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Calling all master’s students!

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As I wrote in one of my previous graduate blog posts, the graduate programme is not the only option for a life-changing career in Novo Nordisk! If you are studying for a master’s degree and are eager to get started with your career, I can highly recommend applying for one of Novo Nordisk’s more than 100 internships. An internship can be a great way to test your skills and knowledge, but also an opportunity to develop and challenge yourself.

I started my Novo Nordisk career as an intern in the Cities Changing Diabetes team last year, and found that it was a good chance to figure out whether working in Novo Nordisk was something for me. Novo Nordisk takes its interns seriously, and you will have the opportunity to contribute on equal terms, so be ready for a challenge. My six months as an intern was a true learning experience and I had the chance to both use the skills I had achieved from university, but to a large extent also develop new and different capabilities that I could never have gotten from studying. In my case, coming from a public health background, increasing my business understanding was a key learning. I can highly recommend spending six months on an internship at Novo Nordisk, if you want to get a feeling of how it is to work in one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.

However, you only get something out of an internship if you put some effort in it. To get the most out of your stay, here four tips for maximising the benefit of your internship:

  1. Have a clear goal: Before you start your internship it is important that you consider what you actually want to get out of it. What would you like to learn and what are your expectations? It is also a good idea to think about where you can contribute to the company!
  2. Be curious: To learn as much as possible, you have to be motivated and curious of what is going on – ask questions, participate in as many different meetings as possible and reach out to people.
  3. It is okay to make mistakes: An internship is a learning journey and no one expects that you can deliver from day 1, which also means that you have to be open to and ask for feedback during your stay.
  4. Be social: Make sure that you talk to all the interesting people you meet and network as much as possible. Participate whenever there is a social event and see it as an opportunity to get to know people who might be able to help you later on in your career.

Novo Nordisk offers around 100 internship positions in all areas of the business, ranging from marketing, finance & economics, research & development, engineering and IT. The internships vary in length (from 4-6 months) and scope but are all designed to give master’s students a valuable learning experience. The application period for the majority of the fall internship positions is from now to 14 May 2017.

See all the internships positions right here and read more about internships in Novo Nordisk here.

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Time to apply – who are we looking for?

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The deadline for applying for one of the graduate programmes is closing in – you have to send in your application here no later than 12 February 2017. I can imagine that many of you who are considering applying for one of the graduate programmes have thoughts about what type of people Novo Nordisk is looking for. So to clarify this, I will briefly go through the formal qualifications needed to apply, but also the profile and characteristics we hope to find and how you can implement this in your application.

Formal qualifications needed to apply:

  • A Master’s degree from 2016 or 2017 in a relevant field (depending on which programme you apply for, but it could be economics, international business, public health, marketing or similar).
  • Above average academic achievements.
  • A minimum of 6 months of relevant work experience or extracurricular activities.
  • International experience from working, studying or volunteering.
  • Professional fluency in English.
  • The right mind-set with a can-do attitude, high ambitions and excellent interpersonal skills.

The graduate profile we are looking for is characterised by being:

  • Driven – You have to know why you want to work for Novo Nordisk and why you want to be part of the graduate programme.
  • A team player – You should be able to work well in teams and have a humble attitude. Great work is not done by one person alone, but in a team, so we expect you to have a team player mind-set.
  • Proactive – You have to be ready to take initiative and show enthusiasm. We need people who are proactive and not sitting around waiting for someone else to do something.
  • Ready for change – You will be put through three different rotations (read more about the rotations in European Market Access here), so we want someone who can adapt and enjoys change.
  • Result oriented – You have to be able to deliver results and be a high achiever. We are looking for talents who knows what they want and who can deliver great results.

A good way of demonstrating that you possess these characteristics is by giving concrete examples! This applies to both your cover letter, but also in interviews. Examples are great because your previous behaviour in job situations is the best indicator of your future behaviour. The examples shouldn’t be too long, so don’t explain all the details. Instead you should emphasize your role, who was involved and what the results were. And most importantly – what did you learn from it? Remember that the best example may not necessarily be one where you achieved the best result, but where you played a major role and your great competencies were expressed clearly. If you are lucky, it might be the same example.

