Associate Category Manager Procurement

Deerfield, IL, United States
Jun 17, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Do you want to join a team where the mission is meaningful, the challenges are complex, and you can directly see the results of your hard work? At Lundbeck, we are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best. Inspired and driven by our purpose, we are the only global biopharmaceutical company focused solely on brain diseases. We have a robust and innovative pipeline, bringing forward transformative therapies to address unmet needs in neurology and psychiatry. Join us on our journey of growth!


The Associate Category Manager, Procurement will lead and support strategic Procurement processes, actions and systems by utilizing sourcing and project management best practices. The Associate Category Manager, Procurement is overall responsible for the execution of sourcing, contracting, and category management activities, leading to demonstrable value creation, risk mitigation, and stakeholder satisfaction.

  • Utilizes defined Category Management processes and proactively applies Sourcing strategies for certain spend categories, primarily within corporate services spend.
  • Takes strategic Direction from Category Lead(s).
  • Manages sub-categories specific to the region.
  • Acts as business partner to local/regional Line of Business (LOB) and provides Sourcing insights, recommendations and guidance.
  • Defines and executes regional sub-category strategies and executes global category strategy in close alignment with the Category Lead(s).
  • Constructively challenges LOB in order to identify new value and process optimization opportunities.
  • Identifies and drives multiple sourcing projects simultaneously.
  • Carries end-to-end responsibility for the (e-)RFx (RFP, RFQ, RFI) processes in coordination with LOB.
  • Participates in category planning and stakeholder management to identify current and upcoming Sourcing needs and compare to specific market conditions.
  • Participates on cross-functional teams as part of continuous improvement as needed.

  • Accredited Bachelor's Degree
  • 3+ years' work experience in sourcing, including experience working with suppliers through life cycle management (from contracts, process, negotiations, and renegotiations)
  • Skilled in strategic Sourcing concepts; e.g. theoretical insight combined with experience in strategic sourcing and Category Management; Spend Analysis; Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) negotiation and contracting processes and methodologies
  • Experience with Procurement tools, including Source to Pay, spend analytics, and contract authoring
  • Proven skillset as a strong collaborator and business partner
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels, internally and externally
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Bachelor's Degree in Accounting, Finance, or Economics
  • Proficiency with Ariba Source to Pay
  • Experience in sourcing for corporate support functions spend areas, including HR, Finance, IT, Legal, and Consulting
  • Sourcing/procurement experience as part of a Pharmaceutical or Life Sciences company, working both strategically and operationally with vendors/suppliers.
  • Sourcing/procurement experience as part of a team with global responsibility


• Willingness/Ability to travel up to 10% domestically. International travel may be required.

Why Lundbeck

Lundbeck is unique from other biopharmaceutical companies in that we are 70 percent owned by a research-focused foundation. We have a deep heritage of discovery and have brought breakthrough therapies to millions of people across the globe. And we're just getting started! Our success is driven by our great people and inclusive culture, which is guided by our beliefs of being Patient-Driven, Courageous, Ambitious, Passionate & Responsible. Are you ready to make an impact, one patient at a time?

Lundbeck offers a robust and comprehensive benefits package to help employees live well and protect their health, family, and everyday life. Information regarding our benefit offering can be found on the U.S. career site .

Lundbeck is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to disabled veterans and other individuals with disabilities during our employment application process. If, because of a disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please visit the U.S. career site .

Lundbeck is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law, rule, or regulation. Lundbeck participates in E-Verify .

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Lundbeck is a global pharmaceutical company specialized in brain diseases. For more than 70 years, we have been at the forefront of neuroscience research. We are tirelessly dedicated to restoring brain health, so every person can be their best.

Millions of people worldwide live with brain diseases, and far too many suffer due to inadequate treatment, discrimination, a reduced number of working days, early retirement, and other unnecessary consequences. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain diseases - we call this Progress in Mind.


Our approximately 5,800 employees in more than 50 countries are engaged in the entire value chain throughout research, development, production, marketing, and sales. Our pipeline consists of several R&D programs, and our products are available in more than 100 countries. We have research centers in Denmark and the US, and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France, and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 17 billion in 2019 (EUR 2.3 billion; USD 2.6 billion).

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate site, and connect with us on Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.