical locations. The 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 in the one you started.
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. Throughout the programme you will be working closely with your programme manager to plan your rotations and enhance your professional and personal development to learn as much as possible.
The rotations 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
- Finance related projects
Read the blog posts from current International Operations Business graduates.
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 manager. 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 come up.
Working within International Operations
International Operations is one of the five regions within Novo Nordisk Operations representing the larger part of the world’s geography which includes South America, Africa, Middle East, Russia & CIS-markets (Commonwealth of Independent States), 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.
International Operations employs over 5,500 people, who represent more than 90 nationalities. Key words to describe International Operations are: energy, drive, passion, business and personal growth, ambition, opportunity, innovation, youth and diversity. We believe that the success of International Operations is primarily related to its people. Our young and ambitious workforce wants to make a difference while also doing good business. This means that we are keen to contribute to Novo Nordisk’s triple-bottom line (the company’s business 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 will make a difference too!
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Business Area Oceania, South East Asia (BAOS)
The prevalence of diabetes in South-East Asia is growing rapidly and there are increasing expectations to provide effective treatment and care for people suffering from diabetes. It is our clear ambition to outperform competition and continue as the undisputed leader in diabetes care across Oceania and South-East Asia.
Business Area South-East Asia Oceania (BAOS) is one of Region International Operations’ (IO) six business areas – dynamic with big growth opportunities with its regional office located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The countries represented in BAOS include Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, The Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Maldives and Myanmar, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, East Timor as well as a number of other sovereign territories and islands in the Pacific Ocean.
In BAOS we are looking for newly-graduated candidates for the International Operations Business Graduate Programmes in The Philippines targeted at local candidates.
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. In Indonesia, 8.6 million people live with diabetes and over 14 million people 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 get it. Novo Nordisk is the first to take the initiative of changing the diabetes pandemic for people living with diabetes. Every day our 220 employees are making a difference by helping improve the life of people living with diabetes and other diseases in Indonesia. Join us!
The Representative Office of Novo Nordisk A/S in Vietnam is located in the biggest market of the BAOS’ sub cluster - South East Asian Emerging Markets consisting of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Sri Lanka & the Maldives. Novo Nordisk established its Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh in November 2012. Currently, a growing workforce of 97 is supporting the business and exploring the untapped opportunities to change the life of people living with diabetes and other diseases in Vietnam.
The Philippines affiliate
With a population of about 100 million people, the Philippines is the 12th most populated country in the world. The incidence of diabetes in the Philippines, especially among children is alarming and a there is a big need for improvement of awareness, treatment rates, and optimal treatment for the more than 8 million Filipinos expected to suffer from diabetes by 2030. 15 years from now the Philippines is expected to be in the world’s top 10 countries with the most people with diabetes.
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 International Operations Business affiliate offices (Libya, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Middle Africa, South Africa) and the BA office in Dubai. Over 800 employees work in BAAF and we generate sales of more than 1,2 Billion USD 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 within the region.
In BAAF we are looking for newly-graduated candidates for the International Operations Business Graduate Programmes in Kenya intended for local candidates.
Middle Africa affiliate
Novo Nordisk Middle Africa was formed in early 2012. Novo Nordisk has an established presence within 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.
Business Area Gulf, India & Egypt (BAGIE)
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 backgrounds working together making this office truly international. India & Saudi Arabia contribute 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 within the region.
In BAGIE we are looking for newly-graduated candidates for the International Operations Business Graduate Programmes in Egypt intended for local candidates.
Egyptian affiliate Novo Nordisk Egypt belongs to the International Operations, Business Area Gulf, India and Egypt (IO-BAGIE) 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 holds 140 international employees with the majority within sales and marketing at the Head Office in New Cairo. Novo Nordisk Egypt has built and consolidated its leadership through operating in therapeutic areas such as Diabetes, Haemophilia and Growth Disorders.
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.
Furthermore, Novo Nordisk Egypt was voted Best Employer in 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? Do you want to make a difference? If so, then apply for a graduate position in Business Area Near East.
In BANE we are looking for newly-graduated candidates for the International Operations Business Graduate Programmes in Iran intended for local candidates.
Iranian affiliate For 20 years, Novo Nordisk has been present in Iran and with its establishment in 2005 we can proudly claim to be the first pharmaceutical and leading company in the country. Our affiliate is part of Business Area Near East (BANE), a fast growing dynamic region representing nine countries with unlimited growth opportunities. Based in Tehran, Novo Nordisk Iran employs hundreds of employees and offers opportunities for employees to realise their potential. We strive to create a work environment which enables individuals to experience life-changing careers.
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 which is a worldwide leader in its market?
Latin America is home to app. 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 Business Area Latin America (BALAT) 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 patients’ lives.
Latin America is a fast growing market which 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.
In BALAT we will be looking for newly-graduated candidates for the International Operations Business Graduate Programmes with application deadline in October 2015.
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.
In CLAT we are looking for newly-graduated candidates for the International Operations Business Graduate Programmes in Mexico intended for local candidates.
Nominated in Mexico as the best place to work in 2013, Novo Nordisk Mexico is a growing affiliate with more than 150 employees. As one of the top strategic pharmaceutical markets of Novo Nordisk, the Mexican affiliate was the first to launch one of the company’s most innovative products. 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, Mr. Lars Rebien Sorensen, President and CEO of Novo Nordisk, visited our country in April 2013 and opened a new facility located in Homero #1,500 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, a 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
Based in Moscow, Russia. BACIS is a vast region which 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 attract talented and enthusiastic professionals who can contribute to our fight with diabetes in CIS and all over the world.
In BACIS we are looking for newly-graduated candidates for the International Operations Business Graduate Programmes in Russia intended for local candidates. Apply before February 1st, 2015.
Russia is the biggest country and the largest market in the BACIS region. In Russia 12.7 million people have diabetes (IDF, 2012), yet only 30% have been diagnosed. Russia is a region where you can build a great career and help improve the quality of life for people with diabetes. The representation office was opened in 1991 and includes more than 380 employees working in different regions of the country. Novo Nordisk is currently investing in the construction of the Greenfield plant for the production of modern insulin in the Kaluga region.
Your development opportunities
The International Operations 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. 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.
With each rotation you will face new challenges and gain knowledge and experience, while expanding your professional network for your future career. 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.
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.
Have you got what it takes?
To join the International Operations Business Graduate Programme you have recently completed (or will finalise n 2015) – a master’s degree in a relevant study of commerce, for example within economics, management, international business, marketing or a related field. As a candidate, you have no more than 1 year of work experience since finishing your master degree studies (we also welcome candidates with some years of work experience between their bachelor’s and master’s degree). 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 and enthusiastic. 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. Finally 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.
This specific Graduate Programme is intended for local candidates from the specific countries. If you are a resident of another country, please see the many other graduate programmes, which are targeted at a global audience. Feel free to apply for more than one programme if you find more programmes relevant for your profile.
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