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Associate Category Manager/Outsourcing Manager - Clinical Studies

Requistion ID:  2347

Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, DK

Date:  20-Nov-2021

Associate Category Manager/Outsourcing Manager – Clinical Studies


Lundbeck’s passion links to our purpose about restoring brain health so every person can be their best. We strive to make a real difference to patients. By developing innovative treatments, we improve the lives of people living with brain diseases. Your dedication is crucial. That is why you can expect us to be committed to your progress, so you can stay committed to ours. 


Do you have the right mix of project management skills, pharma and/or clinical study experience and in addition an interest in working with outsourcing and procurement? Do you thrive in a high paced environment managing business critical projects, CROs/vendors, clinical studies, contracting and outsourcing in one exciting mix?

Are you passionate about Pharmaceutical Development, clinical studies and teamwork? If so, we could be searching for you as our next Associate Category Manager (ACM), Clinical Studies.


We offer the right candidate an exciting job opportunity within our R&D Category Cluster team. As an ACM, you work across a range of outsourcing and contracting activities across our clinical studies well supported by the other team members. No two days are the same, yet some of the primary activities our R&D category team embarks on are category and project portfolio execution including alignment with our business, defining outsourcing strategy, building and issuing RFXs, negotiating Work Orders and Change Orders. Our R&D category team likewise manages our strategic clinical vendors and lead improvement projects across the clinical categories, in close alignment with the Lundbeck business.

Corporate Procurement

Corporate Procurement is a global function consisting of +40 ambitious and passionate colleagues located in Copenhagen, Krakow and Chicago. Together we secure a professional and efficient source-to-pay process across the full Lundbeck value chain. We take outset in our strongly integrated Category Management processes and deliver value through our structured approach to planning, project execution as well as stakeholder- and supplier management. We ensure spend transparency, compliance and efficient line of business support through state-of-the-art procurement systems, well defined procedures and most importantly strong cross functional collaboration. We believe in ongoing development of individuals and teams. With a strong mix of experience, Lundbeck insights and diverse competencies across the team we develop each other just as we learn from external innovation and best-practices.


Your job and key responsibilities

Our new Associate Category Manager will join a team of 5 Category Managers, 2 Associate Category Managers and 1 Lead Buyer within the R&D Category Cluster. We work individually as well as in teams where sparring and mutual support are key in the way we interact.


As an Associate Category Manager, responsible for Clinical Studies, you will:

  • Take the responsibility – in close collaboration with the Category Managers in the category team – for the outsourcing activities relating to clinical studies, globally across Lundbeck. 
  • Drive outsourcing projects and processes within Clinical Studies, Phase II-IV, hereunder run RFPs, Bid Defense Meetings and negotiate Work Orders, Change Orders and contracts in close alignment with Lundbeck’s line of business and management – all based on category management methodology.
  • Play a role in the further development of clinical category strategies as well as further implementation of Lundbeck’s Clinical Outsourcing Strategy and ensure long term stakeholder alignment of both.
  • Participate in lifecycle management of the relevant contract portfolio and strategic vendor relations, ensuring continued commercial and legal governance and value generation.
  • Take part in the close collaboration with internal key stakeholders to secure project and strategy alignment
  • Ensure clinical study quality & timelines, compliance, intellectual property, liability and regulatory requirements and overall Lundbeck long term interests across the contract portfolio


We are looking for the following qualifications in our future Associate Category Manager:


  • Project management skills demonstrated through a minimum of 3 years’ experience managing projects either in or related to Clinical Development (for example as clinical study/trial manager or similar).
  • Profound understanding of clinical studies is a key requirement, but we are open to where your experience comes from. This could be from past roles in both pharmaceutical development or more a procurement related role with experience in clinical studies.
  • Business partnering skills, ability to influence and an emphatic mind-set.
  • An interest in building or further building your outsourcing skills (project management, negotiations, legal understanding, data analysis and Category Management).
  • A Master’s Degree from a University or Business School relevant to the position.
  • At least 3 years of experience with Clinical Studies and outsourcing of these.
  • Strong analytical skills, attention to detail and a structured approach.
  • The ability to manage many projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • A keen interest for outsourcing and in continuously developing your skill set.
  • English fluency, verbally and written.


Further Information

Please contact Linda Bengtsen Frederiksen, mobile +45 30834019 for more insights about the job.


Your Application

Please click on link below to apply for the job before January 3rd 2021.

Relevant candidates will be invited for interviews as applications are received.



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. 

Billions of people worldwide live with brain diseases – complex conditions often invisible to others that nonetheless take a tremendous toll on individuals, families and societies. We are committed to fighting stigma and discrimination against people living with brain diseases and advocating for broader social acceptance of people with brain health conditions. Every day, we strive for improved treatment and a better life for people living with brain disease.  

We have approximately 5,600 employees in more than 50 countries, and our products are available in more than 100 countries. Our research programs tackle some of the most complex challenges in neuroscience, and our pipeline is focused on bringing forward transformative treatments for which there are few, if any therapeutic options. We have research facilities in Denmark and the United States, and our production facilities are located in Denmark, France, and Italy. Lundbeck generated revenue of DKK 17.7 billion in 2020 (EUR 2.4 billion; USD 2.7 billion). 

For additional information, we encourage you to visit our corporate site www.lundbeck.com and connect with us on Instagram (h_lundbeck), Twitter at @Lundbeck and via LinkedIn.