Senior Category Manager

Category:  Procurement

Bagsværd, Capital Region of Denmark, DK


Do you know your supplier market? How good are your negotiation skills? Would you like to put your skills to the test and take strategic sourcing to the next level? It is no secret Novo Nordisk is experiencing phenomenal growth. High product demand is expected to continue well into the future, as we continue to introduce new products to the market. This is your moment to consider making a life changing career move – join us on our exciting journey into a bright future.  

Our professional team of Category Managers are working hard to ensure we have a strong and robust supplier framework, in what is a rapidly changing landscape. As we continue to expand, so too does our supplier needs and this is where we need your help. Over the next 6 months we will have a range of opportunities in the following area:

  • Commercial contract negotiation
  • Analytics
  • Procurement strategy
  • Supplier outsourcing (CMO) & management
  • Establishing new supply chains
  • Filling & Packaging
  • Warehousing & Distribution
  • Acquisitions

Due to the challenging nature and high impact of this position we would welcome expressions of interest from experienced professionals with a solid background in Category Management.      


Expressing your interest: what does that mean? 

If you would like to join us, you can register your interest by submitting your application to this position. This will ensure you don’t  miss out a great opportunity. Our Talent Acquisition team will review your application on a continuous basis and contact you about positions that align to your specific skills or experience. If you are interested in progressing we will arrange for you to meet with a representative from our leadership team.  


About Strategic Sourcing

Strategic Sourcing (Global Strategic Outsourcing & Devices (GSOD) and Strategic Sourcing Inbound Materials & Services (SSIMS)) is the central commercial sourcing unit in Novo Nordisk’s Product Supply division, and we are responsible for ensuring we have suppliers in place to support Novo Nordisk’s worldwide pharmaceutical production. Through collaboration and negotiations with international supplier networks, we guarantee availability of products and services required to deliver our end products. Ultimately helping millions of people around the world to live with chronic diseases. In Strategic Sourcing, we invest significant resources in developing our employees through coaching and empowerment, and value your contributions.


Category Manager / Senior Category Manager

Our Category Managers have a high level of autonomy and are responsible for suppliers aligned to their category of expertise. With a solid understanding of the market, they act as a business partner, driving the commercial agenda and providing sourcing insights to key internal stakeholders. One of the key areas where you will have a high impact is on identifying and executing sourcing initiatives, to ensure your category is prepared for significant growth. We will also give you full ownership of category management including - supplier relations, budget, risk mitigation and price/contract negotiations. For us good supplier relationships are critical to ensure the right balance between risk management and protecting our supplier network. Working as part of a wider team you will have a wide range of experienced colleagues to spar with and effectively navigate whatever challenges you might encounter.

You will be working with suppliers internationally and hence you should expect 10-20 days of travel activities per year.



If you have the following skills, we would like to hear from you: 

  • Academic degree in engineering, supply chain, business, or other relevant areas.
  • Previous experience in procurement, strategic sourcing or category management, contract negotiation, budget management
  • Contract Manufacturing experience – selling or sourcing
  • Fluent in English both written and spoken.
  • Previous experience working in a regulated industry if preferable (pharmaceutical, medical devices, food, aerospace, or retail). 

Categories include - GMP Raw Material; Primary and Printed Packaging Material; Distribution; Warehousing; Energy; GMP services; Injection pen systems; Connectivity modules; Pen Needles; Outsourcing of drug substance materials (API), production outsourcing of filling/assembly/packaging; Raw Materials & Bioprocessing.

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.