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An Executive Vice President, and his story

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Dear reader,

IMG_9848An important part (and perk) of being a Novo Nordisk employee is the strong focus on leadership as well as professional and personal development – particularly in the graduate programme, which has the purpose to develop future leaders of the company. Recently, all global graduates got the exiting opportunity to meet a leader who has gone through most of his professional development at Novo Nordisk: Executive Vice President, Jesper Hoiland.

We were told to be at building NN1 at 8am (sharp!) where Jesper Hoiland would take us through his journey from when he started his career at Novo Nordisk, 29 years ago, until today. It is definitely safe to say that Jesper Hoiland has had a remarkable career! He has worked in, and successfully led various different business functions across the entire globe, which ultimately has brought him to the position and responsibility he has today: Executive Vice President (EVP) of Novo Nordisk and President of the US affiliate – one of the most significant regions for the Novo Nordisk business.

Jesper Hoiland embarked his career at Novo Nordisk in 1987, and worked within marketing in Novo Nordisk Canada and Belgium, before becoming head of Novo Nordisk’s Diabetes Division in France. In 1998 he took up the position as managing director of Novo Nordisk Australia, and in 2000 he was appointed Senior Vice President of International Marketing at Novo Nordisk’s headquarters in Denmark. In 2004 Jesper Hoiland took over the responsibility of Novo Nordisk’s region International Operations as Senior Vice President, based in Switzerland, and in 2013 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Novo Nordisk North America. This career journey culminated in April 2015, where Jesper Hoiland was promoted Executive Vice President with responsibility for the US. I told you, remarkable, right?

Given the opportunity, any curious and ambitious mind would have to ask the question: what has he done to come to the point where he is today, and what is the story behind his success?

IMG_9879The answer is not simple, because it is not simple to become an EVP – at all.  Throughout his presentation, Jesper Hoiland shared some pivotal moments in his career, and gave deeper insights to what he has done to get where he is today. In his narration he navigated through business and management topics, and his take on balancing your professional and personal life. As you may imagine, since it is extremely demanding to be an EVP in a global leading pharmaceutical company, these are areas where you must be an exceptional performer. It was extremely insightful! Furthermore, he touched upon a topic which I personally enjoyed a lot: working your way up, and letting your work do the talk. Jesper Hoiland told us about how he got his hands dirty by working in the field with tight budgets, demanding sales targets and making essential decisions on a day-to-day basis. In other words, he worked – in its most literal meaning – his way to becoming a top-line manager. From my experience, a vast amount of young professionals embarking their career dream of working with CXO-level strategy from the day they exit the university halls. But, let me offer you this view: how can you become a top-line manager, without having sold, launched or managed anything? Success does not come from sitting in an ivory tower. Call me outdated or old-fashioned, but I really believe in paying your dues and experiencing rather than referencing. Experience is an opportunity – an opportunity Jesper Hoiland seized, and that Novo Nordisk Graduates are offered.

Finally, Jesper Hoiland gave 5 key take-away insights to keep top of mind in your daily work life and long-term career. I’m intentionally not going to elaborate on these bullets to give you an opportunity to build your own take-aways.

  • Long-term > Quick Win
  • Co-develop with your peers through delegation and empowerment
  • Promote mobility and diversity
  • Provide instant, direct feedback, and be open to the same
  • Celebrate success

I hope you have gained a further understanding of what a career in Novo Nordisk offers. Thank you for reading!

/Nicolas

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Packing the essentials for the Graduate Recruitment Center

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The graduate recruitment center, also known as “GRC” in the Novo Nordisk language of abbreviations, is right around the corner! Congratulations to those of you who has made it so far.

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I remember thinking last year, what should I prepare and what should I bring? Well let me give you a few tips on how to prepare and pack for the GRC!

The elements for success when packing your “bag” for the GRC:
1. Your Notes and preparation
While you are not asked to prepare anything in particular for the GRC, I would highly recommend that you do your research. By that I mean, do read up on Novo Nordisk, perhaps read the newly released annual report and get a feel for the pharmaceutical industry. Secondly, by preparation and notes I also mean your own “presentation” – you can expect to network and meet several people who will expect to hear who you are in a short 1 minute pitch. You will also have the opportunity to meet a lot of current graduates and employees, use this time to ask what it is like working at Novo Nordisk and prepare those questions you would like to know. This is not only your chance to pitch yourself, but also to get to know what it is like working at Novo Nordisk and see whether this could be something for you.

