Director, Legal, Ethics, Compliance & Quality

Category:  Legal, Compliance & Audit

Budapest, Central Hungary, HU


At Novo Nordisk, our purpose is to drive change to defeat serious chronic diseases, built upon our heritage in diabetes. For over 100 years we have been driving change to defeat diabetes, but we know that what got us here today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future.


Do you have the right drive, a sharp mind, collaborative mindset, experience and partnering with the business in navigating complexity and finding compliant solutions? Do you perform best where change is daily and the unexpected is routine? If so, join us in our exciting journey in healthcare innovation as our new our new Director of Legal, Ethics, Compliance & Quality (LECQ) for Novo Nordisk Hungary affiliate.


The position

As the LECQ Director Hungary, you will play a critically important role in managing legal and compliance risks and drive a strong Business Ethics mind-set among all leaders and employees. You will be responsible for leading the development and implementation of Legal, Ethics, Compliance & Quality department and its strategies, ensuring strict adherence to regulatory standards, and driving a culture of quality excellence throughout the organization.


Your responsibilities will also include:


  • Identifying legal trends and other developments in the legal environment and share them with the respective functions in Affiliates and the Business Area Legal & Compliance Team
  • Provide fast, effective, high quality and business-oriented legal support and advice in Affiliate key projects, litigation matters, disputes, and arbitrations.
  • Setting direction on legal and compliance matters in line with the global strategies and be a trusted and solution oriented sparring partner to the affiliate and other internal and external stakeholders.
  • Acting as a motivated and highly engaged member of the Hungarian Leadership Team, role modelling the Novo Nordisk Way.
  • Develop and implement quality policies, procedures, and systems to meet regulatory requirements and industry best practices.



As a Director of Legal & Compliance, you should hold degree from law school with experience in similar position within a multinational organization, preferably in the pharmaceutical industry. You are fluent in English and Hungarian (both speaking and writing), and you have strong business partnering and communication skills.


To be effective in this role, it is mandatory to have:


  • In-depth experience with Business Ethics and Compliance in pharmaceutical or medical device industry (including codes of conduct, FCPA and Anti-bribery Act)
  • Proven ability to effectively lead through the matrix and complexity.
  • Genuine interest and curiosity to understand the business and where LECQ can optimally support the company’s agenda.
  • Solid business judgment and ability to effectively interact with senior management and external partners.
  • Approachable personality and understanding of ‘the Affiliate life’/daily operations.


About the department

Our mission is to ensure compliance with the essential 10 of our NN WAY "We never compromise on quality and business ethics". For this purpose, we provide legal support to all departments, ensure that the company acts in an ethical manner and make sure that our products reach patients in the best possible condition.


In this role, you will report directly to the General Manager of Hungarian Affiliate, be member in the Hungarian Leadership Team, and will have one direct report.


Working at Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is its people. We know that life is anything but linear, and balancing what is important at different stages of our career is never easy. That’s why we make room for diverse life situations, always putting people first. We value our employees for the unique skills they bring to the table, and we work continuously to bring out the best in them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 55,000 employees. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.



To submit your application, please upload your CV and motivational letter online (click on Apply and follow the instructions). Internal candidates are kindly requested to inform their line Manager before applying.


Apply before 4th December 2023

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.