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Strategic Sourcing Area Specialist

Novo Nordisk
Clayton, NC
Start date
Nov 20, 2023

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Clinical, Clinical Medicine
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we want to make a difference. For more than 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.


The Position

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.



Reports to Senior (Sr.) Manager, Finance & IT API.


Essential Functions

  • 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

    Physical Requirements

    Moves equipment &/or supplies weighing up to 33 pounds within the facility using various body positions. Ability to do close precision work with their hands. Must be able to remain in a stationary position (sitting and standing) 50% of the time. May required corrected vision to 20/25 based on role. May require color vision based on role. Occasionally ascends/descends a ladder. May be required to work at elevated heights. Occasionally works around odorous &/or hazardous materials.



  • BS/BA in business, supply chain or related field required
  • 5 years of experience in planning/purchasing or related field preferred
  • Strong Knowledge of Strategic Sourcing Methodologies, Processes & Purchasing practices preferred
  • Strong Negotiation skills preferred
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills; good presentation skills is a plus
  • Computer skills including experience with Excel & electronic Material management systems preferred
  • Familiarity with SAP preferred
  • Proven process improvement & problem solving skills preferred
  • Willing to learn LEAN & Flow concepts & skills preferred
  • Able to develop & manage action plans to achieve targets mandatory

    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.


    Novo Nordisk is a leading global healthcare company, founded in 1923 and headquartered in Denmark. Our purpose is to drive change to defeat diabetes and other serious chronic diseases such as obesity and rare blood and endocrine disorders. We do so by pioneering scientific breakthroughs, expanding access to our medicines, and working to prevent and ultimately cure disease. Novo Nordisk employs about 54,400 people in 80 countries and markets its products in around 170 countries. For more information visit

    Our US Research & Development hub, located in the Greater Boston area, brings together the best talent to drive life science innovation. Located in Lexington, Watertown and Cambridge, our teams reflect the full scope of R&D, from early research through late-stage clinical development. We are building for the future by creating a distinct R&D community based on collaboration, partnerships, and cutting-edge research across multiple modalities and therapeutic areas. We recognize that improving human health starts here and that patients rely on us. By combining the speed and agility of biotech with the quality, resources, and stability of a large pharmaceutical company, our US R&D hub will benefit from the best of both worlds to develop new medicines that meet the needs of patients.


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