Working at Novo Nordisk
Every 10 seconds, somewhere in the world, two people develop diabetes and one person dies from diabetes-related complications. This makes diabetes one of the leading causes of death across the globe. The disease currently affects more than 366 million people and this number is expected to grow to 520 million by 2030. We are committed to changing diabetes.
Novo Nordisk is the world leader in diabetes care. Founded 89 years ago, we have pioneered many therapeutic breakthroughs in diabetes care. Today, diabetes remains our primary focus, accounting for almost 75% of total sales.
In addition to diabetes, we have a leading position within biopharmaceuticals i.e. the therapeutic areas of haemostasis management, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy.
Make a difference
As an employee at Novo Nordisk you will have the potential to make a difference to both patients and society. Together we improve treatment outcomes for people with diabetes and other chronic diseases. By improving treatment we will not only keep patients healthy and productive, but we also help their families and their communities.
We already employ more than 38,000 employees in 75 countries who strive to make a difference every day. Join us and you will have the opportunity to grow and develop your career with a company with high employee commitment and satisfaction (83,3 on average on a 100-scale in internal satisfaction surveys). And that has been ranked among the best places to work in Denmark, Argentina, France, Poland, South Africa and the US. Read more.
So take the next step towards a life-changing career.
Novo Nordisk is a global company offering worldwide opportunities to employees. From research and development, through to manufacturing, marketing and sales, the skills and backgrounds that our employees bring to work are diverse.
Our comprehensive value chain offers the potential for you to experience areas of the business outside your initial skill set, so developing your career through in-house as well as external training.
Our introduction programme
Our Global Onboarding programme, called GO! aims to help you engage and integrate into our business, our processes, and your new role quickly and effectively. GO! runs for about 6 months, starting from the very moment you receive your contract. It includes online eLearning covering a variety of topics such as our history, vision, values, organisation and therapy areas, to help get your life-changing career off to a flying start.
Individual development plans
At Novo Nordisk we all have an individual development plan (IDP). Your IDP enables you to set both short-term and long-term goals for your career. You will meet with your manager annually to outline or revisit your development plan and to identify your strengths and development needs. You will most likely include a variety of activities in your plan, depending on your goals and your preferred learning style. Examples of activities include: job rotations, on-the-job training, mentoring, coaching, and external/internal training courses.
People Performance Process
Our People Performance Process (3P) sets a global standard for performance management in Novo Nordisk. As an integrated part of the Novo Nordisk Way of Management, it ensures alignment of individual goals with our business goals to drive results and meet customer needs. With clear and measurable goals, everyone knows what is expected of them and it is easier to assess and reward performance and to spot and develop talent.
Talent and Leadership development
At Novo Nordisk, leadership is a high priority. We believe that leadership development is about becoming more aware of others and yourself – both intuitively and intellectually. It is about recognising your strengths and weaknesses and how they show in your interaction with others. Our talent and leadership programmes are designed to help you become more aware of yourself and others through experiential exercises (intuitive awareness) and theories (intellectual awareness).
New Department Managers Programme
If you move into a leadership career and become a department manager, our New Department Managers programme will ease the transition from functional expert to department manager. The aim is to enable you to recognise and acknowledge how you can best fulfil your role as a people manager at Novo Nordisk. You will be working with interpreting and understanding the Novo Nordisk Way and the application of specific methods plus the philosophy behind them. The overall theme is personal leadership and its surrounding topics.
Global Talent Programmes
The purpose of the Global Talent Programmes is to accelerate the development of our people managers and project managers.
The programmes will help clarify your strengths and needs and facilitate your transition to the next leadership challenge.
The talent programmes aim to provide challenging and unique development opportunities intended to promote both personal and career growth through practical and moving experiences.
Besides our Global Talent Programmes we have a range of local talent and leadership programmes that are specifically designed to meet the needs of the line of business.
Our culture and workplace
Our company framework, The Novo Nordisk Way, supports our culture of innovation and responsibility. It ensures the long-term growth and welfare of our company and helps us find the right balance between compassion and competitiveness.
The Novo Nordisk Way includes our vision, our values and our commitment to the Triple Bottom Line principle. This provides a foundation to ensure that we stay on course: That we are focused on innovation. That we stay socially, environmentally and financially sound. And at the same time that our employees experience a positive work environment and conditions.
When you work at Novo Nordisk you come to realise that our company culture is more than words on a piece of paper – we live our values every single day. The values are the foundation for our business decisions. We have an inclusive culture where employees feel empowered and consensus is valued. Our commitment to quality and our focus on maintaining high ethical standards goes hand in hand with living up to our responsibilities to shareholders, patients and society.
Our values are global, but they are also owned and lived at a local level, providing flexibility and fostering diversity in ideas.
We believe that diverse management teams and people with different perspectives are best suited to drive performance and foster innovative thinking. Our ambition is that by 2014, all senior management teams will include employees of both genders and different nationalities. To ensure diversity, greater transparency has been introduced into the succession-planning process. For all key positions, succession planning must consider and include employees of both genders as well as diverse nationalities.
NovoHealth is our worldwide employee health programme. NovoHealth is seeking to develop a workplace culture that promotes and supports healthy living for all employees – an opportunity for Novo Nordisk to practice what we preach! NovoHealth focuses on:
- Providing healthy food and beverages to our employees
- Offers access to regular health checks
- Access and encouragement to take part in physical activities and as well as providing a smoke-free workplace also provides guidance and support to employees who wish to stop smoking.
We believe in the value that is created by people who are engaged in what they do. TakeAction! is our employee engagement programme, inviting our employees to translate the Triple Bottom Line principle into practise. We are privileged to have employees all around the world who demand that we give them opportunities to support people with diabetes and others who rely on our products, to preserve the planet and improve the quality of life for its inhabitants. Read more.
A successful company
At Novo Nordisk we have experienced double-digit sales growth rates every quarter since 2000.
In the insulin market we have maintained our position as the world leader with a market share of more than 50% by volume.
We are a growing company: We recruit approximately 4,000 new colleagues globally every year, and we expect this growth to continue. In 10 years’ time 75% of our employees will be located outside Denmark. Employees are able to develop skills and gain experience outside their own function and therefore follow their career path to new business areas while remaining with Novo Nordisk.
Triple Bottom Line
Novo Nordisk’s values are of great importance to our stakeholders and to our ability to attract employees. We need employees who are ambitious and focused and who want to work for a company that prioritises ethical behaviour and social and environmental responsibility. And combine these with attractive, sustainable financial returns. This is the core of our Triple Bottom Line approach to business. And so we are proud that we can report successes in the areas of environmental and social responsibility, in addition to our strong financial results.
For example our long-term target for reduction of CO2 emissions was achieved at the end of 2009, well ahead of schedule.
As a measure of our progress in expanding access to diabetes care, we also made progress in increasing adoption of our long-established differential pricing policy for insulin sales in least developed countries and our Changing Diabetes® in Children programme was recently expanded to include Bangladesh as its sixth developing country.
So if, like us, you measure success by more than just financial return, Novo Nordisk could be your ideal place to work.