2. Time keeping – bring your watch!
The GRC is quite full of activities and each of you will get an individual schedule for you to keep with you and coordinate your various events throughout the GRC. Don’t worry, we even have a map for you prepared so you can find your way around and be on time. That said, you will participate in several events and tasks that require some timekeeping. Secondly, time goes fast and you will be very tired by the end of the first day – so do make sure to get a lot of rest the day before so you are ready and rested.

3. Your best shoes!
Now this does not mean you will do a lot of walking, and you should of course be comfortable, but I do advice to remember this is a job interview. Several ladies have already asked, should I wear heels? Well, wear what is comfortable to you, but I would if I was in your shoes :)

4. Talk, talk and contribute
When you reach the GRC, you will already to an extend have had the opportunity to present yourself and your personality, and while this is still very essential for succeeding – another very important aspect at the GRC is your teamwork and how you collaborate with others. Expect to work in teams and get to know the other applicants and possibly future colleagues.

All in all, the GRC is a very challenging, fun and exciting experience that either way will be a great learning experience. So when you roll in with your suitcase or bag, have fun and enjoy that you have made it this far! :)

See you there!

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10 things to pack with you for the graduate recruitment center!

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“How can I best prepare for the GRC?” This is the question that all of you who reached out to me asked. Fair question, as I asked the exact same to a graduate last year a few days before going to the GRC!

Well… I may disappoint you, but actually there is not much you can do in terms of preparation for the GRC. Of course, this is taking for granted that you already know yourself and your CV very well as well as what we do at Novo Nordisk.

Nevertheless, I’d advise you to bring along with you:

  1. Full batteries (energy)
  2. Strong motivation and great enthusiasm
  3. Open-mindedness
  4. Humility
  5. TEAM spirit
  6. Enjoyment and positive attitude
  7. Professional behaviour
  8. Strong awareness for business ethics
  9. Your ambitions and your dreams (everyone has a dream!)
  10. Your TRUE self!

As you read the above list, you may think that it sounds very obvious to pack these things in your suitcase. However, we will be happy to see that you did not forget them at the GRC!

4 additional tips:

  • “How should I dress up?” You have been told that the dress code is “smart casual” meaning that you should dress up appropriately and professionally, yet not too formally. My advice is to dress up in the clothes you feel most comfortable and self-confident with.
  • Enjoy the GRC! Be relaxed (it is very important!) and enjoy every moment that the GRC has to offer you. Although it is going to be intense, be in a positive mood. I have no doubt that you will greatly enjoy your time there anyway. Take it as a unique opportunity to meet amazing people from all over the world and expand your network. I have stayed in touch with quite a lot of people that I met at the GRC last year!
  • For non-Danes – Consider the GRC as an opportunity for you to learn more about Novo Nordisk’s identity and to get some insights on the Danish/Scandinavian culture and work environment.
  • NO STRESS! – I must admit that, even though I was very attracted by Novo Nordisk before applying for the graduate programme, the GRC was the actual revelation for me. On the first day, I realised that I had a big crush on the company (yeah, I’m also romantic when it comes to jobs!) and I left Copenhagen thinking that I really wanted to work for Novo Nordisk one day… However, it was impossible to assess whether I had a chance to get the job or not, as all the candidates I had met there were amazing. Therefore, on the first night in my hotel room, trying to fall asleep after an intense day, I decided not to put any pressure on myself to get this graduate job. I would just be relaxed, cool, and happy to be there with smart and nice people surrounding me. Why? Because I realised that I would like to work for Novo Nordisk one day. One day could be the following September (by starting the graduate programme) or in a few years, coming back with some experience via another job. Nothing is set in stone in life! So if it doesn’t work now, it could work later. NO STRESS! :)

Congratulations again for making it that far and all the best for the GRC! I am looking forward to meeting you all on Wednesday night at the dinner!

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3 Strikes You’re Out? My Unique Graduate Recruitment Center Experience.

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Over the course of your life I am sure there have been many moments where you needed to be at your best and yet the world was working against you. Perhaps it was spraining a wrist before a basketball competition, falling ill before an important presentation, or waking up to a snowstorm on the day of a can’t-miss exam (maybe this last one is solely a Canadian experience…). Whatever it may be, it is during these hardships that we find where our true strength lies and how we perform the face of adversity. I had to learn how to overcome one of these moments at the Graduate Recruitment Center (GRC) just last year.

