Legal & Compliance Counsel (CMR)

Category:  Legal, Compliance and Audit

Chiyoda, Tokyo, JP


Job Title:  Legal & Compliance Counsel

Department: Legal & Compliance Department

Location: Tokyo, Japan


The Legal & Compliance department, by utilizing expertise on legal and compliance regarding Novo Nordisk business, enable business leaders in Japan to achieve growth initiatives while protecting the company from major legal, compliance, and reputational risks.


This team has a track record of hiring a lawyer who has never worked in corporate settings and develop the person successfully. As a result we have a vacancy for a successor of a lawyer who was promoted. Novo Nordisk, including this department, has a reputation of good work-life balance with not so much overtime and being able to work remotely when needed, while working globally.


The Position


Business partnering: Enable business leaders of Novo Nordisk Japan to make intelligent risk taking and achieve growth objectives in all aspects of business activities (e.g., R&D, new product launch, marketing, sales, distribution, production, business development, digitalization, human relations, external communications) based on clear-eyed assessments of risk and rewards while protecting the company from major legal, compliance, and reputational risks. Cover one or more LoB (Line of Business) and provide the LoB with various legal and compliance supports including consultation, advising, communication material review, and training. Solve problems and address business challenges by utilizing expertise on laws, regulations and industry codes regarding the business (e.g., contract, tort, intellectual property, corporate, fair competition, data protection, digital, pharma regulation, labor and employment, anti-bribery, product safety, complaint handling, litigation and other dispute resolution). These tasks often involve coordination with local and global stakeholders.


Contracting: Advising on, drafting, reviewing, and approving, and negotiating on various types of contracts (e.g., clinical trial, post market study, investigator sponsored study, joint research, wholesaler and distribution, employment, procurement, alliance) to enable business leaders to achieve growth initiatives while protecting the company from major legal, compliance, and reputational risks.


Compliance investigation: Lead and conduct investigations on compliance related allegations or concerns including (i) interviewing, (ii) investigation memo drafting, (iii) case reporting through Compliance Hotline system and (iv) informing and managing global stakeholders


Process implementation and ownership: Plan, lead, and execute the implementation of the requirements of local regulations and Novo Nordisk’s global policy regarding personal data protection through coordination with local and global stakeholders.


Process optimization: Identify opportunities for optimizing existing processes and policies, and plan, lead, and execute optimization projects (digitization, automation, and simplification) to achieve more simplicity and agility for both Legal & Compliance team and business leaders while maintaining required level of control.


Nurturing compliance culture: Live the value of “open & honest” and “do the right thing,” nurture such mindset among all employees, and create such an environment



  • Bachelor’s degree required; Law degree preferred
  • Lawyer qualification required; Japan lawyer qualification preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience at a law firm and/or legal division in a company required; experience at a law firm and/or healthcare industry preferred. 
  • Legal mind (logical thinking, rule-based approach, interpretation, application)
  • Clear & logical communication (written & verbal) including reporting, presentation, and documentation skill to integrate facts, data, and evidence into one message that enables business leaders to take action or make informed decision in an efficient manner
  • Proficiency in Japanese and English (written & verbal)
  • Project management skill
  • Passion for integrity
  • Passion for learning and personal development
  • Curiosity in healthcare industry
  • Self-starter; proactive mindset and behaviour
  • Knowledge on healthcare regulation / industry code preferred



At Novo Nordisk we recognise 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 the communities we operate in.




We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants. We are happy to discuss flexible working, depending on the role and subject to business needs.














Millions rely on us

To work for Novo Nordisk you will need the skills, dedication and ambition to change lives for the better for millions of patients living with diabetes and other chronic diseases. In exchange, we offer the chance to be part of a truly global workplace, where passion and engagement are met with opportunities for professional and personal development.