The International Operations Finance Graduate Programme
Novo Nordisk’s graduate programme in International Operations Finance is a great opportunity for future finance leaders to join a successful and ambitious international company.
In Novo Nordisk we have three different finance graduate programmes:
In this section you will find details about applying for the International Operations Finance graduate programme. For details on the Corporate Finance or European Finance graduate programmes please click on the appropriate programme name in the left hand menu. The application process for the Corporate Finance and European 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 done locally in the Business Areas. 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 an ambitious global pharmaceutical: Novo Nordisk, the world leader in diabetes care.
Structure of the programme
The International Operations Finance graduate programme is a 2-year journey consisting of four 6-month rotations. The rotations will take place in a sales affiliate, the sales affiliate’s business area headquarters, corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and International Operations regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. Each rotation focuses on finance and the related processes.
After successfully completing the programme you will embark on your career at Novo Nordisk with a permanent position, typically in the International Operations finance organisation, which covers Latin America, Africa and Gulf and most of Asia. However, your broad network and international experience from the programme will enable global career opportunities.
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Additional information about Region International Operations
Launch your career
Novo Nordisk’s International Operations encompasses markets outside North America, Europe, Japan, Korea and China. The region represents a large portion of the GDP growth in the world today; however the growth is very unevenly distributed, with countries like Turkey, India, Argentina, Brazil, Algeria and Russia being some of the main growth drivers of this development.
The International Operations Finance graduate programme therefore provides you with an opportunity to make a difference in a finance organisation covering many emerging and developing markets.
With over 142 countries in the region, the programme ensures ample on-the-job experiences, a steep learning curve, a multicultural network and international assignments for talents looking to kick-start their global finance career. One of your key responsibilities will be to provide financial as well as business support to the Novo Nordisk organisation, and thereby make a difference for people with diabetes.
The Region represents a large portion of the GDP growth in the world today; however the growth is very unevenly distributed among the countries. Countries like Turkey, India, Argentina, Brazil, Algeria and Russia are some of the main growth drivers of this development.
Novo Nordisk’s Region International Operations employs around 3,000 people and has realised turnover of more than 1.2 billion USD.
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 an International Operations Finance graduate, you will face diverse challenges, practical on the job training and will be required to obtain a solid business understanding.
The actual job areas covered during most rotations will include:
- Financial planning, analysis and controlling
- Process improvement
- Management reporting
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.
Scope of the programme
The International Operations Finance graduate programme consists of four rotations of 6-months, with each period enhancing your business understanding and financial skills.
The rotations will take place in a sales affiliate, the sales affiliate’s business area headquarters, corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and International Operations regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
Throughout the programme you will be working closely with your mentor to plan your rotations and enhance your professional and personal development as much as possible.
The flow and content of your job 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.
The first rotation is in the office of the hiring sales affiliate where you will become truly close to the marketplace and get hands-on experience with the business challenges that pharmaceutical companies face in the local market.
The second rotation is typically in one of the five Business Area headquarters, which are located in Russia, Malaysia, Brazil, Dubai and Turkey, where you will receive insight into both the reporting but also strategic processes on a business area level.
Rotations 3 & 4
The third and fourth rotations are typically in our corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and our regional headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. In Denmark, you will be assigned to 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. In Switzerland, you will work on various tasks including finance controlling, balanced score card, budgeting and market analysis.
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. This is, however, coupled with training programmes and coaching to ensure that the necessary tools and advice are available for your fast development.
Who you are
To join the International Operations 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.
You will have an international mind-set, plenty of drive, good organisational skills, strong English skills and excellent interpersonal skills. If you’re also outgoing, accommodating and a great team player, you might be just what we’re looking for.
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.
Ask a question directly to the International Operations Finance Programme Manager