The Corporate Finance graduate programme
Novo Nordisk’s graduate programme in Corporate Finance is a great opportunity for future finance leaders to join a successful and ambitious international company.
In Novo Nordisk we have three different finance graduate programmes:
In this section you will find details about applying for the Corporate Finance graduate programme. For details on the European Finance or International Operations Finance graduate programmes please click on the appropriate programme name in the left hand menu. The application process for the Corporate Finance and European Finance graduate programmes is combined. You therefore have the possibility to apply for both programmes in the same application. However, the application process for the International Operations Finance programme is conducted by the local affiliate. No matter which you choose you will obtain a wide range of international opportunities within the finance organisation in Novo Nordisk during your journey.
The graduate programme is a great springboard for launching a life-changing career, offering you a unique chance to use your recently-acquired master's degree to make a difference to patients and begin your career in a an ambitious global pharmaceutical company: Novo Nordisk, the world leader in diabetes care.
Structure of the programme
The Corporate Finance graduate programme is a 2-year journey consisting of four 6-month rotations. Three of the programme rotations will take place in our corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark, while one rotation will take place in one of our global affiliates. Each rotation focuses on finance and the related processes.
After successfully completing the programme you will embark on your career at Novo Nordisk with a permanent position - typically in a permanent position in Denmark. However, your broad network and international experience from the programme will enable global career opportunities.
Meet Thomas Flemming Thorsen
Launch your career
Corporate Finance is responsible for determining the overall finance strategy for the organisation and for driving the progress of the entire Corporate Finance portfolio, so ensuring an optimal and balanced risk profile. We focus on driving competitive value creation. This means transforming numbers into more than reporting, controlling and accounting and creating a solid platform upon which to stand and reach even higher than we have historically. Managing assets and funds, ensuring financial compliance, making and challenging decisions, and handling risks proactively are just a few of our activities.
We have more than 400 employees working in Corporate Finance: more than 300 at our corporate headquarters in Denmark and more than 100 at our corporate hub in Bangalore in India. In addition to Corporate Finance we are more than 400 finance employees in Global Finance located at our affiliates around the world. We aim to create a challenging and engaging workplace with global career opportunities by building talent and developing skills, enhancing a business mind-set and supporting a winning culture.
We support the organisation by serving our customers, optimising global processes and communicating effectively with our stakeholders. This includes aligning key business processes across Corporate Finance.
We are keen to contribute to Novo Nordisk’s triple-bottom line philosophy by making a significant difference to patients and society through our passion and innovative products, while also delivering exciting results from a business perspective.
Join us and you could make a difference too!
As a Corporate Finance graduate, you will be an instrumental part in ensuring that the Novo Nordisk Global Finance organisation achieves our vision of being the best finance operation in the global pharmaceutical industry.
You will be part of various dynamic teams, each of which provide Novo Nordisk with a competitive edge and drive shareholder return. The areas of expertise where you will gain invaluable experience include:
- Financial planning, analysis and controlling
- Management reporting & external reporting
- Project management
- Risk management
- Tax & treasury planning
- Assignments in corporate sourcing & shared service centre
Check out the Finance in Novo Nordisk booklet here for and overview of possible rotations
Furthermore, the programme will provide unique insights into the global operation and exposure to key stakeholders and leaders - two influential factors in shaping your future career path.
Scope of the programme
As the overall theme of the Global Finance Strategy is to be business partners with our customers in the Novo Nordisk organisation, it is essential to understand customer needs as well as the underlying business behind the numbers.
Therefore, the Corporate Finance graduate programme includes four rotations of 6-months, with each period enhancing your business understanding and financial skills. As a Corporate Finance graduate you will be based in the Novo Nordisk corporate headquarters in Copenhagen and you will have at least one rotation abroad in a regional or affiliate office. Our most recent graduates have enjoyed rotations in Japan, Belgium, Brazil, Greece, India, China, Turkey and the UK.
In addition to the competency building rotations, your professional and personal development will be further accelerated by prioritised training and dedicated coaching from senior managers. You will work closely with your mentor to plan your rotations and enhance your professional and personal development as much as possible.
