Global Business Graduate: Kick-start your global career!

Category:  General Management and Administration

Bagsværd, Capital Region of Denmark, DK

Important application information! Due to a technical issue please ensure that when you click “Apply now” that you are directed to an application page with a video of the Programme manager. If in doubt simply click here to access the correct application page after reading the job ad.


Looking for a life-changing and rewarding career within global business? Join our 2-year Global Business graduate programme!


The programme has been designed to develop the next generation of key leaders and specialists in our business functions and will give you the opportunity to make a difference to the millions of people who rely on our products.


About the Global Business Graduate Programme
The Global Business graduate programme offers rotational opportunities across Novo Nordisk in areas such as business development, strategic R&D, commercial strategy, digital and IT strategy, supply chain, corporate communication, or public affairs.


You can work with global business projects in Novo Nordisk through a wide range of different and exciting roles and within a number of diverse teams and functions – but no matter what, you will work with people who all share the same commitment to excellence and to drive the continued success of Novo Nordisk. 


Throughout the programme you will gain global experience and invaluable skills, while having a wide range of roles and responsibilities across our functions. You will work with senior managers and build an international network of world-class colleagues, establishing yourself as one of tomorrow’s key people in Novo Nordisk.


The position

During the 2-year programme you will undertake three challenging and exciting rotations of 8-months duration, both in our corporate headquarters in Denmark and in one of our global affiliates. You will gain experience working as a fully-fledged member of the teams and receive leadership and teamwork training and development.


During the first rotation in our headquarters in Denmark, you will experience hands-on learning and a solid introduction to corporate life. On your second rotation, which can be anywhere in the world, you will gain local market insight and high responsibility. Coming back to headquarters on your final rotation, you are now an experienced professional and will be able to contribute to the business and drive your own projects.


About Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is one of the top 10 largest pharma companies by market value, founded in 1923 and headquartered just outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines and working to prevent and ultimately cure the diseases we treat. We employ more than 50,000 people in 80 offices around the world, and market our products in 170 countries. Read more and watch this video to get a feeling about Novo Nordisk as a workplace.



To apply for the Global Business graduate programme, you must have:


  • A recent master’s degree from 2022 or 2023 in a relevant field, for example within strategy, economics, management, international business, IT, digitalisation, or innovation – and above average academic achievements
  • International outlook and experience, for example from studying a full semester abroad, working or volunteering. If Covid-19 restrictions have prevented you from obtaining (additional) international experience, e.g. studying or completing an internship abroad, feel free to still apply and explain what your plans were, how they changed and what relevant experience you have gained instead.
  • Relevant work experience or extracurricular activities obtained next to your studies
  • A passion for working with business processes and strategy, high drive, can-do attitude and an ability to adapt to change
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a professional and personal impact that is reflected in your desire to take the initiative and responsibility for your projects
  •  Professional fluency in English and be globally mobile


If you meet the criteria and are interested in joining the programme, please make sure to submit your application no later than 21 December 2022 GMT+1Click here to apply.



For questions about the Global Business Graduate Programme, please contact one of our current graduates Rabecca Mmbone Musiega, +45 34 48 10 80 or Karina Homdrum, +45 34 48 10 83 or use the chat functionality at the graduate website. The chat is open every Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm GMT+1 and the last three days leading up to the application deadline 21 December 2022.


Important: Prepare this before you apply
Before clicking the apply button please ensure you have prepared your CV, latest transcript and motivational letter in English. We estimate that you will spend around 30 minutes on the application page (after having prepared your attachments). You can apply from any device but as you will be asked to answer several questions on the application page, we recommend applying from a PC instead of a mobile phone.

In the motivational letter, we would like to learn more about your motivation: why do you want to join the pharmaceutical industry, Novo Nordisk and the Graduate Programme; about your expectations: what are your expectations to the Graduate Programme and how will the programme support your career aspirations and lastly we want to learn more about your fit: which personal and professional competences makes you a great fit with the graduate programme.


More information about the Graduate Programme

If you want a general introduction to the Novo Nordisk Graduate Programme including all 15 tracks then click here. For specific information about the Global Business graduate programme click here.




We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.