Trial Management Graduate: Kick-start your global career! 


Are you a master’s student with an interest in Trial Management & Clinical Development? Turn your degree into a global career at one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies! Be a part of Novo Nordisk’s growth journey and accelerate your own. 


Our global Graduate Programme is designed to bring together change makers with a diversity of perspectives and equip them with the tools needed to accelerate their personal and professional development. The two-year programme allows you to explore the world while developing your career. You will be taken on three rotations around the globe where you will work in a fast-paced environment and grow in ways you never could have imagined. You will be exposed to the entire Novo Nordisk value chain while being challenged to explore your boundaries and reach your full potential. 


About the Trial Management track 
At Novo Nordisk, clinical trials are essential to the development of new and innovative medicines for people living with serious chronic diseases. Trial management, nested within Novo Nordisk’s Clinical Operations department, plays a vital role in our ambitious drug development program. We plan and execute clinical trials to produce the high-quality data and scientific documentation required by health authorities, in order to turn our promising pipeline of exciting new medicines into marketable products. As a Trial Management Graduate, you will be a part of a team driving operational deliverables crucial to the successful execution of clinical trials. You will be involved in planning, executing and overseeing clinical trials, experience a variety of cross-functional collaboration, work with stakeholder management and have assignments in different phases of a clinical trial. You will also enjoy the privilege of being part of a graduate network, which will allow you to broaden your learnings even further, while building your opportunities and relationships across the company. Throughout your learning journey in the graduate programme, you will receive formal training and gain knowledge and invaluable international experience. Managers and mentors, as well as a huge, global network of current and former graduates, are ready to guide and support you along the way. 


The position 

During the two-year programme you will undertake three challenging and exciting eight-months rotations. The first rotation is planned to take place within Clinical Operations at our corporate headquarter in Denmark, where you will be thoroughly onboarded and develop in the role as a Trial Manager. The second rotation will be in one of our global affiliates around the world, where you will get hands on operational experience and get to see trial management from an affiliate perspective and understand the interlink between headquarters and affiliate. The third and final rotation will, like the first rotation, take place in our headquarters in Denmark, in a department within or with strong ties to Clinical Operations. You will work as a fully-fledged member of each team, with responsibilities for one or more projects, in an environment characterised by a vast global network, knowledge sharing and challenging assignments in a dynamic, project-centric organisation. 


After two years in the Novo Nordisk Graduate Programme, you will be offered a permanent position as a Global Trial Manager, with continued focus on your future career development. 


About Novo Nordisk 

Novo Nordisk is the 2nd most valuable pharmaceutical company in the world based on market cap. It was founded in 1923 and is headquartered just outside Copenhagen, Denmark.  


Our purpose is to drive change to defeat serious chronic diseases, built upon our heritage in diabetes. 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 60,000 people in 80 offices around the world, and market our products in 170 countries. We’re on a relentless mission to drive change for millions of people living with chronic diseases, and we need people like you to join us on this mission and take Novo Nordisk into the future. ​  

Read more and watch this video to get a feeling about Novo Nordisk as a workplace.  



The ideal candidate for the Trial Management track will have: 

  • A relevant master’s degree within natural sciences from 2023 or 2024, with above average academic achievements. While not a requirement, those pursing a PhD -or having completed one in 2023- are also welcome to apply, as long as their cumulative work experience does not exceed 1 year. 
  • International experience, for example from studying a full semester abroad, working or volunteering 
  • Relevant work experience or extracurricular activities obtained next to your studies – however, no more than 1 year of full-time work experience between or after completing your studies (when hired) 
  • Global mindset, ability to adapt quickly to change, displaying agility and willingness to explore and innovate 
  • Excellent communication skills, be a team-player, driven and eager to learn 
  • Professional fluency in English and be globally mobile 


If you meet the criteria and are interested in joining the programme, please make sure to submit your application no later than 14 December 2023 GMT+1. 



For questions about the Trial Management track, please contact one of our current graduates Nicolas Asano, +45 34 48 64 94 or Maya Barakat, +45 34 48 11 31.  


Important: Prepare this before you apply  
Before clicking the apply button, please ensure you have prepared your CV, latest academic record and motivational letter in English. 


In the motivational letter we expect to learn more about your motivation for wanting to join Novo Nordisk and the Graduate Programme, as well as your personal and professional competencies. Hence, make sure you include:  


  • What are your expectations of the Graduate Programme and how will the programme support your career aspirations 
  • Share an example with us, describing a successful accomplishment from a team collaboration (max 180 words)  
  • What characteristics do you appreciate in others when working in a team and what three characteristics you think others appreciate about you, and why 
  • Tell us about a time where you have applied innovative thinking to either your studies or work (max 180 words) 


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. 


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 Trial Management track 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.

Application deadline: 14-12-2023 Starting date: 02-09-2024