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Graduate Corporate Business Development & Strategy

Requistion ID:  1562

Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, DK

Date:  11-Jan-2021


Graduate in Corporate Business Development & Strategy (CBDS)


Are you looking for the next step to kick-start your transition from being a student to becoming a young professional within one of the most dynamic departments in Lundbeck? Then join our Lundbeck Graduate Program 2021.


Lundbeck offers a great workplace that is based on a flat structure, and a collaborative working environment based on respect and equality. We employ dedicated colleagues and encourage continuous development. Together, we create the ideal conditions for you and your job, so we can create better conditions for patients.


As part of your two-year graduate journey at Lundbeck you will be exposed to various parts of the business and encounter many exciting challenges across the company. The learning curve will be steep, and we expect a lot from you, but in return we offer a program that will empower you to grow both on a professional and personal level.


Corporate Business Development & Strategy at a glance

CBDS consists of 15 people, where 12 are located at our Headquarters in Valby, Copenhagen, and three are in the US and Japan. We are organized in two teams; a Search and Assessment team and a Transactions and Alliance management team that work closely together on all projects. We are a highly diverse group of people ranging from PhDs in Human Biology to experts with Financial and Commercial degrees.


In CBDS, we drive all processes when it comes to Business Development: From first scientific interest to Due Diligence and subsequent contract negotiations and signing. Other peers have specific “Execution Departments” sometimes anchored in Finance/Legal, but at Lundbeck, we get to finish what we start, including negotiation and contracting. Deals range from university collaborations to comprehensive partnerships to bigger company acquisitions.


Below is an overview of some of our areas of responsibility:

  • Continuously monitor and assess new inorganic growth opportunities throughout the value chain
  • Secure cross-functional alignment for execution of Business Development strategic objectives
  • Provide strategic input to Executive Management, Board of Directors and other management bodies (e.g. R&D management)
  • Network with pharma, biotech and academic organizations
  • Continue to position Lundbeck as an attractive partner
  • Drive the Business Development process with respect to out-licensing of selected Lundbeck assets
  • Maintain / optimize current partnerships and alliances
  • Drive the portfolio assessment of internal pipeline candidates


Your job and the journey

As a graduate in CBDS you will be introduced to a wide range of tasks touching upon the areas of responsibilities listed above and you will also get a solid understanding of and interactions with a large part of the pharma value chain. You will be exposed to all of our tasks in CBDS, from the initial science-focused search and assessment to the more commercially driven business case development, portfolio assessment and alliance management, where you will play a key role in the projects and the deliverables to Management.


During the two-year journey you will undertake rotations outside CBDS, in relevant departments such as Commercial Operations, either in Valby or the US, Finance, Medical Affairs and R&D – all departments which play an important role in the more than 100 in-organic growth opportunities CBDS assesses each year.


You will develop skills within areas such as scientific assessment, commercial forecasting, business case building, and scoping and structuring PowerPoint presentations. You will learn  stakeholder management, how to get the best out of people providing input to the business cases and how to maneuver in a fun and hectic environment. Furthermore, you will work with people at all levels in the organization – including Executive Management – and build a solid network of world-class colleagues.



During the program you will participate in a wide range of development activities on your own as well as with other graduates - everything designed to guide you through the program, making sure you are on track and able to unfold your potential.




Our preferred graduate has the following qualifications:

  • You have a master’s degree in a relevant field (Science and/or Business) with a maximum of one-year post-academic work experience
  • Above average academic achievements and excellent English language skills
  • You have ambitions and push yourself to achieve results
  • You are eager to learn, contribute and apply knowledge
  • You build partnerships and work collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives
  • You actively seek new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels
  • You adapt your approach and demeanour in real time to match the shifting demands of different situations                  
  • You possess good business understanding and an interest in the pharma industry
  • You are hands-on, but also able to think strategically
  • You have a global mindset and the ability to work in a multi-cultural and at times very hectic environment



Further information

Join our Graduate Virtual Career Fair on January 20th, 2021 on Graduateland. Here you will get a chance to interact with Managers from the relevant areas and hear more about the graduate positions. Read more and sign up for the event on our website here.


For further information about the program and how to apply, please visit our website here, and follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. If you could not find the answer to your question on our website, do not hesitate to send an email to graduate@lundbeck.com.


Your application

Please click on “Apply now” to apply for the position. Applications must be received no later than February 14th, 2021. We are looking forward to receiving your application.


Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best.
Millions of people worldwide live with brain diseases, and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement, and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain diseases – we call this Progress in Mind.
Read more at www.lundbeck.com/global/about-us/progress-in-mind
Our approximately 5,800 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing, and sales. Our pipeline consists of several R&D programs, and our products are available in more than 100 countries. We have research centers in Denmark and the US, and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France, and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 17 billion in 2019 (EUR 2.3 billion; USD 2.6 billion).

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate site www.lundbeck.com, and connect with us on Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.