Here you find answers to some of the frequently asked questions. Feel free to ask your personal questions using the Graduate Blog.
Check out our Graduate Programme guide and find out which programme best fits your study background here. Please note that you can apply for more than one programme.
Yes, as long as you plan to graduate in 2017.
Yes. If employed in Denmark you will be paid as a newly Graduate in Denmark. If employed locally the salary is based upon local terms. The salary includes benefits such as pension and health insurance.
No. Our corporate language is English.
Our graduate programme opens for applications late 2017.
See the individual programme presentations and apply at the pages.
Be yourself and share why Novo Nordisk is a place you want to work for. Why do you think being a graduate is amazing? That has to shine through in your application.
Visit the blog for inspiration. Several blog postings are focusing on this topic
Yes, just make sure you specialize your application towards the programme you are applying for.
It starts late 2018 and ends early 2018.
Yes and No. You cannot pick the country you will be doing your rotation in but if you have specific wishes you can influence where you will be sent.
Answer by: Teresa Kemmerich and Antii Santasalo, European Business Management Programme
Answer by: Oluf Kristian Højbjerg Hansen, Regulatory Affairs Graduate Programme
The daily working tasks as a graduate at Novo Nordisk vary a lot across department and projects. But for all graduate programmes it holds that you will be exposed to varied tasks and assignments.
Many graduates will be given responsibility for a project on their own, and a lot of work will then evolve around project management, including management of stakeholders - that is the different parties that hold interests in the project - gathering information, arranging and meeting with consultants to clarify demands, current solutions etc.
In a global company like Novo Nordisk, people with different academic and cultural background work together with shared goals. Over the years a lot of different processes and routines have been developed for the purpose of making the work flows run smoothly. Many graduates will get to work on optimization of such processes and routines for instance by changing a current process to a more simple an effective process improving the productivity. This could for instance be within IT or business processes.
Another substantial part of your daily work as a graduate within (at least) finance could also be controlling. This could for instance be analysing the CAPEX (capital expenditures) of a department/company or carrying out analyses in order to answer questions like “How much of our total spend is covered by 20% of our top suppliers?".
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Specific examples from 2 programmes
As a Regulatory Affairs graduate one of your rotations could likely be within clinical operations. This part of the Novo Nordisk organization plans, conducts and reports clinical trials in order to document efficacy and safety of Novo Nordisk products. The working tasks of a regulatory affairs graduate working in clinical operations include:
For European Finance Graduates there is one main task that is run on a daily basis: The reporting of the daily sales on a European level. In addition to the there are several other monthly, quarterly and ad-hoc tasks, for instance:
The above examples of working tasks are all on a rather high level. More specific examples of assignments that you will be exposed to as a graduate are coordination and organization of conferences and workshops and data entry and analysis.
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Answer by: Di Gu, Corporate Finance Graduate
Novo Nordisk works with an external relocation agency that takes care:
Novo Nordisk also offers free Danish courses to help graduates understand the Danish culture. Personally I have been invited to two Danish colleagues’ places for dinner where I had the opportunities to experience typical evening time for Danish families.
Answer by: Oluf Kristian Højbjerg Hansen, Global Development Graduate Programme
The Novo Nordisk headquarter is placed in Bagsværd just north of Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark. Bagsværd is located about 14 km. from the city centre of located. Most graduates will be placed in Bagsværd for their first rotation, but quite a few will be working from other locations near Copenhagen. Among other places there are also Novo Nordisk offices in Søborg (8 km. from Copenhagen), Måløv (21 km. from Copenhagen) and Hillerød (32 km. from Copenhagen), just to name the places where graduates from the 2012 programme have been located during their first rotation.
Copenhagen has been the chosen place to live for the majority of both native Danes and foreign colleagues in the 2012 graduate programme. The public transportation system in the capital Region of Denmark is very well-developed, meaning that you can easily get to any are assisted by the Novo Nordisk mobility service in order to get a place to live in Copenhagen.
Cycling is very popular as means of transportation in Denmark, and a lot of Novo Nordisk employees go by bike to a from work if the distance is not far too long. There are great shower facilities at all Novo Nordisk offices which make the bike ride to work suitable for some morning exercise. In addition most Novo Nordisk cantinas serve breakfast, and you may therefore simply jump right on your bike in the morning and do breakfast at work.
When it comes to sports, Novo Nordisk is in general a company with a strong focus on exercise and offers a wide range of fitness possibilities for the employees. There are dozens of sports clubs and fitness centres located at several office buildings.
Social live as a graduate has been filled with party and dinner invitations in the 2012 edition of the programme. With 32 young employees in the program that are all filled with energy, enthusiasm and appetite for life, the foundation for social engagement is in order, and I am sure that this will be the case for future editions of the programme as well. In addition to the social arrangements hosted by the graduates themselves, Novo Nordisk throws yearly summer and Christmas parties within the different departments as well as yearly summer party for all employees. This celebration takes place at the end of summer every year and is a huge event with live performances from established and popular music acts as well as other entertainment.