Join the R&D Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme
The Regulatory Affairs Programme, based at our company headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, is a 2-year journey of three rotations. It is open to applicants from all over the world who have recently acquired a master’s degree in a natural science, for example within pharmacy, chemical engineering, biology, biotechnology or a related field. This is a great opportunity for future regulatory 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 Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme is designed to provide you with comprehensive knowledge of our regulatory work, enabling you to find the niche where your competencies and interests coincide.
The programme is a 2-year journey consisting of three 8-month rotations. Two rotations will take place in our corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, and one rotation will take place in one of our global affiliates. Our most recent graduates have experienced rotations in USA, Brazil, India and Japan - read their blog to discover more.
During the programme you will develop various skills related to the Drug Development Process. This could be related to planning and submitting files such as a Clinical Trial Application, handling various applications for our existing products or negotiations with authorities. You will face new challenges in each rotation and in different environments while acquiring knowledge and skills. Moreover, you will have a steep learning curve and develop through training, access to senior mentors and your international work experience.
When you successfully complete the programme, you have been equipped with the necessary regulatory and project management skills for a successful career in Novo Nordisk – typically with a permanent position in Denmark. However, your broad network and international experience from the programme will also provide global career opportunities.
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 company: Novo Nordisk, the world leader in diabetes care.
What will you be doing
During the three 8-month rotations you will work full-time and learn the regulatory skills relevant to the rotation placement. You will also spend a significant amount of your time on key change projects. 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:
The first rotation will usually be in a department in Regulatory Affairs at our corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, always with a strong connection to the Regulatory Affairs field but not necessarily in the Regulatory Affairs organisation. The main purpose of this rotation is an introduction to the regulatory trade and to gain hands-on experience.
The second rotation is most often in one of our global affiliates or regional offices. This is the rotation where you will get insight into Regulatory Affairs work from a local perspective. This unique international perspective should prove invaluable as new markets continue to evolve for Novo Nordisk. Some of the largest Regulatory Affairs functions outside Denmark are in the US, China, Japan, Canada and Brazil.
This rotation will most likely take place in our corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. After your previous two rotations you should now be able to perform strongly in the role of a Regulatory Professional. In this rotation you will have to manage important and complex projects.
For more specific examples of the different job tasks, read the blog posts from current regulatory affairs graduates.
Meet Programme Manager Jakob Wolter
Your development opportunities
As a Regulatory Affairs Graduate you will have an instrumental role in ensuring that the Novo Nordisk Regulatory Affairs organisation achieves our vision of being the best regulatory operation in the pharmaceutical industry. From day one you will be given responsibilities and your work will be with one or more projects.
The areas of expertise where you will gain invaluable experience include:
- Developing and submitting marketing applications for new products, product changes and clinical trials etc.
- Working closely with other areas in Novo Nordisk to ensure that regulatory angles are covered in their projects
- Improving the regulatory processes even further (LEAN projects)
During the rotations you will receive training, gain hands-on experience and a unique insight into the global operation and exposure to key stakeholders and leaders, get access to senior mentors 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.
Working within Regulatory Affairs
In Novo Nordisk, Regulatory Affairs secure the approval of new multi-billion dollar products and drug indications that will pave the way to use existing products in new ways. We stand at the centre of project planning and execution from the earliest stages of drug development all the way through life cycle management. It is Regulatory Affairs’ responsibility to obtain the authority approvals that make it possible for Novo Nordisk to bring our products to patients and this programme could be your pathway to a key role in that process.
The Regulatory Affairs function is closely integrated in the drug development and drug maintenance processes of Novo Nordisk. Hence, a large part of being an outstanding Regulatory Affairs professional is having the capacity to understand the business from the viewpoints of our partners in e.g. Research & Development and Product Supply.
In Regulatory Affairs Headquarters in Denmark we have around 350 people and in addition to these around 200 people are working with Regulatory Affairs in our many affiliate offices around the world. It is a joined effort between headquarters and affiliates to ensure the timely submissions of applications and subsequent approvals and the multitude of local regulations and the different cultures makes that a very interesting challenge. This calls for great project management skills and deep insight into rules and regulations, but also for negotiation and collaboration skills as we liaise with many different stakeholders in and outside of Novo Nordisk to reach our goals.
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 will make a difference too!
Have you got what it takes?
To join the Regulatory Affairs graduate programme you must have a master's degree in a natural science, for example within pharmacy, chemical engineering, biology, biotechnology or a related field and have no more than 2 years of work experience since finishing your studies.
You have an outstanding academic record and probably came top in your class. You have also an excellent command of both spoken and written English.
Having a PhD or post-doctoral degree will not over-qualify you per se, but you will have to make it crystal clear in your motivational letter why you want to leave research behind.
To excel as a problem-solver and decision maker in a global organisation, you must have an international mind-set, plenty of drive and excellent organisational and interpersonal skills. If you’re also an outgoing and solid team player, you might be just the person we believe could help us make a difference.
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. Read the job description and apply now!
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