Legal and Compliance Intern

Job description

Job description


Johannesburg, South Africa

Job category

Legal, Compliance and Audit


Legal & Compliance

South Africa


Are you ready to make the next step in your professional development in a globally expanding company? Join Novo Nordisk as a Legal & Compliance Intern and get a life-changing career!

This role is based in South Africa and directly reports to the Director of Director Legal & Compliance.


About the department

Novo Nordisk is a global healthcare company with more than 95 years of innovation and leadership in diabetes care. This heritage has given us experience and capabilities that also enable us to help people defeat obesity, hemophilia, growth disorders, and other serious chronic diseases. Headquartered in Denmark, Novo Nordisk employs over 45,000 people in 80 countries and markets its products in more than 169 countries.

In our collaboration with the full value chain of Novo Nordisk, Legal and Compliance department strives to safeguard Novo Nordisk South Africa operations, mitigate any risks and ensure our continuous license to operate.  We co-drive ambitious business performance and ensure compliance with all the laws and regulations.


The position

As Legal & Compliance Intern, you will be responsible to ensure the execution of the functional strategic plans created by the functional Director that drive short, medium, and long-term expansion and development of Novo Nordisk.

  • Ensuring that the organization and outside parties comply with the Business ethics and principles of the Company
  • To provide compliance support to the Legal and Compliance Director and Compliance Officer
  • Assisting timeously with all Department activities ensuring compliance with Novo Nordisk procedures and policies.
  • Follow up on policies and procedures ensuring compliance and guidance.
  • Administrative tasks
  • Uphold the integrity and confidentiality of the Legal and Compliance Department.


Position’s key accountabilities

  • Support the wider NNSA in achieving the overall BSC results
  • Report on legal and business ethics compliance issues, including grants, donations and sponsorship, and template contracts, drafting and review of letters, an amendment to contracts, undertaking compliance risk assessments, marketing code and compliance training and education and manage, handle and report compliance investigation
  • Provide support and collaborate on business ethics/compliance activities including assisting in the roll-out of corporate business ethics/compliance initiatives, and reporting on regional business ethics/compliance initiatives, risks, and developments
  • Ensure anchoring of local processes to support adequate business ethics/compliance risk mitigation and reporting
  • Act in line with ethical standards, quality requirements, and local policies and Novo Nordisk Way


Functional Accountabilities:

  • Attending to the drafting of resolutions, managing resolutions register, managing minute books, and attendance register
  • Ensure that employees complete Business Ethics SOPs and tests by the deadlines set and follow up on BE KPI Report
  • Ensure business ethics/compliance with an affiliate is aligned with and supports NN global procedures, processes, and strategy
  • Process review
  • Ensure affiliate is audit-ready for internal and external business ethics audits; follow-up on the audit action plan, corrective action and implement preventative measures
  • Using automation systems and computerized support cases
  • Attend to ad-hoc audits as on expenses, grants, donations, and the like
  • Ensure legal and compliance soft copies and hard copies of the agreements are correctly archived and attended to timeously
  • Administrative duties and office/diary management
  • Active participation in the sustainability project and other projects hosted by the L&C Department
  • Continuous process review, enhancement, and optimization within the function



You have a minimum bachelor’s degree level law degree or compliance degree and you have excellent command over both written and spoken English. Relevant business background is an advantage.


Technical Skills



  • You have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Computer Literacy– especially word, excel, and PowerPoint
  • Interpretation of law and policies
  • Organisational skills
  • Compliance knowledge
  • Office managerial skills

In addition, the candidate should also have business knowledge within the following areas:

  • An understanding of the compliance mandate to protect the organization
  • Proactive attitude
  • Good presentation skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Ability to thrive under pressure
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Problem solving and good judgment
  • Ability to execute instructions timeously


Working at Novo Nordisk

At Novo Nordisk, we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company in the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve, and the communities we operate in.

We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. We are happy to discuss flexible working, depending on the role and subject to business needs.



To submit your application, please upload your CV and motivational letter online (click on Apply and follow the instructions). Internal candidates are kindly requested to inform their Line Manager before applying.



26 January 2022


Millions rely on us

At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive change. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We embrace the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees to change the lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. Together, we go further. Together, we are life-changing.