Associate Director - Procurement Process & Operations Job

Novo Nordisk US   •  

Plainsboro, NJ

Industry: Professional, Scientific & Technical Services


11 - 15 years

Posted 159 days ago

This job is no longer available.

Date: Jan 7, 2019

Location:Plainsboro, NJ, US

Company: Novo Nordisk

About the Department
At Novo Nordisk, our 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 Inc (NNI’s) short and long-term planning, Finance and Operations works closely with teams 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, 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
Lead the Procurement Processes and Operations unit at Novo Nordisk Inc. Primary function is to, manage and monitor NNI’s procurement, contract management, supplier relationship management, supplier diversity and purchasing operations processes. To promote continuous improvement initiatives that drive efficient and effective procurement operations practices. Be accountable for procurement operations performance. Lead NNI supplier diversity program. Primary contact for NNI’s relationship with offshore Global Capability Center around procure-to-pay and contracting. Responsible for establishment and implementation of a simple and risk-based Purchasing Channel strategy anchored in category strategies and policies. Administration of interfaces with Corporate Procurement to ensure optimal use of procurement, supplier management and contract management systems in support of departmental goals external stakeholders Is responsible for department’s compliance with Internal Control, Quality Assurance, and External reporting, reviews, audits, and interactions with internal and external review agents.

Reports to the Senior Director of Procurement. Represents NNI as a key operations liaison with Corporate Procurement. Represents NNI on Global System Advisory Boards for procurement systems and processes. Maintains a positive and productive working relationship with the Veterans Affairs Contracting Officer and addresses all inquiries originating from Small Business and NNI’s Supplier Diversity program. Develops a deep and collaborative relationship with key stakeholders and senior management within Procurement, Finance, Legal, IT.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborates with leadership team in the development of processes, procedures and plans
  • Provides necessary direction, guidance, and support to Category Managers and Line of Business to ensure attainment of their objectives, while being compliant
  • Represents Procurement on specific task groups as required
  • Promotes a customer-focused attitude toward all stakeholders in and out of the department
  • Represents, promotes and protects the interests of NNI in corporate system advisory boards (Procurement system refresh, Procurement process update, etc.)
  • Ensures the development and delivery of quality training materials and related support tools to utilize procurement systems
  • Facilitates, as required, visits with Group Internal Audit, Quality Audit, and external auditors. Liaises with reviewers to ensure satisfactory results in their reviews and collaborates in the development of follow-up plans and corrective actions
  • Maintain clear and simple Contracting and P2P process descriptions and procurement policies
  • Scopes out engagements develops and negotiates agreements relevant to Procurement Operations and manages suppliers to ensure deliverables are met
  • Ensures the development of summary reports and other data to support Category Managers in the management of supplier performance
  • Makes available and ensures delivery of Supplier Contracts and other documentation required by the Internal Control team to perform their spot vendor audits
  • Facilitates the extension of agreements, as required, in collaboration with Procurement colleagues
  • Always puts the requirements of the business first. Finds a way for the objective to be attained within the constraints of policies, system challenges and any other obstacle that impedes timely delivery for the business
  • Considers compliance, regulatory, quality assurance and other requirements when supporting all Procurement department activities
  • Represents NNI on external ISM Diverse Supplier board. Shares and collects best practices from peer member companies
  • Ensures the optimal utilization of existing procurement systems and tools
  • Seeks out alternative ways to optimize current processes and systems to facilitate use by stakeholders
  • Ensures that department and Diverse supplier pages within website are reviewed and updated as required

Physical Requirements
0-10% overnight travel required.

Development of People


  • A Bachelor’s degreerequired, advanced degreepreferred
  • Requires a minimum of 10 years of related experience with a minimum of 3-5 years previous experience in Procurement/Purchasing, Strategic Sourcing, Finance, or Accounting. 3 or more years of supervisory experiencerequired
  • Pharmaceutical industry experience helpful but not required
  • Ability to positively enforce compliance
  • Demonstrated proficiency in personal computers and all elements of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experienced and knowledgeable of electronic procurement solutions
  • Familiar with and committed to supplier diversity
  • Knowledge of the SAP Finance suite and Ariba or comparable systems’ experiencerequired
  • Must possess excellent analytical, organizational, communication and people skills
  • Must possess the ability to multi-task effectively, complete work in a timely manner and work well with others
  • Possesses good interpersonal skills and is able to relate to all levels within organization
  • Strong knowledge of Procurement methodologies, tools, processes and purchasing practices
  • Training and change management experiencepreferred
  • Well-versed in supplier relationships

Novo Nordisk is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

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.

Requisition ID: 59312BR
State/Provinces: Plainsboro
Job Category: Finance