Manager - Category Management - IT

Facility:  Supply Chain and Procurement

Plainsboro, NJ, US

About the Department                                                                                                                                                 

At Novo Nordisk, our Strategy, Finance, and Operations team works to provide strategic direction to the company, ensuring that everything we do is viable and built to last. Overseeing and safeguarding Novo Nordisk’s short and long-term planning, the Strategy, Finance and Operations team works closely with the business across the organization to develop strategies and business plans, monitor industry trends, and provide operating recommendations. We regulate accounting, uphold workplace safety, manage our supply chain and sampling, support technology, provide commercial insights & analytics, maintain our facilities and assure the integrity and completeness of all business transactions. At Novo Nordisk, you will have the opportunity to build a life-changing career in a global business environment. We encourage our employees to make the most of their talent. And we reward hard work and dedication with the opportunity for continuous learning and personal development. Are you ready to realize your potential?


The Position

This position is responsible for promoting the utilization of Novo Nordisk Inc. (NNI) Procurement Methodology through Category Management and Strategic Sourcing activities. This position will ensure the acquisition of high-quality goods/services at the best possible prices by negotiating and monitoring contracts and relationships with selected suppliers. Will be responsible for ensuring that NNI will realize increased investment efficiency of monies spent and ensure fair value and service accountability. Identified opportunities for operational improvements and seeks agreement through consensus management.



Reports to an Associate Director / Director within the NNI Procurement Team and will interact with all NNI Procurement Professionals, current and prospective NNI suppliers and key NNI stakeholders.


Essential Functions

  • Demonstrates Market, Industry and Customer Understanding:

    • Utilizes knowledge of suppliers relative positioning and market trends and activities to build competitive advantage into purchasing practices

    • Identifies, establishes, designs, and shares best practices

  • Influence Key Stakeholders:

    • Collaborate and dialogue with users on system support and understanding

    • Communicates to Line of Business approved suppliers per category

    • Conducts spend analysis and relevant analytical tasks to support and justify sourcing direction and related activity

    • Develops and prepares summary reports and presentations as required

    • Seeks out, builds and maintains trusting and collaborative relationships and alliances with others inside and outside of the organization in ways that accomplish key business objectives; and helps others do the same

    • Supports the novo DSI Supplier Diversity program and promotes the inclusion of diverse suppliers in all sourcing initiatives

  • Manages Supplier Performance:

    • Acts as a liaison between the line of business, appropriate internal stakeholders, and supplier to ensure business objectives are met

    • Manages and monitors organizational compliance with all established supplier agreements

  • Provides Strategic Procurement Partnership:

    • Assists the Line of Business and/or Enabling Functions with developing business requirements across a specific category/sub-category

    • Benchmarks operational costs to industry standards and provides information and insights to the lines of business

    • Develops supplier selection criteria and facilitates team members through a disciplined strategic sourcing process focused on maximizing total value

    • Dialogues with suppliers to ensure optimal relationship with respect to product selection and delivery performance

    • Establishes, directs, and leads cross-functional teams in various sourcing categories to identify, select, negotiate, establish, and source preferred supplier contracts, agreements, leases, supplies and services

    • Identifies, pursues, and maximizes opportunities for realizing cost savings without sacrificing the quality, service and reliability expected of our suppliers

    • Understands broad organizational perspectives and delivers messages and presentations to various stakeholders to gain consensus for strategic initiatives and ideas, in the face of complexity or disagreement

  • Utilizes and Enhances Procurement and Sourcing Systems and Tools:

    • Follows up on system usage and proactively ensures compliance to system

    • Interfaces with the Novo Nordisk Corporate Procurement to promote optimal use of procurement systems and ensure NNIs involvement in global sourcing projects and related efforts

    • Partners with the Procurement team to establish company-wide procurement systems, tools, processes, policies, and procedures to support and lead to informed, fact-based sourcing decisions


Physical Requirements

10-20% overnight travel required.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 6 years progressively responsible experience in Procurement, IT, Strategic Sourcing, and/or Purchasing required; Advanced Degree preferred.

  • 10+ years of Procurement/ Strategic Sourcing or IT experience will be considered in lieu of Bachelor’s Degree

  • 3 years+ in Sourcing and/or managing non-manufacturing (indirect) spend categories and/or managing eSourcing events desired.

  • IT category management experience preferred

  • Previous consulting experience a plus

  • Pharmaceutical industry experience helpful, but not required

  • Ability to exert influence on the overall objectives and goals of the department

  • Ability to multi-task effectively, complete work in a timely manner and work well with others

  • Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and/or Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM) a plus. Demonstrated analytical, organizational, communication, presentation, relationship management and people skills

  • Demonstrated leadership qualities with the ability to act as project lead in the development and implementation of projects, processes, and programs. Multiple sourcing category/group experience preferred

  • Proficient with PCs, Microsoft Office Suite, Project Management Tools, Ariba or other eSourcing and contracts management systems

  • Self-starter with a proven record of accomplishment of delivering savings/value through strong collaboration with business stakeholders

  • Strong knowledge of Strategic Sourcing Methodologies, Processes and Purchasing practices


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.