It all started two weeks before the GRC where I sustained a very mild concussion at volleyball practice. Strike 1. I could lie and say that I sustained the concussion after making a heroic dive during a drill, but in reality I whacked my head on a low-hanging wooden beam after tying my shoes. Fortunately it was such a mild concussion that by the next morning I was back to my normal self.

Fast forward one week and I am at volleyball practice again, unaware of the impending tragedy I was about to face. While playing a game with my teammates I miscalculated a jump which led to a really bad landing and a severe ankle sprain. Strike 2. I was already begining to feel the stress of the GRC and here I was, one week away from the big event and unable to walk. Luckily, within days of my injury I went from being immobilized, to hopping around with crutches, walking with crutches, and finally, one day before the GRC being able to walk freely, albeit very carefully. What a relief!

Until…

Less than 24 hours before the GRC I found myself with a bacterial infection. Strike 3. At this point, all I could do was laugh. Bad things come in three’s right? Perhaps this last event occurred to give me the perspective of just how necessary pharmaceuticals are in our daily lives. One can only imagine.

So here I was, arriving at the GRC all in one piece physically, but definitely shaken from the various medical hurdles I had faced mere days before. Combined with the nerves of the event and how intimidated I felt compared to my competitors, I definitely was not feeling my best. I believe this really showed through, and while I never had a horrible presentation like some other past-graduates have written about, I just wasn’t being my complete self. My Day 1 self-assessment: mediocre at best.

As I sat in my hotel room at the end of that first day I decided that I needed to adjust my attitude and mindset for the next 24 hours or else I was not going to get the job. I started with a skype conversation with a friend where I ranted about my experience and received some encouraging advice. Then I watched (and re-watched about 10 times) a motivating youtube video (click here, seriously, it’s great!). Finally, I asked my friend to text me positive quotes throughout the next day and ended the night by creating a pump-up playlist to wake up to the next morning. This active decision to change my attitude, to give this competition my best shot, and to truly be myself resulted in an exponentially better Day 2. I was energized, I was motivated, I was happy, I was confident, and most importantly,  it showed! Without that turn-around decision the night before Day 2 I guarantee that I would not be sitting here writing this blog post.

The lead up to the GRC can be nerve-racking enough, especially if you are flying in from halfway around the world, have had a similar terrible lead up like myself, or have experienced something much worse! The key to overcoming these unpredictable set backs is to have tools that can get you out of your funk. It’s ok if a bad performance during the GRC momentarily knocks your confidence down, just ensure that it doesn’t keep you down! Start strategizing now about how you can have the best GRC possible, and be prepared to face hurdles and overcome them.

Best of luck!

Maggie

 

For previous posts on our blog have focused on what happens at the GRC and strategies to cope(click here).

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How Does Science Fit Into Regulatory Affairs?

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As a scientist it can be very hard to find employment outside of the laboratory. That’s why it comes as no surprise that the Regulatory Affairs Graduate Program attracts so many bright scientists eagerly looking for a career away from test tubes and statistical analysis.

Although Regulatory Affairs is a department branched under Research & Development, we do not dress in white lab coats and we definitely do not mix chemicals at our desks. So how exactly does a science background help with everyday work in Regulatory Affairs? I took this question to the current Regulatory Affairs graduates to find out!

 

Q: What skills specific to a science education do you utilize in your work as a Regulatory Affairs Graduate?

Holti (MSc Molecular Biomedicine): I think being able to present highly complex scientific information in a simplistic language – both verbal as well as in written form – is a skill that comes in handy in Regulatory Affairs. In science you often have to explain really complicated mechanisms and data to a variety of audiences –  the same came be said for Regulatory Affairs. I also found that being part of a research group helped give me essential project management skills such as planning, coordination, and team work which is used daily in my job at Novo Nordisk.

Nani (MSc Neuroscience): My science background helped to enhance my presentation skills. During my degree I would have to regularly present findings of my research during lab meetings and poster presentations, to name but a few. This has helped with my confidence when presenting, the quality of my slides generated, how to engage the audience etc., which I try to utilise when I have to present in meetings here at Novo Nordisk.

