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Manager - Category Management

Novo Nordisk
Plainsboro, NJ
Start date
Jun 17, 2024

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Administration, Procurement
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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About the Department 

The Finance, Insights and Enterprise Solutions department brings insights and intelligence to inform decision making & drives digitalization and business solutions to attain NNI goals. Finance, Insights & Enterprise Solutions works closely across the organization to guide enterprise-wide resource allocations, investment choices, drive core operations and develop insights to drive growth and operational excellence across the value chain while innovating for future capabilities. Our focus on innovation ensures we're constantly building future capabilities. We're responsible for regulating accounting, upholding workplace safety, managing our supply chain and sampling, supporting technological and data innovation, insights and analytics, delivering patient support solutions, maintaining our facilities and assuring the integrity and completeness of all business transactions. At Novo Nordisk, you will have the opportunity to build a life-changing career in a global business environment. We encourage our employees to make the most of their talent, and we reward hard work and dedication with opportunities for continuous learning and personal development. Are you ready to maximize your potential with us?


The Position

This position is responsible for promoting the utilization of the Novo Nordisk Inc., (NNI) Procurement Methodology through Category Management and Strategic Sourcing activities. This position will ensure the acquisition of high-quality goods/services at the best possible prices by negotiating and monitoring contracts and relationships with selected suppliers. Will be responsible for ensuring that NNI will realize increased investment efficiency of monies spent and ensure fair value and service accountability. Identifies opportunities for operational improvements and seeks agreement through consensus management.



Reports to an Associate Director / Director within the NNI Procurement Team and will interact with all NNI Procurement Professionals, current and prospective NNI suppliers and key NNI stakeholders.


Essential Functions

  • Demonstrates market, industry and customer understanding:
  • Utilizes knowledge of suppliers relative positioning and market trends and activities to build competitive advantage into purchasing practices
  • Identifies, establishes, designs and shares best practices
  • Influences key stakeholders:
  • Collaborate and dialogue with users on system support and understanding
  • Communicates to Line of Business approved suppliers per category.
  • Conducts spend analysis and relevant analytical tasks to support and justify sourcing direction and related activity
  • Develops and prepares summary reports and presentations as required
  • Seeks out, builds and maintains trusting and collaborative relationships and alliances with others inside and outside of the organization in ways that accomplish key business objectives; and helps others do the same
  • Supports the Novo Nordisk Supplier Diversity program and promotes the inclusion of diverse suppliers in all sourcing initiatives
    • Manages supplier performance:
    • Acts as a liaison between the line of business, appropriate internal stakeholders and supplier to ensure business objectives are met
    • Manages and monitors organizational compliance with all established supplier agreements
  • Provides strategic procurement partnership:
  • Assists the Line of Business and/or Enabling Functions with developing business requirements across a specific category/sub-category
  • Benchmarks operational costs to industry standards and provides information and insights to the lines of business
  • Develops supplier selection criteria and facilitate team members through a disciplined strategic sourcing process focused on maximizing total value
  • Dialogues with suppliers to ensure optimal relationship with respect to product selection and delivery performance
  • Establishes, directs and leads cross-functional teams in various sourcing categories to identify, select, negotiate, establish and source preferred supplier contracts, agreements, leases, supplies and services
  • Identifies, pursues and maximizes opportunities for realizing cost savings without sacrificing the quality, service and reliability expected of our suppliers
  • Understands broad organizational perspectives and delivers messages and presentation to various stakeholders to gain consensus for strategic initiatives and ideas, in the face of complexity or disagreement
    • Utilizes and enhances procurement and sourcing systems and tools:
    • Follows up on system usage and proactively ensures compliance to system
    • Interfaces with the Novo Nordisk Corporate Procurement to promote optimal use of procurement systems and ensure NNIs involvement in global sourcing projects and related efforts
    • Partners with the Procurement team to establish company-wide procurement systems, tools, processes, policies and procedures to support and lead to informed, fact based sourcing decisions


    Physical Requirements

    10-20% overnight travel required.



    • A minimum of 6 years of progressively responsible experience in Procurement, Strategic Sourcing and/or Purchasing, including at least 3 years experience sourcing and/or managing indirect spend categories, and/or managing eSourcing events
    • A Bachelor's degree required; Relevant experience may be substituted for degree, when appropriate;  advanced degree preferred.
    • Multiple diverse sourcing category/group experience preferred, especially in one or more of the following:  Marketing, Market Research, Data & Analytics, Logistics & Distribution, Patient Support Solutions, Clinical Operations
    • Pharmaceutical industry experience helpful, but not required
    • Ability to exert influence on the overall objectives and goals of the department
    • Ability to multi-task effectively, complete work in a timely manner and work well with others
    • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, communication, presentation, relationship management and people skills
    • Demonstrated leadership qualities with the ability to act as project lead in the development and implementation of projects, processes and programs. Multiple sourcing category/group experience preferred
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, market intelligence tools, Coupa or other eSourcing and contracts management systems
    • Self-starter with a proven track record of delivering savings/value through strong collaboration with business stakeholders
    • Strong knowledge of Strategic Sourcing Methodologies, Processes and Purchasing practices


    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.


    Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


    If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


    Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 54,400 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. For more information visit

    Our US Research & Development hub, located in the Greater Boston area, brings together the best talent to drive life science innovation. Located in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge, our teams reflect the full scope of R&D, from early research through late-stage clinical development. We are building for the future by creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. By combining the speed and agility of biotech with the quality, resources, and stability of a large pharmaceutical company, our US R&D hub will benefit from the best of both worlds to develop new medicines that meet the needs of patients.


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