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Graduate Recruitment Centre: the final sprint!

Category: R&D Regulatory Affairs Uncategorized | (7) comments

The last hurdle is finally on the horizon: the Graduate Recruitment Centre (GRC)! First off, for those of you who have made it to this last stage, you should be extremely proud of yourselves. There were a lot of applicants this year across all the different programs, many of whom were highly qualified, so good job!

As I write this I am feeling a bit nostalgic because this time last year I myself was participating at the GRC as a Regulatory Affairs candidate and it was truly an amazing experience. In this post, I’d like to lessen some of the obscurity surrounding the GRC and give you a couple of tips.

  1. Be yourself. At this stage, your resume, cover letter, grades, and accomplishments take the backseat. The GRC is much more about who you are as an individual. It’s about your personality, your values, your goals, etc. The important thing to take away is that there is no point in faking who you are. Firstly, you don’t know what the assessors are looking for. Secondly, being yourself is the only way you can find out if this company and this programme are the right fit for you. Novo Nordisk doesn’t only seek to hire great candidates, but seeks to hire those that genuinely want to be part of the program and that will consequently get the most out of it.
  2. You are constantly being evaluated. One of the main purposes of the GRC is to see how you perform and react to challenges. There are personal interviews, but there are also a range of activities that you are thrown into. One thing you should prepare yourself for is that there will be assessors surrounding you all the time. The GRC is about evaluating the process just as much as it is about the final outcome of a specific activity or task.
  3. Your expertise is not as important as you think. Some of the tasks will be outside of your area of expertise / education but don’t let this get to you. It is not about who knows the most about Regulatory Affairs. It is about who can navigate and solve problems, how do you interact with others to achieve a certain goal, how do you respond to uncertainty?
  4. Don’t get too caught up in a poor performance. I distinctly remember doing badly in a task and having a moment where I thought “that’s it, I’m never getting this job”. But if there’s one thing that all the current graduates have in common it’s that we decided to put that internal voice aside and move on to the next task. At the end of the day, you are human and the assessors aren’t looking for someone who doesn’t make mistakes, because everyone does. If you feel you’ve disappointed yourself in a particular task, use it as an opportunity to prove that you can soldier on and ace the next one.
  5. All the candidates are very sharp. One of the first things I noticed (and that scared me!) at the GRC was how smart, cool, and qualified the other candidates were. There’s a reason they are all there. But it is important to keep in mind that you made it there too. What is also crucial to remember is that while the GRC is still a competition, I can guarantee that attempting to bring others down will not get you the job. In my year, the 12 candidates got along exceedingly well. Yes, we had all tried to convince the assessors that we were the right ones for the job, but we had supported each other and learnt from one another in the process. It was amazing to meet so many bright people and it is important that you appreciate being part of this unique experience while you are there.
  6. Relax and have fun. I can’t stress this enough, and I think it ties in to all of my previous points. You’ve made it this far and you should be very proud. It is going to be a long day and so the best way to survive the GRC is to live in the moment.

I wish you all the best of luck. Carpe diem!


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Déjà vu! Giving Your Application a Purpose and a Voice

Category: Business Processes Global Finance Global Marketing Global Procurement International Operations Business International Operations Finance People & Organization Product Supply R&D Global Development R&D Regulatory Affairs Uncategorized | (3) comments

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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Meet my fellow Graduates in Global Development

Category: R&D Global Development Uncategorized | (4) comments

Hi everyone,

Last time I promised to share more information about what Graduates in other skill areas in Global Development are involved with. So, what better way than to let the Graduates themselves present their departments in a short but informative video?!

In this context, I invited four of my fellow Graduates to discuss and talk about their skill areas:

  • Nikoline from Epidemiology with a MSc. in Public Health Science
  • Adeeb from Trial Management with a MSc. in Medical Science and Bio-entrepreneurship
  • Claudia from Data Management with a MSc. in Computer Science
  • Nicole from Medical Writing with a MSc. in Human Nutrition

Let me remind you that if you are interested in becoming an Epidemiology Graduate, an academic background in epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, biology, human biology or equivalent is acceptable. Correspondingly, the Trial Management, Medical Writing or Data Management Graduate positions require a background in natural sciences (e.g. pharmacy, human biology or equivalent) or IT (for Data Management Program). For joining me in Biostatistics you will need to have a background in Statistics (surprise!) and for the Statistical Programming Graduate Program a background in science (e.g. biology, biophysics or a technical/medical combination) or IT.

