Material Planners

Facility:  Supply Chain and Procurement

Clayton, NC, US

About the Department   

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For nearly 100 years, we have led the way in diabetes care. Being part of Novo Nordisk allows our employees to embark on life-changing careers, and the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world. 
In Clayton, NC, we now operate two adjacent pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities that are responsible for fulfilling different steps in our injectable and oral treatment supply chains.  
Our Clayton, NC Diabetes Finished Products (DFP) facility is a 457,000 square foot aseptic "fill and finish" site that is responsible for producing innovative, injectable diabetes and obesity treatments. When you work at DFP, you’ll join a global network of manufacturing professionals focused on several key, final production processes, including sterile formulation, filling, inspection, device assembly and packaging. 
At DFP, our employees are passionate about what they do, knowing their work makes a difference to millions of people who rely on our products every day. After all, producing medicines is a special responsibility. 
Join Team Novo Nordisk and help us make what matters.


Position Purpose

Manage raw material planning & purchasing processes for AP &/or FP manufacturing lines to ensure availability of material for production. Coordinate & optimize the flow of raw materials from ordering through release for production. Maintain purchase planning master data. Plan production orders for component processing (Wash & Sterilization & Autoclaves) as needed.



  • Ability to plan & order materials for all AP & FP manufacturing processes & products
  • Ensure raw materials & critical components for manufacturing are ordered & delivered based on the production schedule
  • Monitor & track deliveries, status, & inventories of materials to ensure the right materials are available at the right time to meet production plans
  • Manage change order activities relating to creation & obsolescence of production materials
  • Update & ensure master data accuracy for materials
  • Manage suppliers to achieve planned outcomes based on business needs
  • Drive improvement in supplier performance
  • Collaborate with stakeholders (including, but not limited to AP, FP, IQC, & QAPS), as warranted, on testing, release of materials, & problem solving
  • Optimize use of materials by monitoring & tracking expiration to minimize scrap
  • Drive improvement & optimization of the flow of incoming materials, including the documentation & prioritization of deliveries
  • Develop material planning standards
  • Handle supplier quality issues, including internal complaints (IC) & non-conformities (NCs)
  • Oversee contract sourcing, management, & negotiation
  • Conduct assignments in compliance with cGMP’s, approved SOP’s, & company policies & procedures, including PSPS requirements
  • Resolve pricing, quality, & delivery issues with suppliers & receipt or order discrepancies
  • Represent Clayton on global & local project teams for changes that affect SC processes
  • Coordinate sourcing activities with StSo in Denmark for assigned materials
  • Develop reporting tools & metrics as needed to monitor the process & provide transparency
  • Communicate supply issues effectively & with urgency with production, quality, & other stakeholders to minimize disruptions


Required Qualifications

BS/BA in Logistics, Business, or related field.


Desired Qualifications

  • MBA preferred
  • 3 or more years of experience in planning /purchasing or related field; or combination of relevant education & experience
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills; good presentation skills
  • Computer skills including experience with Office & electronic material management systems (SAP)
  • Demonstrated vendor negotiation skills
  • Able to develop & manage action plans to achieve targets


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Normal office environment
  • Some travel overseas required; travel to visit vendor sites also required
  • Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation for those unable to be vaccinated. You will be required to upload an image of your COVID-19 vaccine card at the time of hire and/or on your first day of employment


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.