Legal Counsel

Alphen aan den Rijn – Zuid-Holland, Nederland, Netherlands
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18 May 2024


Are you passionate about law and eager to optimize and improve the way of working within a global organisation? Do you want to be a part of a local and dedicated team responsible for legal, ethics, compliance and quality (LECQ) within such organisation? Are you open to learn and gain experience, with the opportunity to grow as a legal professional?

If yes, then we have the perfect opportunity for you! Novo Nordisk is hiring a Legal Counsel for its affiliate in The Netherlands. In this role you will have the opportunity to join a dynamic work environment, collaborate with experienced colleagues and further develop your skills.

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic person who can help us to further develop and grow the legal function within the Dutch LECQ department.

The Position

As Legal Counsel you will support with all legal aspects of Novo Nordisk’s business in The Netherlands. You will deal with all kinds of issues and provide risk assessments. You will be empowered to independently handle cases and to look for the best possible solutions.

The successful candidate, will be a true business partner, helping out with all legal (practical and administrative) matters and effectively ensuring conformity/compliance.

Your main responsibilities will be:

-Offer hands-on and practical legal assistance in Dutch pharmaceutical law related matters.
-Assist with matters related to corporate structure and corporate governance.
-Evaluate and sign off on contracts, drafted by colleagues of the Purchasing department.
-Delivering training and guidance to the Contract Management Specialist and Contract Owners.
-Localize and implement global contract templates.
-Clarify legal terminology and specifications for colleagues in the Netherlands.
-Provide legal support to local Data Privacy Responsible(s) when required.
-Engage actively in expert groups, Global Legal Townhalls, and IO Best Practice Sharing sessions.
-Take charge of legal aspects concerning the Local Product Protection Forum to combat ‘Pharma crime’
-Serve as the local Security Champion, by performing and documenting Risk Assessments, and reporting and handling security related Incidents
-Being the primary contact for the Human Risk platform.


To be successful in this role, we expect you to have the following qualifications:

-You hold a Master/Bachelor of Law degree from University.
-You possess significant legal work experience, ideally within the pharmaceutical or life sciences sectors.
-You are fluent in Dutch and English, both verbally and in writing.
-You are keen in understanding and improving the digital work methodologies.
-Good communication skills, proactive mind-set and a strong can-do attitude.

About the Department

Novo Nordisk (Netherland affiliate) is based in Alphen aan den Rijn.

The LECQ department consists of a Senior Director LECQ, Compliance Manager, Quality  Manager, Quality Officer and Quality and Compliance Officer.

Within the LECQ department, we share a passion for solving issues and safekeeping of our organisation, in order to provide the best possible solutions to patients. We abide by the law and help others to understand the reasons and need to comply. We aim for reducing the administrative burden on our colleagues, providing them with hands-on assistance, simple (and digital) solutions, tools and trainings.

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 embrace 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.


Please submit your application via the Novo Nordisk website. We do not accept directly sent CVs.


Apply before 31 May 2024

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.


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