Senior Legal Counsel

Category:  Legal, Compliance & Audit

Seoul, Seoul, KR


Are you an experienced legal professional looking for a new challenge? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment? We are seeking a Senior Legal Counsel to join our Legal, Compliance, and Quality department at Novo Nordisk. If you are passionate about providing legal advice and ensuring compliance, read on and apply today for a life-changing career.

About the department
Novo Nordisk South Korea is a dynamic affiliate in a high growth phase, with a strong purpose to bring life-changing products to people living with Diabetes, Obesity and other serious chronic diseases. Recently certified in APAC as a Great Place to Work, we pride ourselves on continually striving for the best performance to meet our purpose, and to live the Novo Nordisk Way, which includes an absolute commitment to Business Ethics, Compliance and Quality. This position will report to the Legal & Compliance, Quality (LCQ) Director, who manages 9 direct reports in the LCQ department.


The position

As a Senior Legal Counsel, you will utilize your expertise in legal and compliance regarding Novo Nordisk business and enable business leaders in Korea to achieve growth initiatives while securing the company from major legal, compliance, and reputational risks. 

Your key tasks will include: 

  • Reviewing and negotiating contracts, ensuring adherence to the Contract Management Procedure.
  • Providing day-to-day legal and compliance advice to all business activities.
  • Handling and preventing disputes and claims from competitors, customers, and business partners.
  • Managing legal issues from government authorities (e.g., Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOWH), Prosecution investigation) and global alignment with HQ, International Organization (IO) and APAC.
  • Managing issues regarding General Meeting of Shareholders and ensuring legal and compliance training are offered to all employees as well as managing and advising local law firms, including managing the legal costs.



  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as qualified as a lawyer in Korea (with at least business-level proficiency in written and spoken English) or Qualified as a lawyer in an English-speaking jurisdiction (bilingual in English and Korean with a strong knowledge of Korean law) is required.
  • A minimum of 5-9 years of experience in law, with at least 2 years preferred in the pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetics, or life sciences industry.
  • Strong acknowledgement and expertise in regulations and laws, with extensive knowledge of pharmaceutical regulation and business transactions. 
  • In-depth knowledge of Korean commercial, anti-corruption, labor, competition, data privacy, pharmaceutical, and safety laws, as well as pharmaceutical compliance.
  • A team player with strong social and communication skills, eager to interact with and recognize the needs of a diverse group of people spanning a broad range of business teams and executives, including regional and global stakeholders.


Working at Novo Nordisk
At Novo Nordisk, we don’t wait for change. We drive it. We’re a dynamic company in an even more dynamic industry, and we know that what got us to where we are today is not necessarily what will make us successful in the future. We welcome the spirit of experimentation, striving for excellence without fixating on perfection. We never shy away from opportunities to develop, we seize them. From research and development, through to manufacturing, marketing and sales – we’re all working to move the needle on patient care.
Kindly 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.