However, Global Development will not be hiring Graduates until 2018, so I suggest signing up for our Global Talent Pipeline and get visible to Novo Nordisk when an opportunity comes up!






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What do the Business Processes Graduates actually do?

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Hello again! After introducing you to why I chose Novo Nordisk, I will now try to explain what I actually do at Novo Nordisk. Or, more precisely, give you some examples of what Global Business Processes graduates can do at Novo Nordisk during the first rotation!

When I first heard the programme name, I remember wondering what the title stood for: “Do they do process optimisation? Do they only work with global projects? Is it all about flowcharts and business management systems?” Luckily, my doubts were soon cleared.

And I remember wondering about what functions I could explore by joining the programme.  As of today, I am still finding out about the numerous options the company has to offer, but I definitely have a better overview of the many possibilities! So let me give you some examples of what a Global Business Processes graduate can work on. I picked a few of my colleagues, starting from myself.

Team: TBL Value and Impact

Projects: I have now been with the team for over four months and have been mainly involved in three projects with quite different focuses:
• TBL Affiliate Engagement Framework and Plan: created an overview of the offerings in the Corporate Sustainability teams and developed a framework and engagement plan for future engagements with affiliates in terms of TBL activities
• Impact Assessment of social initiatives at corporate level
• Sustainability Communication Redesign Project: supporting the redesign the online communication strategy for sustainability


Team: R&D Business Support

• Digital Health in R&D: Participate as a project member in the Digital Health project which aim is to map current digital health activities in R&D as well as interdependencies to IT and Marketing with the purpose of writing up a positioning paper for R&D Management discussion.
• Global Project Planner roll-out: drive the change management and training activities in connection with the roll out of the Global Project planner system to the R&D organisation
• Monthly reporting: Analyse the monthly report process. Address issues and provide a recommendation for how to optimise and lean the setup.


Team: Supply Chain Development

• Segmentation and differentiation: primarily working on optimising production and improving NNs sales and distribution strategy


Team: Novo Nordisk Consulting

• Novo Nordisk Consulting is the in-house consultancy of Novo Nordisk. The department is set up with a dynamic team consisting of ambitious Managers and Associates with backgrounds from external consultancies as well as driven Novo Nordisk Graduates. The team drives large projects across departments and geographies to deliver concrete recommendations to the company. Thereby, it supports the organisation to improve the performance by analysing organisational challenges and providing a clear plan for improvement. Further, it is the commitment of the department to develop talents and move them into different positions within the company.



Team: Insights & Forecasting

• Long Term Diabetes Patient Forecast
• Strategic Planning Process (10 year forecast)
• Resource allocation guidance
• Growth Strategy Project
• Ad hoc brand analysis



Team: novohealth

• Designing and implementing novohealth’s digital presence.
• Implementing novohealth in affiliates


As you can see, we are all experiencing different departments and projects, despite being part of the same graduate programme! What is exciting about it is that we all share with each other our experiences, knowledge, news, ideas, doubts…This not only adds great value to the experience, but it also enhances chances for cross-departmental collaboration and network building.

I hope the overview gave you some insights on what we do at Novo Nordisk, and I look forward to reading your comments and answering your questions!

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Smart Glasses and Finance – who would have thought?

Category: Global Finance Uncategorized | (0) comments

Hi everyone,

In my last blog I discussed the structure of the Global Finance Graduate Programme. But if you’re interested in applying for the programme, you of course want to know what the daily work will look like. So in the following I will give you some insights into my own experience working for Novo Nordisk since September. If you haven’t read it already, Josephine’s blog about her job in Investment Management is definitely worth the read as well.

Last summer I received an e-mail from the Global Finance Graduate Programme manager saying I would start in Product Supply. More specific, the Strategic Finance team in “Diabetes Finished Products”. Without knowing too much about what I would be doing, I started in September and quickly learned it is a very exciting job.

Diabetes Finished Products
As global market leader in diabetes care, with an insulin market share of 46%, Novo Nordisk produces a lot of insulin across seven production sites around the world. Diabetes Finished Products makes sure the active ingredient is turned into liquid insulin captured in medical devices that patients can use. In our headquarter in Copenhagen we make strategic decisions about what volumes to produce at the sites in the different regions, whether to expand a certain site with a new production line or how to increase efficiency worldwide.

