Strategic Sourcing Area Specialist

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 Injectable Finished Products (IFP) 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 IFP, 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 IFP, 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

Lead & manage the contractor & vendor selection process & maintain list of qualified vendors. Ensure the acquisition of high quality goods/services at the best possible prices by negotiating & monitoring contracts with selected suppliers. Manage continuous improvement initiatives that drive efficient & effective sourcing practices that will realize increased investment efficiency of monies spent & ensure fair value & service accountability.



  • Ensure contract coverage for key services & goods
  • Maintain list of qualified contractors
  • Ensure storage of contracts in the proper systems
  • Monitor & track expiration of contracts
  • Benchmark operational costs to industry standards regarding RFQ process
  • Communicate to Line of Business approved suppliers for key services & goods
  • Conduct spend analysis to support & justify sourcing direction & related activities
  • Develop supplier selection criteria & facilitate Line of Business through sourcing processes
  • Manage & monitor organizational compliance with all established supplier agreements
  • Serve as key sourcing liaison with Corporate Sourcing colleagues & manage the tracking/reporting of key departmental metrics
  • Establish, direct & lead cross-functional teams in various sourcing categories to identify, select, negotiate, establish & source preferred supplier contracts, agreements, leases, supplies & services
  • Identify, pursue, & maximize opportunities for realizing cost saving without sacrificing the quality, service & reliability expected of our suppliers
  • Partner with Line of Business to demonstrate how Purchasing can help support overall business strategies
  • Support the novoDSI Supplier Diversity program & promotes the inclusion of diverse suppliers in all sourcing initiatives
  • Resolve issues relating to receipts of order discrepancies regarding contracts
  • Manage suppliers to achieve planned outcomes based on business needs & drive on-going improvement in supplier performance
  • Represent NNPII on global & local project teams for changes that affect business needs relating to sourcing activities
  • Coordinate sourcing activities with Denmark for assigned commodities
  • Develop reporting tools & metrics as needed to monitor the contract process
  • Develop & maintain internal & external stakeholder relationships
  • Maintain & develop department procedures according to cGMPs
  • Perform other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications

  • BS/BA in business, supply chain or related field
  • Able to develop & manage action plans to achieve targets


Desired Qualifications

  • 5 years of experience in planning/purchasing or related field preferred
  • Strong Knowledge of Strategic Sourcing Methodologies, Processes & Purchasing practices
  • Strong Negotiation skills
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills; good presentation skills
  • Computer skills including experience with Excel & electronic Material management systems
  • Familiarity with SAP
  • Proven process improvement & problem solving skills
  • Willing to learn LEAN & Flow concepts & skills


Physical & Other Requirements

  • Able to work hours necessary to support a 24/7 operation
  • Some overseas travel required
  • Service attitude: Demonstrates a “How can I help you today!” attitude


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.