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Associate Strategic Sourcing Manager

Novo Nordisk
Clayton, NC
Start date
Feb 14, 2024

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About the Department

At Novo Nordisk, we are helping to improve the quality of life for millions of people worldwide. 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 newer Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) facility in Clayton, NC sits on 825,000 square-feet of state-of-the-art equipment, and houses the Fermentation, Recovery and Purification in the production of ingredients for Novo Nordisk’s innovative oral products.  At API, 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 
  • 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

This position is responsible for supporting utilization of the Novo Nordisk Sourcing Methodology through Strategic Sourcing activities. This position will ensure the acquisition of high-quality goods/services at the best possible prices by preparing and vetting contracts & maintaining relationships with selected suppliers. Will be responsible for ensuring that Novo Nordisk will realize increased investment efficiency of monies spent & ensure fair value & service accountability. Assist in identifying opportunities for operational improvements & seeks agreement through consensus management.





Essential Functions

  • Demonstrates Market, Industry, & Customer Understanding
  • Utilizes knowledge of suppliers relative positioning & market trends & activities to build competitive advantage into purchasing practices
  • Contribute to sourcing strategies depicting the strategic direction short term & long term
  • Work with Key Stakeholders to ensure contractual alignment and elevate any potential discrepancies to the Strategic Sourcing manager for resolution
  • Assist in creating spend analysis & relevant analytical tasks to support & justify sourcing direction & related activity as required
  • Develop & prepare summary reports & presentations as required
  • Seek out, build, & maintain trusting & collaborative relationships & alliances with others inside & outside of the organization to accomplish key business objectives& role model these behaviors to  support others to do the same
  • Assist monitoring organizational compliance with all established supplier agreements
  • Assist the Line of Business &/or Enabling Functions with developing business requirements across a specific category/sub-category
  • Benchmark operational costs to industry standards & provides information & insights to the lines of business
  • Identify, pursue, & maximize opportunities for realizing cost savings without sacrificing the quality, service & reliability expected of our suppliers
  • Ensure consideration of the Total Cost of Ownership when participating in sourcing decisions
  • Ensure efficient utilization of Procurement & Sourcing Systems & Tools while proactively ensuring system compliance
  • Interface with the Novo Nordisk Strategic Sourcing to promote optimal use of procurement systems & ensure US involvement in global sourcing projects & related efforts
  • Follow all safety & environmental requirements in the performance of duties
  • Other accountabilities as assigned


Physical Requirements

Ability to work in an open office environment with the possibility of frequent distraction. Ability to travel up to 10% of the time. (% can change on a case-by-case basis based on the role).



  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business, or related field of study from an accredited university required
  • Minimum of three (3) years progressively responsible experience in Strategic Sourcing &/or purchasing required
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience sourcing &/or managing manufacturing spend categories &/or managing eSourcing events required
  • Experience in Raw Material Sourcing Management or Category Management preferred
  • Experience from the pharmaceutical industry or other regulated industries is a plus
  • Strong Knowledge of Strategic Sourcing Methodologies, Processes & Purchasing practices preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a sourcing project team to develop and implement projects, processes, & programs preferred
  • Proficient with PCs, Microsoft Office Suite, Project Management Tools, Ariba or other eSourcing & contracts management systems preferred
  • Strong Negotiation skills & contracting skills preferred
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills as well as good presentation skills preferred
  • Computer skills including experience with Excel & electronic Material management systems preferred
  • Familiarity with SAP preferred
  • Proven process improvement & problem-solving skills with a willingness to learn LEAN & Flow concepts & skills a plus
  • Ability to develop strategic sourcing advice & sourcing plans based on supply & demand dynamics combined with business requirements a plus
  • Ability to develop & manage action plans to achieve targets required


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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