Today, our 3,700 employees produce half of the world’s insulin and a number of biopharmaceutical products. Together, we make a difference every day for more than 35 million people living with diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Novo Nordisk invests more than 18 billion DKK in four new facilities and expansion of an existing facility in Kalundborg, Denmark, This will establish additional capacity across the entire value chain from manufacturing of active pharmaceutical ingredients to assembly and packaging. With the investment, 420 new jobs will be created.
Now is your opportunity to be part of our exciting journey and help establish the future factories of Novo Nordisk. The new facilities include state-of-the-art production technologies, which will be bridged with our more than 50 years of experience in biomanufacturing. We also have many interesting career opportunities in our existing facilities.
Kick-start your career as a Student Assistant, through an internship or thesis collaboration, or apply for our two-year Manufacturing Talent Programme, which guarantees a permanent position.
As an early talent, you will have the chance to put your theoretical knowledge into practice and building a network of talented colleagues throughout the organisation.
See the whole site with more than 15 factories from above and go into selected spots to see some of our production system.
Name: Marta González García
Company: Novo Nordisk
Title/education: Associate Manager at Novo Nordisk Kalundborg. MSc in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark
I have always been curious to see the world and live abroad. During my bachelor’s degree I traveled with the Erasmus Program to Norway, where I lived in Stavanger for 6 months. After that, I decided to move to Denmark in 2014 to initiate my master’s degree. Studying in Denmark is free, and the job market in Spain was insecure so it was an excellent opportunity to expand my technical expertise in Chemical Engineering and start my career afterwards. I have lived in Denmark ever since.
Compared to Spain, the working culture is different. There is a strong focus on people development, and I have grown a lot personally and professionally whilst working in Denmark. I started working at Novo Nordisk Manufacturing Kalundborg as a junior engineer and have had the opportunity to grow into a leadership role. I have experienced a high degree of trust, even towards new employees. A flat organizational structure also brings the manager closer to you as an employee, which brings more confidence when working with new tasks.
I have very nice and kind colleagues, and they have always been helpful. I feel everyone do their best, and that creates a nice working environment.
Even though I am part of a diverse team, with people coming from many different countries, my colleagues are always up for speaking English.
There is a high sense of trust between citizens and towards the institutions. For instance, I once forgot my laptop at university, and an hour later it was still there. In general, social security is very good: free health care system, good unemployment help, long maternity leave, etc.
Even though everyone here have a high level of English, you should be willing to learn Danish at some point. Before moving here, you can benefit from start looking for job abroad, and make sure to have good savings. If you are studying, it can be a good opportunity to get a student job or internship during your studies, which can give you good opportunities to the job market once you graduate.
Name: Alessio Mazzella
Company: Novo Nordisk API Manufacturing
Title/education: Purification Scientist. MSc in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering from Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in January 2019.
I wanted to study in Denmark because I heard that DTU is one of the best opportunities to study Biochemistry in Europe. I have lived in Denmark since 2017 when I started studying, and that was the first time I had been in Denmark. I found it attractive to study in Denmark and work besides studying, to gain experience in my work field of interest.
I have experienced that there is a good work life balance. In general, there seems to be harmony between work and private life compared to other countries. Also, the organization is structured and there is a great deal of efficiency, as well as a higher quality mindset than I had expected.
I am part of a team where my colleagues are native Danish speakers. Even though I am the only international person they have been respectful and speak English to me. As the youngest person in my team, my learning curve have been steep. I have learned a lot from them since I started on the labour market in my team. I have also become more specialised in areas, where I did not have experience and knowledge previously.
I feel safe living here. I am used to life in Milan and life in Denmark can sometimes feel quite simple. One thing I have noticed is that the bureaucracy makes citizens life much easier. For example, international students are assisted and prioritized when applying for residence permit or other documentation during the first introductive weeks.
Before I moved to Denmark, I did research to get an idea of what it would be like for expats living here. If you plan to stay for more than a few years, then I would say that you should learn the language! Even though it might seem impossible at times.
Name: Fernando Gómez
Company: Novo Nordisk Manufacturing Kalundborg
Title/education: Chemical and Software Engineer. MSc in Chemical Engineering and Plant Design from Rovira i Virgili University.
I lived in Finland and Sweden for several years prior to moving to Denmark last year. I moved to Denmark with my partner who is Danish, to stay closer to her family. There are many similarities between living in Sweden and Denmark, so moving here felt natural when I initiated my current job.
There is a relaxed working atmosphere and a high level of trust between managers and employees. That is very positive, and a win-win situation compared to a hierarchal work culture. I believe it makes the communication much more frequent and closer. On top of that, it brings flexibility in terms of keeping a good balance between work and private life.
Friendly and cool people. My colleagues also value punctuality. Most of my closest colleagues are younger than me, and many of them are newly graduates from Denmark and from all over the world. They have a high sense of what is important in terms of understanding the business dynamics. They are competent and approachable and have a high degree of teamwork skills.
The work and life balance is good. I travel from Copenhagen to Kalundborg several times per week, either by car or taking the company bus. In my spare time, I enjoy playing squash, running, and taking dancing lessons. To my knowledge there are many expats living in Copenhagen. In general, Denmark seems like a good place to establish a family and having children.
Do not be afraid to take the leap and move here. Try to integrate into the Danish society as quickly as possible by learning the language. Have an open mind because the way you are used to doing things, might get a bit challenged. Also, try to socialise and connect with other newcomers.
Company: Novo Nordisk Manufacturing Kalundborg
Title: Manufacturing Process Engineer
Education: MSc in Chemical- and biochemical engineering at Denmark’s Technical University (DTU). BSc in Chemical Engineering from Santiago de Compostela University.
When I came to Denmark, it was a perfect moment, because I was ready to challenge myself. I was ready to go abroad somewhere in Europe after finishing my bachelor’s degree. In Denmark, I found the flexibility I was looking for in a master’s programme as there are many more options in terms of schedule, subjects, and after-school activities. That together with a higher chance to work within my field of education made up my mind about coming to Denmark. I live in Lyngby by the capital city, and I commute to Kalundborg, either by bus or taking the train when I go to work.
Everyone is willing to give their best within their position. People want to improve. There is also a strong focus on individuals, and you are valued as a person and not only as a worker. People are keeping an eye out on each other to make sure they are well. The working times can be different from the schedule in Spain but having the evening off gives you more room to be able to enjoy your free time. That is one of the aspects I value the most about working in Denmark: a good work-life balance.
They have a helper-approach, which is nice when coming to a new country and adapting to a new working culture. In general, there are good opportunities to develop your professional skills. It creates a comfortable work environment, which brings the best out of the team. My colleagues also give their best in their work. They embrace different cultures, nationalities, and ways of doing things.
Surprising, because there is a lot to discover. There are many great places with food, art, music, and other activities. It motivates you to do things you have not tried before, and to get out of your comfort zone.
Do some research before coming to Denmark and find the opportunities you want to pursue. Consider that the country has a high cost of living, so you want to make sure that your financial statement is OK. When you arrive, you should be open-minded. My prejudice about Denmark has changed in a very positive way. Be bold! Try to be open and meet people, by saying yes to the opportunity there are whether it be at work, university, and leisure activities. That makes it easier to make friends with Danes, who can guide you on how to get along in Denmark. On top of that, that will give you the opportunity to see Denmark through the locals’ eyes.
Our site is located a few minutes from the city, and just one stop with the train from the site. The train can also take you directly from the site to Copenhagen in around one hour.
Many newcomers find it easy to build af network of like-minded people coming from Denmark or internationals. Some can find a network through hobbies and sports, social network groups, colleagues or employees from other local businesses.