International Operations Finance
The International Operations Finance 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. This specific program is targeted local candidates. If you are a resident of another country, please see the Global Finance Programme and the European Finance Programme, which are both targeted at a global audience.
Graduate programme with international rotation
The International Operations Finance 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). The other two rotations will be in either one of the business area headquarters, Region International Operations headquarter (Zurich, Switzerland) or corporate headquarter (Copenhagen, Denmark).
The Finance Graduate Programme will give you the opportunity to gain extensive insights into finance operations and develop valuable skills as you work across different business areas and countries to accomplish your goals. With each rotation you will face new challenges and gain knowledge and experience, while at the same time expanding your professional network for your future career.
After successfully completing the programme, you will be employed in a global or local position, which will put you on a fast development track.
To join the International Operations Finance Graduate Programme you will need a recent master’s degree in economics, finance, business administration or a related field. We are looking for individuals with an international mind-set who are mobile, fluent and proficient in spoken and written English. You need to be able to work as part of a team and enjoy learning new things in a fast-paced environment. In addition you are proactive, results-oriented, ambitious and able to adapt to change. Also you should not have more than 1 year of work experience after graduation.
Additional information about Region International Operations
Launch your career with International Operations
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 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, thereby making a difference for people with diabetes.
Novo Nordisk’s Region International Operations employs around 3,000 people and has a 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!
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 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.
As an International Operations Finance graduate, you will face diverse challenges, practical on the job training and will be required to acquire 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 three rotations of 8-months, with each period enhancing your business understanding and financial skills.
The rotations will start with a rotation in the hiring country. The two other rotations will be in either one of the sales affiliate’s business area headquarters, corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark or 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.
Learning journey through 3 rotations
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.
Rotation 2 & 3
The rotation in sales affiliates` business area headquarters is typically where you will receive insight into both the reporting but also strategic processes on a business area level.
In the corporate headquarters rotation in Copenhagen, Denmark you will be assigned to key corporate functions such as Treasury, Corporate Financial Planning or Group Internal Audit, depending on your interest and the needs of the business. Read about working within Finance and watch videos.
In regional headquarters rotation in Zurich, 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 are 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 out top of your class. Only recently graduated, you have no more than 1 year of work experience and you have an excellent level 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.
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