So, use examples in your online application (including the 1-minute video) to show who you are and why Novo Nordisk should hire you for a graduate position. Read other good tips and tricks for the application process here and here. I wish you the best of luck with your application and feel free to leave a comment or a question below!

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The video.

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Creating a video to accompany your traditional CV would be a great way to stand out from the crowd. So, do not fear the video, the video is your friend!

The video was actually my favourite part of the application. It really gives you a chance to put a human touch on your application package and provide more insights into what you can offer. Yes, the video can be challenging. Depending on the person, one minute can seem like either way too little or way too much time. Here are a few tips to nail your video:

Look good, feel good, play good. The quality of the video isn’t tied to just that one minute in front of the camera – it also matters how you prepare. Clean up and rest up so that you feel at your best! Like I said, your video can show things about yourself that can’t be captured on a cover letter and CV!

Don’t repeat yourself. This helps us make sure you’re not a robot. Try not to repeat exactly what can be read from your cover letter and CV for the whole minute. Sure you can refer to a couple of relevant aspects, but make sure to tie them to yourself as a person. For example, I spoke more about my experience moving from Canada to the US and how it sparked my interest in the way the relationship between the public and private sectors impact patient access to treatment (personal), ultimately pushing me to study Public Policy & Global Health (on CV).

The most repetitive advice of the day – be YOU. It really doesn’t get simpler than this. Make sure to reflect on who you are as a person – what makes you a unique fit for Novo Nordisk, specifically – and show it in your video. A sense of authenticity can definitely be captured over a video, so make sure to show that.

These tips should set you well on your way to making a video that George Lucas would be proud of! If you are still on the stage of your cover letter, check out some advice from Albert here.

The deadline is Feb 12th for most programmes, so get applying!

All the best,


"Don't make the same mistake that I did, Luke."

“Don’t make the same mistake I did, Luke” said the robot.









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Déjà vu! Giving Your Application a Purpose and a Voice

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Are you having that weird feeling between excitement and dread that accompanies an application process to that prestigious programme you have been eyeing for some time now? Are you incessantly searching for some quick tips to make your application standout from the rest? Will you be eagerly checking your e-mails from time to time for some communication from the programme post application process – yes, even the “automated system generated” responses? If all these are true to an extent, then I can draw two conclusions – (a) You are super excited about this job; (b) The emotions look all familiar to me in hindsight and I can help you here;

Back in early 2015, I have gone through this gamut of emotions, and I realise today that most of them stemmed from uncertainty and my apprehensions about the role and workplace that I am getting into. Through this post I will share with one of the key ingredients that you could be missing out while you are preparing and working on your CV, Cover Letter and the Video. This ingredient, or its lack thereof, may well impact the quality of all the three (i.e. your CV, Cover Letter and the Video). Remember that these three uploads, will essentially represent you and all that you stand for in the first round. Hence it is important to pay heed to the content of your application. In all these three, you should project what you stand for and why you want to join Novo Nordisk. So how do you bring this element of purpose and give your application a voice?

Your step by step guide to researching a company throughout your application process

Step 1: Know the company and what they are looking for in you?

NN LogosThe best way to convince yourself that you know the company well is to be able to articulate what makes it special compared to its competitors. And yes, a little bit of its history. The good news? Companies will often tell you the answer to this question right on their websites. Do figure out the vision of the company and try answering how your experience could contribute to that effect or where you could possibly fit in the scheme of things. The “About Us” section is good place to start this research. Based on the programme you are applying, you should have a clear train of thought as to how this programme will essentially help you develop and enable you to contribute to the company’s success. And the best place to showcase this understanding of yours is in your cover letter and of course in your short video.

Step 2: Know the company’s sustainability

The new generation workforce is fast starting to realise that a company’s financial performance is not the only thing that will make them attractive but whether a company is viable and sustainable over a longer time frame. And how to know thTBLis? Social consciousness is becoming a critical aspect of today’s organisations, driven by an expectation of environmental responsibility in addition to the financial one. Think triple bottom line; people, planet, profit. For example, Novo Nordisk seeks to broaden the focus on the financial bottom line by its business to include social and environmental responsibilities. What do you think of this? Be prepared.

