Legal & Compliance Counsel

Category:  Legal, Compliance & Audit

Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, MY


Are you a self-motivated professional who has a strong personal integrity and commitment to execute based on ethical standards? Does navigating complex problems excite you? Do you enjoy communicating with colleagues at all levels of organizations?  Would you like to assume a strategic influencing role? If so, then you might be our new Legal & Compliance Counsel for Malaysia based in Malaysia.  Join us and be part of a world-renowned pharmaceutical company that aims to change patients’ lives. Apply now!

About the department
Novo Nordisk is a global pharmaceutical company with more than 55,000 employees around the world. We have established a strong foothold as the market leader in diabetes care, haemophilia and growth disorder in the last 20 years. 
You will join the Malaysia affiliate Legal & Compliance (L&C) department and report directly to the Legal, Compliance & Quality Director. This role is based in Malaysia.


The position
In this role, you will act as the Malaysia Legal and Compliance Counsel working with the Legal, Compliance, and Quality Director to advise the Malaysia affiliate on legal issues concerning its business and also to ensure an effective compliance program and a robust compliance culture across the company which focuses on prevention, detection (monitoring and reporting mechanisms) and response. 
Key accountabilities include:

  • Ensure compliance with Malaysian laws by collaborating with Business Area South-East Asia (BASEA), Asia Pacific (APAC), and International Operation (IO) Legal Teams, while identifying legal trends and sharing insights with relevant Malaysia affiliate functions, and providing high-quality legal support for key projects, disputes, and arbitrations, including coordination with external law firms and effective management of legal documents and contracts.
  • Establish a comprehensive compliance communication program that encompasses healthcare professional interactions, conflicts-of-interest, confidentiality/privacy, fraud, bribery, and appropriate use of company assets within the Malaysia affiliate, including the establishment of compliance committees, assistance during compliance audits, and tracking high-risk areas while implementing corrective action plans.
  • Harmonize Business Ethics (BE) policies and procedures within the Malaysia affiliate, develop BE compliance training material and conduct training sessions across the value chain. Document internal investigation cases and support Data Privacy protection implementation to ensure compliance with local and global data protection requirements.
  • Assist various functions, such as Business Ethics Compliance Office (BECO) and Group Internal Audit (GIA), International Operations (IO), BASEA, and APAC Regional offices by collecting and coordinating internal legal and compliance data from different departments and sources as required.
  • Ensure efficient archiving system and compliance with Data Privacy requirements, while also supporting other functions by collecting and coordinating internal legal and compliance data from various sources.



  • 4 to 5+ years PQE (Post-Qualification Experience) with LLB qualifications from a recognized university, is a qualified advocate & solicitor in Malaysia with solid experience in an in-house role or a reputable law firm. 
  • Basic healthcare experience particularly in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Proficient in adopting technology to deliver solutions.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills with a proven ability to translate compliance issues into simple terms; you have the personality and stature to be able to work effectively with client groups at all levels; ability to speak in Mandarin Chinese and Bahasa Melayu would be an advantage. 


Working at Novo Nordisk
We are a proud life-science company; life is our reason to exist. We’re inspired by life in all its forms and shapes, ups and downs, opportunities, and challenges. For employees at Novo Nordisk, life means many things – from the building blocks of life that form the basis of ground-breaking scientific research to our rich personal lives that motivate and energize us to perform our best at work. Ultimately, life is why we’re all here - to ensure that people can lead a life independent of chronic disease.


Kindly send your CV online (click on Apply and follow the instructions). 


5 Dec 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.