International Operations HR Graduate, Brazil: Kick-start your career!

Category:  General Management and Administration

São Paulo, São Paulo, BR

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Looking for a life-changing career within Human Resources? Then look no further! The 2-year International Operations HR Graduate Programme in Brazil is designed to develop the next generation of HR leaders and give you the opportunity to make a difference to the millions of people who rely on our products.


About the International Operations HR Graduate Programme

Novo Nordisk International Operations encompasses markets in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and Latin America. Employees working within HR in Novo Nordisk have a wide range of roles and responsibilities – but all share the same commitment to excellence and to drive continued success of the organisation.


During the programme you will work with senior managers within our HR functions and build an international network of world-class colleagues, establishing yourself as one of tomorrow’s key people at Novo Nordisk.


We’ve designed the International Operations HR Graduate Programme, so that, following its successful completion, you will be equipped with the necessary skills and experiences to become a valued and integral part of our company in your home country. 


The position

During the 2-year programme you will undertake three challenging and exciting rotations of 8-months duration, starting in your home country Brazil, in our LATAM Regional Office, followed by two further international rotations which could include one of our HR Centres of Excellence based in our Headquarter in Denmark, our International Operations Strategic Head Office in Zurich, or one of our many global affiliates. You will partner closely with your internal stakeholders and gain hands-on experience with business challenges and risks that pharmaceutical companies face in the marketplace.

The rotations are shaped to suit your development needs, while meeting our business requirements and to ensure you build the required competences needed to become a future HR leader in Novo Nordisk.


Please note: This specific Graduate Programme is targeted at candidates from Brazil, or those who would like to start their careers in Brazil within the field of human resources. We have many other Graduate Programmes, which are open to applicants from anywhere in the world.


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 International Operation HR Graduate Programme in Brazil, you must have:

  • A citizenship from Brazil
  • A recent Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, for example within HR management, business administration or international business. If applying with a Bachelor’s degree, we expect you to have 1-2 years of relevant work experience at the time of application. If you have a Master’s degree, then you should have a maximum of 1 year of work experience.
  • Above average academic achievements
  • International experience, for example from studying a full semester abroad, working or volunteering (max. 3 years work experience in total). 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
  • International mind-set and ability to adapt quickly to change
  • Team-player attitude, excellent communication skills, high drive, and an eagerness to learn
  • Globally mobile and professional fluency in English


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 Graduate Programme, please use the chat functionality at the graduate website

The chat is open every Thursday from 8 am to 8 pm CET 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 International Operations HR 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.