Step 3: Observe and participate in Community Interactions

In this era of social media, community interaction is an essential source of knowledge. Blog sites as these, Company’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter profiles – are just few prominent ones to follow the updates on. This will give you a lot of confidence when you are applying and even during the post application – pre-interview phase.

Step 4: Learn about the Company Culture

Understanding the corporate culture you are getting into will go a long way in identifying yourself with the organisation. As a student we often look at how strong a company’s financials are and how big a brand it has. There can be absolutely no doubt as to how strong the brand of Novo Nordisk is and its strong financials are a testimony to the positive market sentiments around it. But there is one more thing I have realized as an insider that makes Novo Nordisk an organisation with a truly “sustainable competitive advantage”: The Novo Nordisk culture! It mainly manifests itself in the form of an internal governance framework that reflects the ambition of the company, the direction of the company and the values and behaviours that the employees have to exhibit throughout the organisation. We call it the Novo Nordisk Way. It is good to know a little bit about it while you are applying. Graduate blogs and stories are another great way to feel this culture.

Step 5: Read Up on the Field and Competitors

Last but not the least; don’t forget to understand the business the company is in. For example, Novo Nordisk is the world leader in Diabetes Care. When it comes to the competitors, look up competitors by going to the LinkedIn company page and scrolling down to the “Other Companies People Viewed” section. There should be a few competitors there. Do the same thing with the competitors you find until you have a pretty good sense of who the big players in the field are. These are very simple ways to prepare and feel confident about your preparation.

After all this research, you’ll probably be deliberating, “So, what do I do with all this information?” Remember that your objective is to convince that you truly want to be a part of this company. Merely expressing enthusiasm will not be enough and you need to corroborate the same with your knowledge. Once you are aware of these, you will be better poised to give the final touches to your application and your sense of purpose will be stronger than many in the same race.

If you would like to know more about the graduate programmes on offer, please visit the link below: More on the Graduate Programmes

Wish you the very best!

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Is a graduate position the only option?

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The answer to that question, is of course no! There are many ways to kick-start your career in Novo Nordisk. Novo Nordisk is a global leader within diabetes care, and to continue our business success we need to attract young, qualified people, including students and recently graduated talents. In this blog post, I will take you through some of the many opportunities within Novo Nordisk. Below you will find three sections, based on your graduation timeframe, which will make it easier for you to find the most relevant information. As I imagine that a lot of you reading this blog are students, I will focus a little extra on the student opportunities in Novo Nordisk and base it on my own experience back when I was a Public Health student.


Graduated in 2016 or 2017? Apply for a graduate position!

If you graduated in 2016 or will graduate this year, you can apply for a graduate position. As you probably already know, the Novo Nordisk graduate programme is a talent programme for recently graduated master students. In 2017 we offer 30 global graduate positions within Research & Development, Finance & Procurement, and Marketing, Business & HR. Within these three categories, you can choose between 11 different programmes, including both a Global and a European market access track. As I wrote in my last blog post, I am part of the European Market Access programme, which is a new programme covering an extremely exciting area of the business. The market access environment is becoming increasingly challenging and therefore it will become more and more important.

You can read a lot more about the graduate programmes in the posts on this blog or find more information on the website here. Apply from 20 January 2017 until 12 February 2017 by completing the online application and by providing a 1-minute video of yourself explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the position. Keep an eye out for blog posts in the near future touching upon the application process or read some of the older posts, like this one or this one.


Graduated in 2015 or earlier? Apply for a full-time position!

A graduate position is a unique and amazing opportunity, but it is not the only way to get your life-changing career going. Novo Nordisk is a big and successful company with more than 40,000 employees in over 75 countries. So, naturally a lot of interesting positions are available within various areas. Novo Nordisk believes in making a difference to both patients and society, but we also believe that it is crucial to grow and develop employees in order to make such a difference. Therefore, by joining Novo Nordisk – in any full-time position – you will experience a strong focus on personal and professional development. For example, you might encounter the talent and leadership development programme, and you will definitely come across the individual development plan, which includes both short-term and long-term goals for your career. So, if you don’t see a track in the graduate programmes that speaks to your professional interest or if you are graduating outside of the timeframe, there are still plenty of exciting job opportunities! You can see all available positions here and sign up for the email job agent here.


