What if your job was to
grow, not just to work?
Rethink your potential

What if your job was to
grow, not just to work?
Rethink your potential

Novozymes’ global graduate program

Application process

Our graduate positions are announced on an ongoing basis. We recommend you keep yourself updated on new positions by creating a Job Agent.

Upload your CV, cover letter, BSc transcript and MSc transcript in our online recruitment system before application deadline.
Ability test
As a first step, you will be invited to complete an ability test, testing your inductive, deductive and numerical abilities.
We use the ability test in our screening because it is a proven predictor for future performance.
Interviews and case
If you proceed further on, you will be invited to one or more face-to-face interviews in which you will also be asked to complete and perform a case.
As part of the interview process you will also be asked to do a personality assessment
We will be welcoming you into the program in September – ready to kick-off your tailor-made learning journey and your Novozymes career.

Application requirements

We will be looking for skilled and motivated applicants who are ready to join Novozymes from September
2022. Your application should be submitted in English.

Personal skills

  • A desire and passion to work in a world-leading company within biological solutions​
  • A creative growth mindset, who thrives on change and focuses on opportunities rather than challenges ​
  • A results-oriented and self-driven individual who inspires and excites others
  • A team player that takes pride in finding solutions with others​ by having ambitions for not only their own success but for the success of the entire team
  • A proactive mindset with an eagerness to learn, make an impact and volunteer oneself



Professional skills

  • A masters degree with top academic achievements*
  • Maximum two years of additional work experience after university graduation
  • Relevant experience during your studies that demonstrates the ability to learn in new environments
  • Preferably some global experience from exchange semesters, working or volunteering
  • An international mindset and excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in English both orally and in writing

*In some regions, we might accept a bachelor degree. If this is the case, it will appear in the job ad. 

Tips & tricks

At Novozymes, we believe in listening to experts and putting their expertise into practice. To help you, we have asked members from our recruitment team to give you their best tips and tricks in writing a graduate application.

  • Read the job description carefully and familiarize yourself thoroughly with the job you are applying for

  • The CV and cover letter should be simple and concise

  • Prioritize and only include the most important details about yourself and past work experience in your application

  • Emphasize why you specifically want to work in Novozymes and customize your application to the job you are applying for

  • Elaborate on how your educational background can be useful in your work and what competences you can bring to the table 

  • Familiarize yourself with Novozymes values and core business areas


Questions & answers


Do I need a visa and/or a work permit in the county I apply for a graduate position in? 

Yes, if you are not a citizen you will need a visa and/or a work permit to apply as a Graduate. Providing both visa and work permit is your own responsibility. 

How will I get a visa for an international rotation?
As part of the program, we will support you in applying for a visa for your international rotation. 
Is the graduate program paid? 

Yes, you will receive payment for your position. You'll receive information about the salary level if you are offered a position. 

Am I responsible for residence during the program?

Yes, you are responsible for your own residence in the country you apply in. During your international rotation you will get help finding a residence.

Am I guaranteed a position in Novozymes after the program?

We provide our graduates with a two-year contract covering the program. As a Graduate, you will be prepared for an international career in Novozymes and we hope you would like to continue your journey within our organization afterwards.

What is relevant work experience in a biological industry?

We seek diversity in all hiring processes and invite everyone from all kinds of backgrounds and experiences to apply for the program. We do not believe in one size fits all. 

Will I get an opportunity to choose my area of interests and rotations? 

Yes, as a Graduate you have an active role in designing your own tailor-made learning journey. 

How will I be evaluated during the rotations to know if I’m performing in the program? 

You will have an ongoing dialog with your manager with a focus on performance and personal development throughout the program.

How many rotations will be included in the program and what will be my role in each rotation? 

The number and length of rotations depend on your personal learning journey, which you will co-create together with your manager. As minimum you can expect three rotations including one abroad and one outside of your own business area.

When and where can I apply for the program? 

Graduate positions for Denmark and North America will be posted on December 15th and January 3rd respectively. Graduate positions for China will be posted on February 15th. You can find the available positions by clicking on “Join us” in the top banner. 

Can I apply for more than one position? 

Yes, you can apply for more than one position should you find them relevant to your profile. You will need to make an individual application for each position and will go through the recruitment process separately for each position. We kindly ask you to consider what position you are truly motivated by before applying to several. It must be clearly stated in your application what other graduate positions you apply for and your order of priority.

What language am I expected to speak to apply to the program? 

Novozymes’ global graduate program is truly global, for all positions you are, as a minimum, required to be fluent in English both written and verbally. 

What can I do if Covid-19 has prevented me from gaining any international experience? 

If Covid-19 has prevented you from gaining any international experience you should apply anyway and explain in your application what your originally plans where and what prevented you from gaining the experience. 

Can I still apply even though I’m not graduated yet? 

Yes, as long as you have graduated from your studies – okay to be awaiting the official graduation papers – before program launch in September.

Can I still apply if I graduated a year or two ago? 

Yes, you must hold a maximum of two years of post-graduation work experience in order to apply to our program. 

Am I assigned a mentor? 

Yes, you will be assigned to a mentor during our program. 

Did you get answers to your questions?

If not – send an email to [email protected]. You can expect a reply within 10 working days. To be able to reply to your request, please write in English.