Material Planner

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 NC, we operate three pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities that are responsible for fulfilling different steps in our injectable and oral treatment supply chains.  Our legacy Injectable Finished Products (IFP) facility in Clayton, NC is a 457,000 square foot aseptic "fill and finish" site that is responsible for producing innovative, injectable diabetes and obesity treatments. At IFP, you’ll join a global network of manufacturing professionals who are passionate about what they do.


What we offer you:

  • Leading pay and annual performance bonus for all positions
  • All employees enjoy generous paid time off including 14 paid holidays
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance – effective day one
  • Guaranteed 8% 401K contribution plus individual company match option
  • Family Focused Benefits including 12 weeks paid parental & 6 weeks paid family medical leave
  • Free access to Novo Nordisk-marketed pharmaceutical products
  • Tuition Assistance – reimbursement up to $10,000 annually 
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Employee Referral Awards


At Novo Nordisk, you will find opportunities, resources, and mentorship to help grow and build your career.  Are you ready to realize your potential?  Join Team Novo Nordisk and help us make what matters.

Position Purpose

Manages & controls supply chain activities, policies, & procedures for IFP. Ensures that internal customers have materials required, while continuously improving quality & cost. Maintains knowledge of production schedules & purchases materials in support of those schedules. Functions as primary contact for inventory & purchasing related issues.



  • Forecast, plan, & manage incoming supply chain processes & material requirements in order to meet production plans, optimize inventory levels, & minimize risks
  • Ensure all purchasing processes comply with cGMP requirements & meet corporate guidelines
  • Manage purchasing cycle, including generating requests for quotes & pricing, requisitions, purchase orders, delivery schedules, goods receipt, & final payment
  • Monitor & track deliveries of materials & inventories to ensure the right materials are available at the right time to meet production plans & provide uninterrupted flow of materials & services
  • Manage change notifications from suppliers & manage change order activities related to master data creation & obsoleting of production materials with both internal stakeholders & suppliers
  • Monitor & track expiration of materials to minimize write-offs & ensure sufficient inventory levels are available for production
  • Perform cost, price, & risk analysis for raw materials, consumables & services
  • Manage & resolve pricing, quality, & delivery issues with suppliers.  Drive continuous improvement
  • Identify & screen potential suppliers by researching parts, services, & material availability. Ensure the vendor approval process is optimized & follows corporate requirements
  • Update & ensure master data accuracy for all assigned materials to ensure that all supply chain ERP & reporting systems operate efficiently & accurately
  • Develop reporting tools & scorecard metrics related to vendor performance, inventory, purchasing & other departmental KPIs within the supply chain area
  • Create & maintain department standard operating procedures. Execute change management & deviation investigation as required
  • Participate in & work with corporate Sourcing Operations & Strategic Sourcing for assigned commodities & conduct supplier site visits, change actions, & investigations as required. Evaluate potential suppliers on the basis of capability, performance, delivery, & other key business criteria
  • Collaborate with Quality Control, Quality assurance & Warehouse for timely testing & release of materials
  • Other accountabilities, as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BS/BA in supply chain management, business, or related field
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills & presentation skills; ability to communicate across cultural barriers
  • Familiarity with SAP systems (BW, APO, ECC preferred)
  • Experience with SOP development, change management & deviation investigations within a cGMP environment
  • Ability to plan, coordinate & prioritize activities as well as handle numerous tasks simultaneously


Desired Qualifications

  • Certification through APICS (CSCP or CPIM) or American Purchasing Society (CPP)
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in planning/purchasing/inventory management or supply chain related field
  • Project related experience working on cross-functional teams
  • Proven process improvement & problem-solving skills
  • Material planning in a cGMP manufacturing environment
  • Production planning experience
  • Experience with vendor managed inventories
  • Strong knowledge of LEAN concepts & flow manufacturing & planning skills
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Good negotiation, communication, & collaboration skills
  • Ability to relate to people in a diverse & international environment


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Occasionally moves equipment &/or supplies weighing up to 33 pounds within the facility using various body positions
  • Constantly operates a computer & other office equipment using hands
  • Ability to work in loud noise environments, with hearing protection
  • Ability to travel internationally, as requested (up to 10%)
  • Ability to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction
  • Ability to work the hours necessary to support a 24/7 continuous manufacturing operation
  • Ability to adjust schedule to work with colleagues in other international time zones
  • Ability to move throughout the facility in the performance of duties in proximity to process equipment & areas
  • Ability to work flexible hours as necessary to meet customer & production needs
  • Ability to work in & around an active construction site during project phase


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.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


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.