Strategic Finance
Within Diabetes Finished Products (DFP), Strategic Finance is responsible for the financial analyses of strategic decisions. For example: how much would it cost to build a new production line at our site in France vis-à-vis our site in China? In other words, Strategic Finance quantifies the business case. Another main task of Strategic Finance is to initiate projects that can improve our cost base in the long run. For instance: how can we professionalise our procurement set-up of materials and services such that we spend less money on external parties?

My responsibilities

The Strategic Finance team I work for is small (only 4 people including me), which means I get much exposure and responsibilities. I have been working on two major projects in different areas. First of all, I am project manager of a project called Smart Glasses. In an attempt to increase efficiency, we figured that our operators in production can wear smart glasses, which are glasses that help them performing their job by showing videos, checklists and provide real-time relevant production data. In this way, we can reduce mistakes and time spent, thereby increasing productivity. Being project manager means I have “sold” the project in a presentation to higher management, I have had meetings with technology vendors, I am meeting internal stakeholders like Quality Assurance (which make sure we produce following the authorities’ requirements) and I attended a technology conference in Copenhagen. I never thought I would get to try on smart glasses and work with this project before I started at Novo Nordisk!

A second project I have been working on is developing a marginal cost model. This model can tell how much more employees we need in which teams if we increase the volumes of product X at production site Y. Also, now we know quite detailed how much the energy bill would go up if we were to increase volumes, or how much we would have to increase spending on protective clothing.

I presented the findings for my two main projects to my manager, my manager’s manager and even one level higher up. Just saying: the expectations of a Global Finance Graduate are high, which also means you get exposed to a lot of responsibility.

I hope this gave you an insight into what I am doing at Novo Nordisk. If you want to know more, we are hosting a dinner on Thursday the 26th of January where you can learn about the Global Finance Graduate Programme. Read more here and remember to apply before January 15th! If you have any questions, please comment below!

Best regards,

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What makes Novo Nordisk different?

Category: Business Processes Global & European Market Access Global Marketing Uncategorized | (0) comments

Similar to the thoughts that were running through my head when first considering a career in pharma, I’m sure a number of you have wondered: “Could I work for a pharmaceutical company? What about the controversy in the news? Is it really ‘big bad’ pharma?” While hot topics like drug pricing have become an easy target in healthcare systems with deeper systemic issues, controversy in the pharmaceutical industry certainly is present.

However, when taking a deeper look at the major players in the industry, Novo Nordisk stood out to me as a more “human” company – particularly in the way it stresses business ethics and social responsibility. Four months into my first rotation in Global Market Access, I can confirm that this is true and that I am continuously impressed with the contributions Novo Nordisk makes to diabetes care and patient outcomes, globally.

Here are just a few reasons:

  1. Novo Nordisk integrates the Novo Nordisk Way into every aspect of its operations. The ten Essentials of the NN Way outline the core values by which management and employees act in their daily activities, ensuring a commitment to a patient centred business approach, products of the highest quality and ethical business practices – among other things.
  1. Relating to Essential #3, the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is an impressive management system that ensures social, financial and environmental considerations are taken into account in business decisions. The TBL not only ensures long-term business success, but also guarantees that Novo Nordisk is an industry-leader in sustainability. Moreover, NN’s commitment to social responsibility means that we go “beyond the pill” (or pen in our case) to deliver a holistic approach to diabetes care, including programs that raise awareness, improve prevention, promote earlier diagnosis, and expand access to care.
  1. So far, what has impressed me most is Novo Nordisk’s commitment to the World Diabetes Foundation (WDF). The WDF, founded in 2002, aims to address diabetes-related needs of the poorest countries in the world – improving prevention and access to care, as well as advocating for patients and engaging key stakeholders. In one of Lars Rebien Sørensen’s last speeches as Novo Nordisk CEO, he spoke passionately about the work Novo Nordisk does with the WDF: building diabetes treatment centres, improving access to insulin for children with type 1 diabetes, reducing foot amputation rates, et cetera. Hearing of these activities, humbly carried out without significant media coverage, made me proud to work for Novo Nordisk and thankful for choosing the graduate programme.

As a part of the Global Market Access Programme – and similar to what attracted me to Novo Nordisk in the first place – I get to play a major part in improving patient access and outcomes around the world.  Working together with other stakeholders in the healthcare sector to improve diabetes care is not only exciting, but makes for extremely rewarding work.

I hope this post provided a valuable look at the human side of the industry and a deeper understanding of the values held at Novo Nordisk.