Nicoline (MSc Pharmacuetical Design and Engineering):  What has helped me a lot was the focus on the pharmaceutical industry in my degree. I didn’t just have courses in science – I also had courses that “zoomed out” to give the students a better understanding of the different phases of drug development (research, development, production, clinical trials, patenting etc.) and how they are connected. This insight into the pharmaceutical process, from search to marketing, has been extremely valuable to me.

Constanze (PhD Clinical Biochemistry):  Being able to quickly grasp a lot of information from many different stakeholders and organizing it into an overview  is a skill I used all the time during my PhD and still today in Regulatory Affairs. Learning to keep minutes, writing agendas, and learning how to drive meetings in the lab definitely prepared me for doing the same at the meetings I attend here at Novo Nordisk.

Maggie (MSc Human Nutrition): I had a lot of focus on critical reading during my education. We were constantly reading journal articles and dissecting them to the smallest of details. This ability to read into information and critical assess the quality of the data is something that I use in my work here at Novo Nordisk. I have to evaluate and review information that is sent all over the world and I need to ensure that it is not interpreted in the wrong way. Learning to read and assess nutrition research articles from different perspectives has definitely helped with that.

Annika (MSc Molecular Medicine, MSc International Health Policy): Having a comprehensive overview of the health policy and system setting in different countries is currently helping me understand the market access aspect of pharmaceutical development. This knowledge has allowed me to understand and contribute to key strategy discussions when trying to launch a new product here at Novo Nordisk .

 

MSc: Masters of Science

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You’re Quick Guide to Regulatory Affairs Grad Eligibility

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Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of questions from eager candidates about their eligibility for our wonderful program:

“What if I did two 3 month internships during my BSc* and have been working for 5 months after my MSc¤, can I still apply?”

“Right now I have 11 months of work experience, but by the time you look at my application I will have over 1 year, am I still eligible?”

“I’ve done a BSc, MSc, AND PhD – is that OK?”

Let’s try and tackle the confusion with this Quick Guide to Your RA Grad Eligibility!

Can you apply if you have….

Just a BSc –> NO

BSc + < 1 year work experience –> NO

BSc + MSc + 0 work experience –> YES

BSc + MSc + < 1 work experience –> YES

BSc + MSc + > 1 work experience –> NO

BSc + MSc + PhD –> YES

BSc + MSc + PhD < 1 work experience –> YES

BSc + MSc + PhD + > 1 year work experience –> NO

It’s understandable that ‘work experience’ can be interpreted differently, so here are some helpful things to keep in mind:

  1. Internships DO NOT COUNT as work experience
  2. Any combination where you accumulate < 1 year of full time work experience in small chunks (including during and after your studies) is OK
  3. Work experience is counted at the time of the application
  4. Post-doc counts as work experience

 

I hope this helps clarify any of your questions!

Best of luck applying,

Maggie

 

 

*BSc = Bachelor (of Science)

¤MSc = Master (of Science)

 

 

 

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A taste of epidemiology

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Dear reader,

In this blog I’ve invited Johanne, the skill area manager for the epidemiology graduate programme, to give you a taste of what epidemiology in Novo Nordisk is about. Johanne was herself a epidemiology graduate which gives her unique experience that will surely benefit future epidemiology graduates.

It’s a little more than 3 years since you joined the graduate program yourself. Why did you join the graduate program?
I applied for the graduate program in 2012, because it was in my view a very nice way to start my professional life as a “fresh-out-of-university” epidemiologist. I was curious to learn, how I could use the epidemiological skill-set acquired during my studies in the context of a pharmaceutical company. Also, I had my eye set on Novo Nordisk as a great potential workplace, and the graduate program provided a unique opportunity to get an overview of the company through rotations in three different departments.

What did your three rotations in the graduate program look like?
I spent my first rotation in the Epidemiology department in Søborg (DK), where I worked mainly on literature-based tasks related to our main disease areas such as diabetes and obesity. My second rotation took place at our US affiliate office in Princeton, NJ where I was situated in the Health Economics and Outcomes Research department. Here, I worked on the more costs-related aspects of the diseases that Novo Nordisk develops treatments for, as well as the value propositions of our products. Finally, I spent my third and final rotation in Corporate Stakeholders Engagement in Bagsværd (DK), where I worked on a programme on the interlinking between urbanisation and diabetes, “Cities Changing Diabetes”. My role was to provide and validate epidemiological evidence, facts and figures used in the external communication of the programme.