Don’t have a master degree yet? Apply for one the many student opportunities!

If you are a student and will graduate in 2018 or later, you still have the possibility to get to know Novo Nordisk better. Novo Nordisk is very interested in getting to know the talents of tomorrow, including students taking the first step on their career path. For that reason, Novo Nordisk offers internships, student assistant jobs and even has a yearly case competition called Innovation in Action. While I was a Public Health student, I participated in the case competition and I had an Internship for six months working full-time.

Innovation in Action is a unique opportunity to show your talent, test your problem solving skills, and network with other students and employees from Novo Nordisk, including people from top management. The case competition is an intense one-day event where students are challenged to work together and present their solution to a real and highly relevant case. The case competition is relevant for master students from all academic backgrounds, nationalities and universities. In order to be selected, you must demonstrate that you are a team-player and that you have a creative and innovative mind-set.

I participated in Innovation in Action in the fall of 2015, where the case asked us to come up with an innovative approach to how Novo Nordisk can contribute to improving the education of healthcare professionals on obesity and on its treatment options. Participating in Innovation in Action was my first encounter with Novo Nordisk, and I was happy to confirm my positive view of the company. I had a great experience and my fantastic team even ended up winning the case competition!


Innovation in Action 2015


Novo Nordisk offers a lot of different internships and they are a great way for master students to get valuable, hands-on work experience. It is an opportunity for a unique learning experience and a chance to turn theory into practice. To work as a Novo Nordisk intern, you are expected to be ambitious and willing to learn. So, if you are eager to start a life-changing career in Novo Nordisk, like I was, read more about internships here and find the available positions here.

I started an internship in Cities Changing Diabetes and became even more excited about working for Novo Nordisk. The Cities Changing Diabetes programme is Novo Nordisk’s response to the urgent challenge caused by the dramatic rise of urban diabetes. This was the perfect match for a Public Health enthusiast like me, especially because I got to work with research and evidence generation both quantitatively and qualitatively. I learned a lot and took so many positive experiences with me into the graduate programme – I can highly recommend spending six months on an internship, if you want to get a feeling of how it is to work in one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies.


To tie a bow on my student experiences with Novo Nordisk, I had the opportunity to come up with the case for Innovation in Action 2016, where the challenges with urban diabetes in Shanghai (part of the Cities Changing Diabetes programme) became the topic. Furthermore, I facilitated a Danish group and the winning group from the US, who was invited to Denmark to present to Novo Nordisk’s top management together with the winning group from Denmark. This was a great experience, having been in the students’ shoes just one year before.


I hope you found this overview of the many possibilities in Novo Nordisk valuable and please reach out by writing a comment if you have any questions or comments.

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Global Procurement Graduate – is it living up to my expectations?

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Hey You! I’m happy to see that you find Novo Nordisk interesting and I’m even more happy to see that you find it interesting to read a little bit about life as a Global Procurement Graduate. And who knows? Maybe you will become my new colleague.

I am Jimmi and I joined Novo Nordisk as a Global Procurement Graduate as of 1st of September 2016 after finishing my studies in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Aarhus University. As you can read on the programme site, the Global Procurement Graduate programme consists of 4 rotations, each of 6 months duration. You will have at least one rotation in Strategic Sourcing, the department handling all direct spends i.e. materials directly related to the products. Another rotation will be in Corporate Procurement, the department handling all indirect spends i.e. all business supporting spend. You will also have one rotation abroad at a production site, an affiliate or a regional office. The remaining rotation will be decided between you and your manager where it makes most sense.

Currently, I am about halfway through my first rotation. I therefore thought this as a good time to reflect on my start at Novo Nordisk and how it has lived up to my expectations prior to starting. One of the key reasons for me to apply for the Graduate Programme was the promise of a steep learning curve and gaining responsibility in my different positions.