Happy New Year!


Laura and I - the first batch of Global Market Access Graduates.

Laura and I – the first batch of Global Market Access Graduates.

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

Category: Global Procurement Uncategorized | (0) comments

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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Global Finance Graduate Programme; fancy name, but what is it all about?!

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Hi everyone,

About a year ago I was facing the exact same, rather important question as many of you: it has been fun studying for the past 5 years, but what’s next? And as you might have suspected, my next turned out to be the Global Finance Graduate Programme in Novo Nordisk. So I want to give you a short introduction on the programme and how I ended up here.

The Global Finance Graduate Programme
Let me start with the programme. The Global Finance Graduate Programme is a 2-year programme in which you will change job every six months. On our webpage is more information, but it essentially boils down to this: if you’re interested in finance, this is a unique opportunity to kick-start your career. The programme is designed such that each of the four job rotations enables you to develop different skills. It is called Global Finance because you get a feel for all markets worldwide. The following is an example of how the programme could be structured, which always includes rotations in different areas across the organisation. By understanding performance drivers globally, managing your own projects, living abroad and getting a wide network within Novo Nordisk, you lay the perfect foundation for future success.

1. One rotation will be dedicated to understanding the drivers of performance within the company. How does the challenging market environment in the U.S. impact the long term outlook? This is at the core of what the finance organisation does within a multinational as Novo Nordisk.
2. Then after six months you change role into your second rotation, which could for instance be in Treasury. How does the risk of a devaluating Venezuelan Bolivar impact Novo Nordisk’s bottom line and should we hedge this risk? This is an example of a specialist rotation, which has less to do with the general performance drivers of the company, but more with a specific issue.
3. Your third rotation will be abroad (outside of Europe), currently with graduates in Panama, Brazil and the U.S. Here you will either work for a smaller sales affiliate, a regional headquarter or at a production site. The roles vary but you will certainly get a great amount of responsibility within the finance organisation and learn a lot about the different working cultures within Novo Nordisk.
4. Lastly, you come back to Denmark for your fourth rotation which could be in our internal consulting department (Novo Nordisk consulting), where you will learn project management skills. Working together with consultants, you will gain the right strategic mind-set that will be beneficial throughout the rest of your career.

A bit about me
I promised above to tell a bit about myself and how I ended up here. My name is Marn, 24 years old  and from Holland. After a bachelor’s in Amsterdam, I decided to come to Copenhagen for my master degree. I enjoyed the city of Copenhagen very much during my studies and realised I wanted to stay here if the right job came along. The main reason for me to apply to Novo Nordisk was the opportunity to figure out what I enjoy working with in different rotations and the truly global outlook of the company. One doubt I had before applying: am I able to add any value if I rotate every six months? With 3.5 months into the job I can definitely say: yes you are! The learning curve is steep, and you get responsibilities from the start.

Next blog I will write a bit more about my current rotation as a project manager in production Finance, to give you an insight in my day-to-day life here at Novo Nordisk. Remember that the application window for the Global Finance Graduate Programme runs from January 20 until February 12.

My graduate colleague Josephine and I will do our best to keep you posted about the Global Finance Programme:) Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.


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Life as a Regulatory Affairs graduate

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Hello and welcome to the Novo Nordisk graduate blog! I’m Mathilde and I joined the Regulatory Affairs (RA) graduate programme on September 1st 2016. So far, working for Novo Nordisk and my new life in Copenhagen has been fantastic, and I look forward to telling you about my experiences, as well as those of my fellow RA grads, in the coming weeks.

Let me tell you a little bit about what enticed me to apply for the program and how my expectations have aligned with my first 3 months here. I admit that when I first applied, I knew very little about what RA was. I had recently completed a Master’s degree in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology in London but was not convinced that I wanted to do a PhD. I am drawn to science at the core, but wanted to find a place where I could use my knowledge of science and work with scientific data without having to work in a lab. I had also never held a position outside of academia so I was naturally curious about what working in a company would entail while also being keenly aware that my business skills and knowledge were slim to non-existent and might require a bit of attention.

I stumbled across Novo Nordisk quite accidentally one day on the internet when looking for job opportunities for graduate students and was interested in this particular position for a number of reasons.

