Senior Legal and Compliance Counsel

Category:  Legal, Compliance and Audit

North Sydney, New South Wales, AU


Are you looking for a career where you can use your legal and compliance expertise to play a key role in a successful international healthcare company that makes a difference? If so, then seize the opportunity and become our new Senior Legal and Compliance Counsel in Novo Nordisk Oceania. Start your application for a life-changing career. Apply today and join the team!

About the Department
Novo Nordisk is a global pharmaceutical company with more than 50,000 employees around the world. We have established a strong foothold as the number one in diabetes care, haemophilia, obesity, and growth disorder in the last 20 years.

As part of a globally successful pharmaceutical business, Novo Nordisk Oceania is a high-growth affiliate with an exciting growth trajectory and pipeline in new products and therapy areas in the coming years. We proudly live our purpose of improving the lives of patients within the therapy areas our products treat and put both patients and people firmly in the centre of everything we do.


The Position
As a Senior Legal and Compliance Counsel you will provide expert legal advice, support, and counselling to the business on a broad spectrum of strategic and tactical projects within a highly regulated environment. This role will report to the Director of Legal, Compliance, and Quality Oceania. Your duties will include, but will not be limited to:   

  • Advise the relevant business partners on various commercial and medical initiatives in a way that advances Novo Nordisk’s strategy while addressing legal risks and protecting Novo Nordisk’s integrity and reputation.
  • Provide solutions focussed and pragmatic legal advice on a range of legal issues including contract interpretation, and compliance with law and regulations.
  • Review, draft, manage, negotiate high-volume and wide variety of contracts/agreements to assist the business including but not limited to, services, supply, speaker, and advisory board agreements. Monitor/advise of changes to legislation and regulations.
  • Act as subject matter expert on matters relating to healthcare law and related business operations and stay abreast of evolving legislation and regulations. Provide practical, solution-oriented legal assistance to internal clients. Assist in the development of legal templates, training materials, and relevant portions of the legal department’s intranet site for the purpose of training and upskilling internal clients. Work with outside counsel and manage external vendors as requested.
  • Generate reports, presentations, spreadsheets, memorandums, and any other documents for the Legal and Compliance Department, internal/external clients and/or other senior stakeholders as requested and other duties based on the affiliate priorities and/or Director of Legal, Compliance and Quality.



  • A law degree from a reputable Australian university.
  • With 10+ years of experience, preferably from a mix of law firms and in-house environments gained from within pharmaceutical, biotechnology or devices industries.
  • Experience in counselling pharmaceutical, biotechnology, or device companies on legal and/or compliance issues and drafting, and negotiating various agreements relating to regulatory, market access, scientific exchange, interactions with healthcare professionals, and advertising and promotion.
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical laws and other relevant laws and regulations and the ability to interpret and apply such laws and regulations to inform business policies and activities, is desired. 
  • Must either be an Australian Citizen or have a current residency Visa to live and work in Australia.


Working at Novo Nordisk
We are a proud life-science company, and 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 energise 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.


Upload your CV to our online career page (click on Apply and follow the instructions). 


Until the completion of recruitment. Applications will be screened on an ongoing basis, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


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.