My first rotation has been in Strategic Sourcing. Hence, I have been working with sourcing of components that goes directly into the products that Novo Nordisk produce to patients across the world. Along with learning how it is to work in the pharma industry and Novo Nordisk in particular I have been given numerous of different tasks. Two of these have involved taking part in negotiations and making quantitative analyses. But have these tasks lived up to my expectations and where am I on the learning curve?

Before joining Novo Nordisk, I had never been part of an actual negotiation where you set out the frame for how collaboration between Novo Nordisk and a supplier shall be going forward. The first time I was a part of such negotiation it was therefore exciting to just listen and understand how progress was made until agreement was reached. Now, I have been part of a few more negotiations and along with understanding more of the Novo Nordisk business I now also feel that I can contribute to the dialogue.

While I was still studying, I had a student job in a different company where I almost exclusively made quantitative analyses. This gave me a good foundation for contributing with such analysis from the very beginning. However, unlike at university, you are not handed a description of the task where all prerequisites and assumptions is written. Instead, you have to reach out to various parts of the organization to collect the information you need. This I knew from my student job, but now I had to manoeuvre in a much larger organization and a completely different industry to find and validate the numbers and analysis.

So today, only three months after I joined Novo Nordisk, I must say that I have learned a lot, and I definitely think that I am not only learning, I am actually also contributing. This steep learning curve is not only something that sounds nice in a job add; it has also turned out to be the truth in my case.

I hope that this blog post has given you a little sneak peak in how it was for me to start as a Global Procurement Graduate. Lastly, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.



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Application Tips to those applying to become a Graduate

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Wondering what recruitment specialists are really looking for? What you will need to get through the graduate recruitment?
Lee Millian, a senior Talent Attraction specialist from our R&D division, has shared his application tips for future applicants! 

Competition is intense for graduate positions in any company.  Often there are hundreds, if not thousands of applications for each position.  You need to stand out from the crowd! This is certainly no different at Novo Nordisk.

It is a good idea to start thinking about applying early and to prepare yourself thoroughly.  In my capacity as Senior Talent Attraction Professional I am the person globally responsible for university relations for Novo Nordisk R&D. I have a number of years of experience of graduate recruitment and have looked through more graduate applications than I dare to remember.  I would like to offer my own personal tips to future applicants.  They are also tips which can be applied to any job application.

  • Read the job advertisement carefully – make sure you are fulfilling as many of the specified job requirements as possible in your application. I advise people to make a list of the skills and attributes the company is looking for.
  • Targeted and Specific – ensure every application you write is targeted towards that specific role. It is obvious to recruiters when you have just used the same general CV and cover letter.  Do not be general, but be precise.
  • Research – show in your application that you have really researched the industry, company, department and employees. The more you can show this the more recruiters can see how much you really want that specific position.  As an example, mention company projects which interest you.  Use as many sources of research as possible.  Make sure you have at the very least read the company website very carefully
  • Examples – use examples to back up statements you make. Just writing “I am good team player” is not as strong as backing it up with a specific positive example.
  • Well-structured application – make sure your application is well structured and “easy on the eye”. Remember, that your CV and cover letter are the first impressions we get of you.
  • Details – It is often the small details which count. As an example, make sure you do a spell check.
  • Exclude irrelevant points – Try not to include irrelevant points. Even if you are very proud of a particular achievement, if it is not at all relevant to the position you are applying for use the limited space more effectively.
  • Network – use your network as much as possible to answer questions you may have and give tips.
  • A second pair of eyes – I advise people to get someone they know and trust to look through their application before sending it. Another pair of eyes can see the application in a different light.
  • Passion! – try to show your passion for the industry, company, department and position. A good way for graduates to do this is by being active in relevant student societies.  Also to take part in company and industry related presentations, lectures and events.

Hopefully the above points will help you in some way. They can not of course guarantee anyone an interview, but they will improve your chances.  Good luck and maybe I will meet or interview you in the near future!

All the best with the application process! For more tips, advice and graduate insights read more of the blog posts full of guidance from former graduates, for e.g. this post by Nicolas on how to prepare for the interview.