What is special about epidemiology in Novo Nordisk?
I think that one of the special features about working with epidemiology in Novo Nordisk is that it is naturally centred on our main disease areas diabetes, obesity, haemophilia and growth disorders, so you really get to know the epidemiology of these diseases very well. Methodologically, both literature reviews and data analyses are tools that are applied to a high extent, so you really get to use your epidemiological toolkit. In Novo Nordisk we work across the organisation with many different stakeholders and often with quite short timelines for delivery of analyses. Therefore, working with epidemiology in Novo Nordisk often means balancing many different projects and at times a need for a slightly pragmatic approach to the level of detail, even though we always strive for a high methodological and scientific standard.

As a skill area manager, what will you look for in a coming epidemiology graduate?
First of all, I will look for a passion to work with epidemiology and a strong analytical skill- and mind-set. Then I will be interested in knowing about any relevant work experience that the candidate has gained through internships, student assistant jobs or volunteering. International experience obtained while studying or working is of high value as well. Due to the many stakeholder interactions and since we work in teams, it is also pivotal that the candidate has strong social skills and functions well in team work. Finally, I will look for the person behind the application – why does the candidate want to work for Novo Nordisk, what motivates the candidate and what can the candidate bring personally to the company besides strictly professional skills.

If you want to kick-start your career in epidemiology this should give you plenty of reason to consider the graduate program. More about the other programs coming up soon.

All the Best,
Lars

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Regulatory Affairs – Swipe Right or Left?

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I watched a Youtube video recently that explained the Paradox of Choice – a theory that captures the modern day dilemma of wanting as much choice as possible but getting anxious when presented with too much choice. While this paradox was founded based on consumers experience while shopping, you may be experiencing it right now as you ‘shop’ for the right Graduate Program at Novo Nordisk.

The first tool to tackle this overwhelming selection is to figure out which programs you qualify for. Check out this handy chart, snatched from the depths of the Novo Nordisk Graduate website, to see the educational background each program is looking for.

After figuring out which programs you qualify for the second tactic to narrowing down your options is to browse through the blog. While one program may sound better in the description, you could be swayed by a personal account in a graduate’s blog post to join another program! So take your time and do your research.

If you’ve completed the above two steps and are considering RA, then might I suggest we play a little game? Similar to a once-popular dating app, I will go through a series of steps where you should either swipe left (consider another program) or swipe right (apply for RA).

Now let’s play!

  • Do you have an Masters degree or PhD in natural science, health science or sociology?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Are you good at seeking out information from multiple resources?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Can you handle an unpredictable work pace (i.e. fast weeks followed by slower weeks)?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Do you think life should only be about work?
    • No -> Swipe Right and continue on
    • Yes -> Swipe Left
  • Can you handle many responsibilities (both big and small) at once?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Do you enjoy being involved in teams and participating in multi-stakeholder meetings?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Are you afraid to ask for help?
    • No -> Swipe Right and continue on
    • Yes -> Swipe Left
  • Are you an effective communicator, taking into consideration cultural differences and workplace practice?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and continue on
  • Are you easy-going, social, and ready to develop professionally AND personally?
    • No -> Swipe Left
    • Yes -> Swipe Right and cross the finish line!

If you’ve ‘Swiped Right’ to all the questions then congratulations – the RA program seems like a good fit for you! If you would still like to learn more about RA check out previous blog posts by clicking on the ‘R&D Regulatory Affairs’ category to the right of my writer’s profile picture. Also be sure to check back next week for a post about the types of tasks a typical RA grad encounters.

Happy swiping,

Maggie

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Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

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Hello and welcome!

I’m Maggie, a Regulatory Affairs (RA) Graduate from Canada. RA seems to be the most confusing and elusive graduate program Novo Nordisk offers, so I hope that this blog will help provide clarity and give you a better insight into what this mystery program has to offer. While I won’t give you ALL the details  just yet (check back soon :) ), I can give you the short and sweet version now.

RA graduates on our first day! From left to right: Maggie, Holti, Constanze, and Nicoline.

RA graduates on our first day! From left to right: Maggie, Holti, Constanze, and Nicoline.

Regulatory Affairs is a key department in a company which supplies products within a regulated industry. Regulated industries range from pharamaceuticals to cosmetics, food, energy and much more. The primary purpose of RA is to ensure that products are manufactured, tested, and sold according to the legislature set by a country’s health agency.

