Join the Product Supply Graduate Programme
Do you have a passion for production and management? Join our graduate programme and become a part of a global leadership pipeline within manufacturing. Use your recently acquired master's degree within engineering, natural sciences, supply chain management or other related fields - and make a difference to patients all around the world! If this appeals to you, continue reading below - and don’t forget to check out the graduate blog
About Product Supply
Product Supply - A diverse team
With more than 10.000 employees in six countries, Product Supply is a large and diverse function within Novo Nordisk. With this broad range of roles come many opportunities to progress, diversify or become a specialist in your own chosen area. Within Product Supply tasks range from production (formulation, filling, assembly, inspection and packaging) to construction of new plants, installation, validation and optimisation of new equipment as well as planning of production and securing of flow through our supply chain.
Striving for Excellence
As the manufacturing part of Novo Nordisk, in Product Supply, we strive for excellence in providing our customers with high quality products in regulatory compliance, with reliable deliveries and at competitive costs.
To be the best we must continue optimizing and make our production processes more stable, while at the same time never compromise the quality of the products. We are constantly challenging ourselves on how we do things, both the fastest, and the smartest way. This requires great people who can work together in winning teams to create, develop and implement ideas around the world.
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A graduate community with positions in five countries
We offer programmes based in Denmark (HQ), China, Brazil, France and the US. All graduates will be part of the Product Supply graduate community, which will gather across locations for training sessions and to exchange experiences
We are looking for candidates who aim for both a local and global career. Our future graduates should strive to add value to the specific site of their programme and to Novo Nordisk.
Two years of three rotations during the programme you will go through three different rotations of 8 months, one of which will be internationally based:
What you will be doing as a graduate
Employee with a special opportunity
As a graduate in Product Supply we will expect you to be able to contribute from day 1 and make a difference to our business. What makes the graduate programme stand out from a normal job is the opportunity for you to, early in your carrier, explore and contribute to different parts of the organisation and gain international experience.
Graduates are known for their broad business understanding and ability to spot synergies and improvement areas across the organisation; competencies that are needed in a future becoming even more globalized.
Being on a fast learning track, you will move to another area three times and get to know new business processes and new people. The change in tasks and work settings require you to be curious, open towards various cultures and ready to get challenged as a graduate in Product Supply.
In each rotation you will work on important projects and tasks. The specific rotation project and area is selected by the Graduate Programme Manager based on a combination of opportunities for individual learning and the current strategic business needs.
Below are some of the rotations which our graduates are currently occupied with in their 1st rotation:
- Astrid Sjögren: I’m working with reducing incidents and problems in one of our insulin factories, Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Denmark. I work mainly by analysing historical data about our problems and organizing workshops with operators and supporting staff to find preventive actions and implement them. Apart from this project I am a part of the managing team in my department and I take part in setting goals and developing strategies for the production.
Click to meet Astrid in the video
- Alexander Hildebrand: I’m working on a standardisation project in the human growth hormone production, Biopharm, Denmark. I analyse data to determine improvement areas in the work processes. Based on the analysis I will act project manager on the implementation of the improvements including development of a competence matrix. Facilitating department workshops and talking to people helps me understand current and future needs for the employees.
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- Pei Yu: I’m building a handover system between different shifts in Diabetes Finished Products, Aseptic Production, China. It’s about optimizing or creating handover forms and a board, following up how shifts perform the handover, communicating with people on how to improve. The challenge is managing change, setting new standards and making sure people follow
- Kristjan Loorits: I’m leading two projects in the Quality Assurance area, Diabetes Finished Products, Denmark. The first project is about analysing whether our procedures on the local level are in accordance with Novo Nordisk's overall procedures. The second project is about increasing the efficiency of updating our local procedures when we have made some changes on the global level, for example due to new regulatory requirements
- John Eve: I am currently working on setting the strategy for how we could improve the way we approach changes on the manufacturing floor. I am getting to work cross-functionally with people who work in production and the support teams as well. I also am working on streamlining the way my department sets its plan of actions and milestones for 2014
- Mette Lindegaard: I’m located at a laboratory department within the insulin factory, Diabetes Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, Denmark. I have been given the responsibility to coordinate laboratory work that needs to be done in order to meet deadlines, securing an on time launch for a new pipeline product. In the project, departments both within R&D and production are involved, giving me a broad understanding of the organisation
Training to support development
As a Product Supply Graduate you will accelerate your skills in driving continuous improvements of business and change management, thereby strengthening your leadership potential. You will benefit from a graduate training plan to support this development including training in LEAN methodologies and leadership competencies together with your global Product Supply Graduate colleagues across sites.
Career perspectives - A steady position afterwards
As a graduate you get a special opportunity to move around in the company over two years: a journey which provides you with a broad business knowledge and a wide professional network. It is also a journey and investment of the company that typically ends up with a permanent position.
A solid foundation
The graduate journey is not necessarily a ticket to a ‘quick’ career jump in the short run; but long term we believe it gives you a very solid foundation for building an exciting career and accelerating your talent.
Read this before applying: Requirements – who we are looking for
In Product Supply we look for candidates with a combination of strong academic results and hands-on experience from different settings such as group work, study related work, volunteer work etc. As you will enter a complex organisation and drive projects together with other people, you will need to rely on both your analytical skills and your interpersonal skills.
To make sure we get a good match between you and the organisation, please read below the general requirements for Product Supply graduates and any country-specific requirements in the job ad.
To join our graduate programme in Product Supply you can identify yourself with:
- A university degree with great results: You are top of your class in Engineering, Natural Sciences, Supply Chain Management or a related field (see country specific job ad for educational requirement in specific programme country)
- Motivation for working in a production setting: You like action and tangible results
- Some work experience (max 1-2 years) gained during or after your studies: You know what it means to be part of a work place hence have gained strong general skills useful in many different settings; examples could be collaboration skills, presentation skills, organizing skills, prioritization skills
- Ready to explore various working areas: You are curious
- Leadership potential: You like taking the initiative and can provide us with specific examples of motivating others, handling complex situations, driving improvements and learning from feedback
- Mobility and willingness to travel
- Fluent in English
If passing the first selection round you must be able to attend a global graduate recruitment centre in Denmark 1-2 April 2014.
Connect with us
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