Category Lead

Novo Nordisk US

Novo Nordisk US

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Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark
Posted on Saturday, February 10, 2024

Are you motivated by the opportunity to drive a global category strategy within a rapidly growing company as Novo Nordisk? Would you like to join a world-class procurement organization with a strong focus on driving real impact, digitalization, and sustainability? Do you thrive in engaging with stakeholders and unlocking new business opportunities?

If yes, then join our Laboratory Sourcing team in Corporate Procurement at Novo Nordisk as a Category Lead. Apply today for a life-changing career!

The position

As the Category Lead, you will work in the Laboratory Sourcing team in Corporate Procurement and have the responsibility of the global Services & Calibration category for Laboratory Equipment. It is expected from you to build and execute global category strategy and thereby overtime build a deep understanding of the complex and differentiated customer landscape that Corporate Procurement is supporting across the value chain.

Your main tasks as a Category Lead will include:

  • Driving global optimization projects, building and executing on an exciting and aggressive strategy to enable R&D pipeline increase and unlocking new business opportunities
  • Continuously driving and optimizing our Supplier Relationship Management engagement with top strategic suppliers
  • Supporting our R&D organization on the many various innovation projects with key suppliers, and actively and independently driving category coordination across the Global Procurement organisation
  • Engaging a large community of stakeholders, often at senior level, both internally and externally
  • Driving cross functional optimization projects to ensure continued process optimization and simplification

Furthermore, you will be responsible for motivating, coaching, and guiding junior team members to build basic understanding of NN value chain and own area of work.


To thrive in this role, you will have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration, finance, supply chain or similar, and have minimum 7-10 years of working experience within category management, supply chain management or finance.

Other success criteria are:

  • Preferably 1-2 years of international experience
  • Project and change management experience
  • Extensive stakeholder management and negotiation skills
  • Leadership skills (adviser to VPs and CVPs)

On a personal level, you have international mindset, business acumen, values-driven decision-making skills and ability to build relationships and trust, to obtain commitment from both internal and external stakeholders.

Furthermore, it is expected from you to have courage to ‘constructively dissent’ and challenge senior management thinking on cost management and procurement.

About the department

Corporate Procurement is responsible for the indirect spend in Novo Nordisk. The department consists of 120 employees based in Denmark, 140 employees in India, and globally 500 people work in procurement.

We promote a global mindset, dedication to business partnering and high focus on creating rewarding careers, and our work is fact-based, with dedication to collaborative problem solving and taking active leadership for initiatives.

We invest significantly in developing our employees through feedback, formal training and giving challenging responsibility.

Corporate Procurement is anchored in Global Solutions under our CFO.

Working at Novo Nordisk

Novo Nordisk is its people. We know that life is anything but linear, and balancing what is important at different stages of our career is never easy. That’s why we make room for diverse life situations, always putting people first. We value our employees for the unique skills they bring to the table, and we work continuously to bring out the best in them. Working at Novo Nordisk is working toward something bigger than ourselves, and it’s a collective effort. Novo Nordisk relies on the joint potential and collaboration of its more than 40,000 employees. Together, we go further. Together, we’re life changing.


For further information, please contact manager of the Laboratory Sourcing Team, Hans-Henrik Stensaker at +45-30777818.


25 February 2024.

You do not need to attach a cover letter to your application, but please include a few sentences about your motivation to apply in your CV.

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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.

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