Are you ambitious and enthusiastic about managing grants with a global impact in a large philanthropic foundation? We are looking for a colleague to join our Grant Management Area as a Grant Manager! The position is based in Hellerup, Denmark, and is temporary with an expected duration of 10 months.

The main responsibility as a Grant Manager is to ensure professional handling of the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s grants. Thereby you will play a key role as the backbone of the Foundation’s grant-awarding activities. The Grant Manager works closely with colleagues across the Foundation in developing the Foundation’s granting models and in managing a portfolio of the Foundation’s grants.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s overall vision of improving people’s health and the sustainability of society and the planet. The Novo Nordisk Foundation is one of the largest philanthropic actors in the world, and in 2023 awarded over DKK 9,1bn in grants.

Ensure professional processes and collaboration

Your areas of responsibility will primarily be in the pre-award phase and throughout the active grant period ensuring seamless administrative grant processes.

The Foundation is in a phase of rapid growth and internationalisation. Along with our strong focus on AI and digitalisation that means that this position is an exciting combination of running your own portfolio along with  developing the Grant Manager’s role as a partner within the organisation.

Your areas of responsibility will include:

  • Providing sound grant management advice and engaging proactively in project teams on grant management matters
  • Managing and developing granting frameworks for the Foundation’s large and complex grants
  • Developing and maintaining relationships across the Foundation
  • Managing core elements for the Foundation’s open calls, e.g., committee evaluations
  • Ensuring professional and seamless granting processes
  • Collaboration across the Foundation’s areas and with external stakeholders
  • Participating in the development of internal granting processes by improving efficiency and reducing lead time, e.g., through digitalisation and AI
  • Handling complex administrative tasks within the granting processes

You will be part of the Grant Management Area that consists of three departments and 22 employees in total. We value a dynamic and cross-functional working environment, where engagement and team spirit drive our activities. Working together as a dedicated team is key for us to provide the best service and solutions in everything we do.

Professional and Personal Qualifications
Our ideal candidate has at least five years of experience with managing grants from a foundation, a university, a research institute, or other grant-receiving institution.

Furthermore, we expect that you have:

  • A relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree from a university or business school
  • Administrative flair and relevant experience with grant administration, including managing budgets
  • Project management expertise
  • Conceptualising competencies and an interest in change management
  • Experience of interacting with a broad range of stakeholders, preferably with research or scientific backgrounds
  • Expertise in Office 365 and either some experience or interest in working with AI and digitalisation

As a person, you are motivated by working in a purpose-driven and fast-paced culture and have both the professional and personal commitment to make a positive impact in your work. You are motivated by running your own portfolio and are energised by engaging in both improvements of daily operations as well as more radical changes.

You thrive in a cross disciplinary environment and prefer the team centric way of working, while also being able to drive your own projects and deliverables. In addition, you have great interpersonal skills and a positive can-do attitude. Finally, you are fluent in English, both orally and in writing.

Application and Information
For more information, please contact Senior Grant Lead Charlotte Drusebjerg on email: or People & Organisation Partner, Karolina Tøttrup on email: We encourage you to upload your application as soon as possible and no later than 4 August 2024.

Kindly note that due to summer holidays, there will be a delay in responses.

To apply, please upload your CV, cover letter, and educational transcripts by clicking here. 

About the Novo Nordisk Foundation

The Novo Nordisk Foundation dates back to 1922 and is an independent Danish foundation with corporate interests. Our vision is to contribute significantly to research and development that improves the lives of people and the sustainability of society.

Since 2010, the Foundation has donated more than DKK 30 billion primarily for research at public institutions and hospitals in Denmark and the other Nordic Countries. The Foundation gets its income from ownership of the Novo Group companies and more than 130 other life science companies.

In the coming years, the Foundation will broaden its scope and increase its grants for scientific, humanitarian and social purposes. As a consequence, we are a growing organisation, which means new job openings and exciting opportunities for employees to be a part of forming the future of the Foundation.