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The Art of Interviewing

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We all have been there: receiving a call or an email saying you are going onto the next stage in the recruitment process. We experience 5 minutes of happiness and then ask ourselves ‘What do I do next?’ I have an answer for you – You need to prepare! The biggest mistake in interviewing is not being fully prepared. Preparation can make a difference between going on to the next stage or being rejected. Interviewing is a skill, and skills develop after thorough preparation and practice. Of course you decide on how you will prepare for the interview. But here I will share with you my tips on the job interview preparation:

1. First of all look at how many days you have till the interview and assess how much time you can devote to the preparation each day.

2. Review your resume and cover letter and assess your skills. You must have sent your best resume since it brought you a step closer to your dream job. However, still learn you CV and know everything that’s on it. Think of the supplemental information that could be interesting to your future employer. For example, what are the  strong sides of your personality and weaknesses. Very important is to prepare examples form the past! You can make a table where you list the skill or a requirement from the job ad and right down an example to the respective skill.


3. Research. Research. Research. Use time to learn as much as possible about our company! There is an enormous amount of information about Novo Nordisk here. This information will help you to learn more about the culture and working environment in the company. You also want to be prepared to answer questions like: “Why do you want to work here?” or “What do you know about our company?” Having this information will also help you to ask your own questions about the job and the company. By asking insightful questions you show the interviewer your interest and motivation to work in the company and also that you have done your homework.

4. Be prepared to answer why you are the perfect candidate for the company and for the programme as well! You need to be able to motivate your answer and provide as specific answers as possible.

Succeeding in the job interviews takes practice, persistence and preparation. The more effort you put in, the more success in the job interviews you will receive back.


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Rotation in USA or why it is so awesome to be a Global Procurement Graduate

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You might have already seen a post from Klaus in the beginning of this year about his experiences and learnings from the rotation abroad. Now I would like to share with you my personal experience while rotating abroad.

The majority of you can probably relate to living overseas, since you may already have had the opportunity of studying abroad.  I myself studied in Sweden and Australia,  but working full time in another country is a whole different story!

I am located in the US affiliate in Princeton, New Jersey. The work life and culture is very different from what I was used to in Denmark. Of course, I was prepared and read a lot about the American culture (note: I have never been to the US before). However, one thing reading about it, and another thing is experiencing it in reality. There are no Friday breakfasts with my colleagues in the office, no jeans are allowed, lunches are usually arranged in the nearby restaurants, and even no cakes! These were the things I noticed during my first week of being in the States that were different to what I was used to in Denmark. After being here for over 3 months now,  I can say that people here put a lot of emphasis on efficiency and work here is very dynamic, which I learned I like very much. It is important to remember that graduate rotations is not only about you learning new cultures, new business practices and processes, but it is to also about taking an opportunity to learn about yourself. After being here for over 3 months I can say for sure I know much more about myself, what I am capable of and what type of job I would like to have in the future.

So what is my role in my third rotation? I am a part of a Category Management team in Procurement and Business Services department which provides procurement support function to the rest of the organisation. Rotation in this team is slightly different from my second rotation, where my responsibilities were less fixed. I was fortunate to receive my own area of responsibility within Sales & Marketing – fulfillment category. This category refers to everything a company does between receiving an order from a customer and placing the product in the customer’s hands.  I became a “CEO” of the category, where I am leading the tender process, supplier selection and evaluation and the category strategy development. I can say for sure I am being challenged and stretched, and I love it.

The team here puts a lot of effort into continuous development where I see a lot of opportunities to learn about new procurement practices and most importantly contribute my own novel suggestions to the team development. This aspect of my job – ability to learn from different teams across the organisation- is invaluable to my development as a  Global Procurement Graduate and as Klaus pointed out: “very difficult to accomplish in a permanent position without the rotational structure“.

So if you would like to take one this fantastic journey as well, apply for Global Procurement Graduate position before January 10. It is a great springboard for launching a life-changing career at a global pharmaceutical company. The programme is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge of the Novo Nordisk Procurement value chain and a solid understanding of our business. In procurement, that currently manages multiple billions of spend every year across the value chain, you will develop your skills within category management, supplier strategies, negotiation, sourcing processes, procurement systems and project and change management. So if you hold a recent master’s degree in Finance, Economics, Business Administration, Supply Chain Management or Engineering and have finished at the top of your class apply now and become a part of the fantastic team!