The flow and content of your four job rotations are shaped individually to fit both your skills and development opportunities and at the same time to meet our business needs and focus areas. In the Corporate Finance graduate programme there are four rotations of 6-months. Three rotations are in our corporate headquarters in Denmark, based in key functions such as Treasury, Corporate Financial Planning, Finance Projects, Corporate Sourcing, Corporate Tax and Business Development.
The first rotation could be managing our financial plans in Research and Development, production or sales regions.
The second rotation could be in Finance Project (our internal management consultancy), working on offshoring to our Global Service Centre in Bangalore or managing our suppliers in Corporate Procurement.
The third rotation will take place at one of our affiliates located outside Denmark - giving you true international experience in a global organisation. Our recent graduates have worked in Japan, Belgium, Brazil, Greece, India, China, Turkey and the UK.
Your last rotation could be specialist tracks such as Treasury, Corporate Tax, Strategy or marketing.
During the rotations you will have a full position and learn the finance skills relevant to the rotation placement. Additionally, you will spend 30%-80% of the time on key change projects. The rotations are all characterised by a steep learning curve and high expectations will be set for you.
Who you are
To join the Corporate Finance graduate programme you must hold a master's degree in a relevant subject, for example within finance, economics or business administration. You have an outstanding academic record and came top of your class. Only recently graduated, you have no more than 1 year of work experience and you have an excellent command of both spoken and written English.
To be a problem-solver and decision maker in a global organisation, you will also have an international mind-set, plenty of drive, good organisational skills and excellent interpersonal skills. If you’re also an outgoing and solid team player, you might be just the person we think could make a difference at Novo Nordisk.
Joining Novo Nordisk appeals to you, not because of the competitive salary we offer, but because the work we do is so rewarding - as we make a difference to the lives of people with chronic conditions around the world.
Jimi Kehlet Frederiksen
Jimi is Danish and has a master's degree in Management Accounting and Controlling
“I believe that you learn the most by working with the best people in your industry. Exposure to great talent and the possibility to network at all levels of a company are, in my mind, crucial if you want to be a success. The graduate programme gives me all this, and more.”
Feeling proud I first really got to know about Novo Nordisk and its graduate programme by attending a dinner at my university hosted by Novo Nordisk. I remember being impressed with the way employees at the dinner spoke with such evident pride about what they did and who they worked for. At the time, I didn't mind what kind of company I worked for or what business they were in, as long as they offered me career development. But I was intrigued to see people so obviously proud of where they worked.
Now, after joining the graduate programme, I can honestly say I am experiencing the same sense of pride. I sometimes find it hard to explain to people outside the company where this pride comes from. But we actually do live by our company vision and values. We do make a difference to society. I believe it is my job to protect the company by shielding it from financial risks, so enabling us to continue to save lives. And now I 'burn' to work for Novo Nordisk.
Exposure to great talent
In Denmark, Novo Nordisk has a great reputation as being THE place to work. The company therefore attracts the best individuals in finance and these are the people I'm learning from. I personally believe that you only get the chance to network and learn from the most talented people by working for a big company.
In addition, Novo Nordisk's finance department has a relatively flat hierarchy compared with some companies or departments and as part of the graduate programme I get to interact with all levels of employees, right up to the chief financial officer. Such exposure can only help my career development.
As a member of the graduate programme I am given an amazing amount of support and guidance. I have a programme manager for the two-year duration of the programme and a mentor who gives me advice on building relationships with different stakeholders in the company. I have a different manager for each of my rotations and then last, but by no means least; I have my colleagues who are so very knowledgeable. I also take part in a great number of excellent training courses. I feel well and truly taken care of.
I get the feeling that a few of my colleagues are envious (in the nicest possible way!) of us graduates. They get the same opportunities for networking and training, but not in such an intensely short space of time. But my colleagues treat me as an equal, not as a temp or a trainee, even though with the rotations I am usually the new guy, and for that I am grateful.
Check the blog or feel free to ask a question about the Global Finance Programme