1) I was curious about what RA was. A cursory google search revealed that RA’s role in a pharmaceutical company is that of the middleman between the company and health authorities. This was intriguing to me, as I’d developed an interest in science policy and how countries or governing bodies regulate scientific discoveries and advancements. For those of you who are still unclear about what RA is (as I was), in a nutshell the RA department aims to secure approval of a product by ensuring compliance with health standards and through direct interaction with health authorities. RA is involved at all stages along a drug’s development and life cycle.

2) As a Canadian, I was anxious to get out of North America and venture across the pond. One of the great things about this 2 year program is that it is split into 3 different rotations of 8 months each: one in Copenhagen, the second abroad, and the third back in Copenhagen. The rotation abroad could be in Brazil, Japan, US, China, just to name a few. For someone like me who is highly curious about other cultures and loves to travel, this fit the bill.

3) I like to learn and try new things. In each rotation, you are integrated into a different department, with new projects, new people, and new things to learn. This is exciting for anyone who thrives on change, yet it also offers you the opportunity to find out what you like to do and what suits you best. Because RA has responsibilities and provides input throughout the entirety of a product’s lifetime, working in RA means you will be given a whole variety of different tasks which keeps things dynamic and requires flexibility.

With all these aspects of the graduate programme in mind, I couldn’t have anticipated how great the programme would be for facilitating a social network, which was especially important for a foreigner like me who knew practically no one in Copenhagen. There are a lot of people to meet outside your own programme and if you take advantage of it, you can meet a lot of cool people. I can honestly say that after just 3 months, I already have both a rewarding work life and a whole other life outside of Novo Nordisk.

I hope this has given you a nice overview of what the RA graduate programme has to offer. Stay tuned for more information about the application process and more!

Bye for now,


RA 2016 grads on our first day

RA 2016 grads on our first day

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More than a job – the Global Marketing Graduate Programme!

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Hi Everyone!

I want to give you an introduction to the Global Marketing Programme: what does the program look like? What could the first rotation look like? What happens outside of work?


(That’s some of us on a training a couple of weeks ago)

The Global Marketing Graduate Programme

As you can read on the programme page, the global marketing programme is a two-year programme consisting of three 8-month rotations. The specific scope of the individual journey depends of course on both personal preferences and Novo Nordisk’s business need, but some parts are the same across the programme:

  1. Intro to the corporate life: the programme starts in a marketing function in HQ in Copenhagen for the first 8 months, e.g. working in a brand team for one of Novo Nordisk’s products or being part of digital marketing
  2. International experience: 8 months in either an affiliate or a regional office somewhere around the globe, e.g. working in a local brand team, supporting an affiliate’s product launch or improving your marketing analytics skills in commercial excellence
  3. Applying your learnings in a real world setting: 8 months in sales! This is what differentiates the Global Marketing programme from other business programmes. This is the bricks-and-mortar of the industry, where you are as close to the market and as close to the patient as it gets. Also, this rotation will be in a third country around the globe, the only requirement being that you are fluent in the local language.

My first 3 months in insulin marketing

I started my first rotation in a department called the “Insulin Marketing Project Office”. I know, you are probably as clueless as I was when I first read the name. What does “project office” mean? What does it have to do with marketing? So… Novo Nordisk’s insulin marketing department is structured in brand teams focusing on the respective brands. In order to facilitate knowledge sharing between the brand teams and to run cross-brand strategic analyses and tasks, they created the “project office”. We are therefore working very closely with the brands on running cross-brand projects, consolidating the budgets and facilitating communication between the brand teams. I could not be happier about being part of this team for my first rotation: it gives me the perfect overview of the different brands, the portfolio and current top priorities. Also, I am excited to work with insulin products for the first rotation, since that’s what they started out with in the very beginning (which is not to say that working with other products is less exciting, there is actually going on a lot of exciting stuff outside of insulin).

When I don’t work…

It would be misleading to only cover job-related topics here. When you sign a graduate contract, there is so much more coming with it than solely the job. Since the other graduates start the exact same day, everyone pretty much goes through the same (or similar) experience in the beginning. You could see us as a small family :-) I’m also living together with one of the other graduates (her name is Francesca and she’s writing amazing posts on this blog as well, make sure to give it a read), and we are spending a lot of time together. Also, she is working in a very different part of the organisation than I am, so that it is super interesting to hear what is going on in her job. Apart from that we are also (trying to) learn Danish right now, which is a lot of fun.

I hope that this sheds some initial light on what the life as a graduate looks like and I am excited to share more of my journey with you during the next few months. If you have a suggestion for future posts: feel free to leave a comment in the section below!

All the best from Copenhagen,


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