For example, in order for Novo Nordisk to sell pharmaceuticals in the United States, we must ensure that ALL the steps in the R&D process from idea generation to clinical testing to manufacturing to packaging to shipping comply with the legislation the FDA has defined.

Make and sell a product according to the rules – sound’s fairly simple right?

Well, consider this – almost every country has its own health authority and each has their own specific guidelines. Combine that with management of an entire product portfolio PLUS all the steps in the R&D process that we have to ensure alignment with! Together, all these variables lead to a VERY complex process with a LOT of stakeholders and an INFINITE combination of potential tasks that can slide across your desk. Not so simple sounding anymore eh?

If I have peaked your curioisty just a touch more throughout this introduction then look forward to the next blog post where I will give you a much better insight into RA and the tasks that a graduate is responsible for. You can also look forward to blog posts related to the NN Graduate Program as a whole, as well as my perspective on being a foreign Graduate!

If you would like to learn more about me and my work experience, please check out my blog bio by clicking on my writer’s profile.

Until next time,

Maggie

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Trial Management – a perspective from Australia

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Dear reader,

In this blog post the focus will be on trial management. As I’m not an expert on this area I’ve asked my graduate colleague Maja some questions. Maja joined the graduate program as a trial management graduate in 2014 and is currently spending a very exciting rotation in Australia.

Maja in Sydney.

Maja in Sydney.

Too start off Maja, give us a short introduction to what trial management is all about?
Clinical trials are an important part of the development of new drugs. Before a new potential drug can be put on the market for the benefits of the patients, the product needs to go through a set of clinical trials, making sure the drug is both safe and is working as it is intended.
A clinical trial is a big setup that needs a large amount of planning, organisation and collaboration across different skill areas. In trial management you are responsible of managing this process; from the very first step of writing the trial protocol and orchestrating the roll out of the trial, all the way through to last-patient-last-visit and database lock. From here the collected data is handed over to statisticians and medical writers, preparing the clinical trial report that is sent to the health authorities for approval.

Very interesting. So what has your role been in your second rotation?
In my second rotation, which I have spent in the Australian affiliate, I have been working as a CRA (clinical research associate) also referred to as a monitor. In this role I have got to experience how the clinical trials are run in a local market. Orchestrated from HQ the clinical trials are run locally by the local trial managers and a set of CRAs, who goes out to the clinical trial sites to oversee that the trials are run according to the protocol and good clinical practice.
I have been lucky to be involved in different trials at different stages, allowing me experience both the initiation, execution and closure of a trial. This has given me an insight to all of the processes from A to Z it takes to run a trial in Australia.

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Which competencies do you get in your current role in Australia that you cannot get in HQ in Denmark?
In the affiliate I have got the opportunity to get a local perspective of how Novo Nordisk as a company operates in Australia and to experience the local aspects of how clinical trials are run in Novo Nordisk. The learnings I have got here I couldn’t gain in any other way than actually being physically situated in the local market. By living and working here, you get this special insight, which you cannot get from reading about it or through other peoples learnings.
Also, through my work in the affiliate I have got to work directly with the customers of Novo Nordisk, in term of investigators and study personnel, which is a type of stakeholder I wouldn’t get to work directly with in HQ.

What is the best part of having an international rotation?
The best part of the international rotation, I would say, is the personal development you gain from having to settle in a new country, a new culture and a new working environment. It requires a lot of investment in the beginning having to build new routines and a new network, but the learnings I have acquired from this experience I am sure I will use in my life going forward – approaching the world with open-arms and a feeling of “I-can-do-this”.

Why should recent, or soon to be, graduates apply for the trial management graduate program?
I definitely encourage everyone with an interest in clinical trial management to apply for the programme! The programme allows you to obtain great knowledge of clinical trials and on specifically how clinical trials are run in Novo Nordisk. Through the programme you get the opportunity to be exposed to different trials in different phases and different therapeutic areas within a short time, which I see as one of the greatest benefits of the programme. On top of this the extensive support and training you get throughout the programme, I find, helps you climb the steep learning curve and transform from a student to an employee, much faster than if you were hired into a position as a regular employee.

Hope you enjoyed Maja’s insight. Stay tuned for more information about the other graduate programs in Global Development.

All the Best,
Lars

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