Open Innovation Analyst

Category:  Information Technology & Telecom

Shanghai, Shanghai, CN


Want to play a key role in driving adoption of emerging digital technologies and open innovation in Novo Nordisk? Want to work in the definition of the building blocks of external collaborations with startups and other unconventional partnerships in digital healthcare in China? We are looking for a profile able to understand different technologies and markets in China and to connect the different startup offering to the needs of our internal units. We are in search for flexibility and creativity to link opportunities and support driving the maturation of ideas to become successful pilots.

Do you have what it takes to support the digital innovation agenda and help establish a Digital Innovation Hub in China?


About the department

The Digital Innovation Hubs are a global initiative with a strong anchoring in the Hub regions. The Digital Innovation Hub in China is a joint effort of Global IT, International Operations and Region China, and is led by the Business Innovation Garage, based in Denmark, with a strong link with Digital Data and IT and the Digital Health Hub in China.

The Business Innovation Garage is high growth unit in Novo Nordisk. The team itself is a part of Digital Incubator & Innovation area. The team is exploring several areas but with a strong focus on accelerating the digital transformation of NN by supporting the organization in boosting partnerships with startups in digital healthcare across several regions.

Core focus is to remain forward-looking and showcase strong adaptability. Furthermore, the team is and must be working in a highly agile manner and be able to shift its focus based on rapidly changing opportunities and threats within emerging technologies. Consequentially, you should expect the team structure to be dynamic as well.


About the job

As an Open Innovation Analyst you will be joining a team that is continuously scouting and identifying ideas and new solutions from external sources; screen, evaluate and select ideas for future development in line with industry needs at a global scale. You will be expected to identify new start-ups working on the digital space, define how to collaborate with those companies and work closely with the Novo Nordisk business units to generate impact in our business with digital.

You should also be comfortable organizing information, gathering learnings and sharing those learnings among the organization. Also expect to have to represent the Digital Innovation Hub in startup events and technology conferences.


We are looking for a person with passion for discovering and modelling disruptive innovations. You should be able to research and analyse information from several sources and make reasoned recommendations on what opportunities to pursue. Strong analytical, technical and business skills are needed to navigate the landscape of technologies and translate uncertainties into tangible opportunities for Novo Nordisk.

Formally, we expect you to have between 1 and 3 years of experience working in venture capital, a startup or innovation unit in the digital healthcare environment, a relevant Master’s degree in technology with relevant innovation management connection and a track record that includes one or more of the following:

•    Innovation track record with experience in startup scouting and partnerships
•    Experience in organizing information and converting it in actionable results
•    Knowledge and passion for digital trends and technology, specially in digital health
•    Vivid and curious learner, willing to go the extra mile
•    Eagerness to be a part of building something new and challenge traditional methodologies 


You should also be well-articulated, have excellent business English and Chinese skills (oral and written), and be able to communicate with several stakeholders. 


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Join us in combining great science and innovative digital solutions to fight the global diabetes pandemic. We are setting up agile digital innovation communities to radically change the way we work. It is a vibrant environment where you partner with the business to crack complex challenges with innovative digital tools.


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 chronical 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.


Join us accelerate and revolutionize the work of 45.000 colleagues and improve the lives of 27.000.000 patients. Together we will innovate and write history!

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.