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Meet Stefanie, Global Procurement Graduate from Austria, and her experience with the recruitment process

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Dear All!

I am pleased to introduce you to Stefanie, a second Global Procurement Graduate of class 2015. Read below as she provides her invaluable input about the recruitment process in Novo Nordisk :)


This is me and my elevator speech:
I was born close to Kitzbuehel in Austria. I’m a nature loving sports enthusiast, who spent a lot of time abroad at various universities both in the US and Denmark. Since September 2015, I have been a Global Procurement Graduate in Novo Nordisk.

In this post I would like to share my personal experience from the recruitment process. In general when having to share my personal experience, I think a lot about what to share and whether the readers are even interested in MY experience. But let’s leave this all aside and here you go, fresh, raw and as unbiased as possible… ;)

First of all, you should really read Nicolas’ post about the why’s: Why Novo Nordisk? Why not? Why me? I think it is a tremendously well written piece about the questions every applicant shall ask her/himself prior to applying.

The cover letter and the application
Continuing on the questioning part of things, my recruitment process was very much influenced by constant questioning. I did not only asked myself quite self-critical questions (you are your own best critic) such as: is my application good enough?  i.e. do I have good enough grades, what about my prior experience, do I have the “X” factor they are looking for, etc. But, I tried to look at my application from the eye of a recruiter:

  • Is it visually appealing?
  • Is it easy to read?
  • Have I attached the latest grades, etc.

I ended up taking quite some time preparing my cover letter and application, as it was really important for me not to make a rookie mistake and disqualify myself even before getting into the real recruiting process, which for me was the telephone interview and onwards.

The first point of contact with Novo Nordisk – the phone interview
Once I got to the telephone interview, I figured my application must at least have covered the minimum requirements :). Prior to the phone interview however I was again very conscious about… do my clothes look professional? What about my hair, down or up? In hindsight, really unimportant questions, but it made me feel at ease, somehow… We all know how important the first 3sec of meeting another person are :). I also made sure to further read up on Novo Nordisk (Triple bottom line, Novo Nordisk way) and tried to talk to as many Novo Nordisk representatives as I had in my network. Hearing their experiences within the company was very important for me as a recruiting process is always two ways. Yes, the company might enter into a relationship with you, but it is also you as a person that is potentially entering a relationship with the company. It’s a two-way street.

The graduate recruitment center (GRC)
I was overly excited when I received the invitation to the graduate recruitment center. Strangely enough the questioning part diminished slightly once I knew I was one of 6 participants for the procurement GRC. In the end I just figured that I had to be myself as this is what is beneficial to me and also to Novo Nordisk. I would not want to work at a company which doesn’t see me fit the way I am. So if you ask me whether I was nervous? Yes. Whether I could sleep well the days before? No. Whether or not I enjoyed myself at the GRC? So So. It was tough, nothing else would be honest for me to claim, but it was fair. We were pushed out of our comfort zone and had quite intense days, however on the other hand I really enjoyed being part of the GRC as:

  1. I like to be challenged.
  2. I met only (really, you can believe me on that one) only nice and welcoming Novo Nordisk representatives which confirmed my initial impression about Novo Nordisk’s corporate culture.
  3. I could already be proud of myself that I had managed it that far in a quite rigorous recruitment process.

After the GRC I was completely exhausted, but I believe it never was supposed to be a walk in the park :) . On the other hand I was also quite proud that I kept true to myself throughout the whole recruitment process which was very important to me.
In the end you will never know what the recruiters are looking for and whom they will end up hiring, but the least I could do from my side, was being myself.

Below you can find my personal 10 pieces for a successful Novo Nordisk recruiting process and the 10 tips that I can share with you which helped me get to where I am now.
My top 10 pieces of advice for successful Novo Nordisk recruitment:

If use the 10 tips as a guide, I hope they will improve your chances in the recruitment process by helping you avoid the most common mistakes.

Good luck :) !!!


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