Senior Category Manager for Corporate Procurement R&D laboratory sourcing

Category:  Supply Chain and Procurement

Bagsværd, Capital Region of Denmark, DK



Do you have a strong passion for sourcing, category management, and business development? Do you thrive in challenging the status quo and building effective relations with stakeholders and suppliers? Then read on, as you may be our next Senior Category Manager, who will contribute to our efforts to turn ideas into better treatments for millions of people living with serious chronic diseases. 


About the department


Corporate Procurement is anchored with a direct report to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Novo Nordisk. In addition, we build strategies and execute improvement projects to optimize the global indirect spend of DKK 40 billion related to, e.g., R&D activities, marketing services, travel, professional advisory services, and IT. 


The R&D and laboratory sourcing department supports the global R&D organization. It is responsible for ensuring products and services supply required to conduct research from a molecule to a product that will help millions of people worldwide. 


We work fact-based and take active leadership for the initiatives we are involved in. We are ambitious, curious, and constantly strive for excellence. We promote a global mindset, collaboration, teamwork, innovation, dedication to business partnering, and a relentless focus on creating rewarding careers for our people. 


The position


As a Senior Category Manager, your main responsibilities will be to:


  • Envision, develop, and execute global category strategies based on supplier market insights, advanced data analytics, internal and external trends, and collaboration with colleagues and stakeholders. 
  • Drive complex sourcing projects – from ideation, scoping, e-sourcing, (e)negotiation, to contract negotiation and implementation.
  • Own customer relations – actively work to secure procurement involvement in sourcing activities, turn Procurement into a trusted partner to the organization by clearly adding value and ensuring business needs are understood and met. 
  • Manage supplier relationship - including supplier segmentation and strategy development and execution of planned activities.
  • Business development - engage with users in the business to develop and quantify ideas for new projects, substitution, or value-adding activities that generate benefits and savings to the organization.
  • Coaching colleagues and taking a proactive role in the continuous development of the department and our team. 



You will be exposed to different organizational areas throughout R&D and beyond, and the job offers frequent interactions and presentations to senior management. 




As you will have to manage large supplier contract negotiations, you must be confident to drive complex negotiations independently. You should be comfortable using data to drive evidence-based decision-making, complete high-quality complex analyses, and draw strong recommendations. In addition, You are self-driven and can create your own projects and deliver results independently. We also expect you to be curious and understand the value chain in a large organisation. Finally, you have excellent presentation skills and can communicate at all levels of the organisation.

Further qualifications:


  • Master's Degree in, e.g. Business Administration, Chemistry, Engineering, Economics, Law, Supply Chain Management or similar with excellent results. 
  • Minimum 6-8 years of relevant experience working with, e.g., procurement project management, sourcing, category management, supply chain, or business development within Procurement in an international organization or a consulting company. 
  • Strategic and innovative mindset and can provide hands-on operational support. 
  • Strong sourcing toolbox, and understanding of Procurement to pay process, and excellent execution skills. 
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills to help drive change management in a diverse customer landscape.



For further information, please reach out to Paulina Laudrup at +45 3075 4535. 


You do not need to attach a cover letter to your application, but please include a few lines about your motivation in your resume or CV. Please assist us in maintaining a fair and inclusive selection process by not attaching a photo to your application.



Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis, and the position is closed once the right candidate is found, so please apply at your earliest convenience.

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.