Do you take pride in helping people solve problems? Do you like an active day where you have daily contact to stakeholders, suppliers, and vessels? Do you like working with structure, systems, and data?

If the answer is yes, to the questions above then Procurement at NORDEN is the place for you.

Procurement is looking for a Sourcing Manager for Chemical Procurement who has a two-fold role. There is the daily task of handling requisitions and purchase orders from our global team and coordinating with our suppliers. There is also the strategic task of developing the category with framework agreements, optimising our inventory & lifting patterns, carrying out tenders and sharing market trends with our stakeholders.

Based out of Copenhagen, the Procurement department has existed for almost two years and consists of highly motivated individuals managing spend for the NORDEN. In working with us, you will be able to influence your role, stretch your optimization and structure muscles, drive initiatives on how to best to leverage scale and be part of levelling up chemical procurement to gear for the future. Procurement department is on a maturity journey and you will get the opportunity to both create and see impact.

“I see procurement as a value creator. Our role in the procurement team is to take a holistic view of the business needs and the relationships we want to build, pick up on synergies across the group and leverage them, and to act as a connector between different departments and projects,” says Manisha, Head of Procurement.

With 151 years on the sea Norden knows that its power lies in its people and their empowerment. By joining the Procurement team, you can bring ideas to the table, challenge stakeholders to create new ways of thinking and be a connector across the business. You would be joining a team focused on creating trust, working agilely, and performing to deliver on targets while at the same time supporting each other and having a good laugh.

We are looking for a person with a passion for procurement and experience in purchasing, an interest in impacting Norden’s Procurement maturity journey, in leveraging scale and creating value. The right person should love working with people, comfortable in having daily tasks and enjoy bringing new ideas to the table.

The Job:

You will be responsible for the purchase of cleaning chemicals and equipment on the behalf of NORDEN which entails processing orders from around the globe. There is also the possibility to purchase other direct materials. Your primary stakeholders will be chartering and operators who manage the vessels and it is important that you are available to help them with their requests for purchase of chemicals. Over time, you will gain an overview of the stock onboard & ports, our suppliers and the marketplace and the challenges it represents. You will be covering the globe and working in multiple systems to ensure data flow and invoice management. This position will be placed in Copenhagen, Denmark.

What will you do in this role:

  • Manage the procure-to-pay process for daily orders for chemicals and equipment – from receiving the requisition to ensuring that the invoice is registered and paid.

  • Negotiate contracts and global framework agreements with suppliers focusing on delivering on different strategic initiatives to drive optimization and savings for the business. Ensure that we maintain strong relationships with our strategic partners. Understand the marketplace and ensure that stocks items are available in critical ports

  • Be on top of regulations in the chemicals area, work with Port Captains and the business to set up guidelines and procedures for use onboard vessels.

  • Be a sparring partner for the business by helping them leverage scale, assist on commercial aspects of sourcing, and challenge them on specifications & needs.

  • Collaborate closely with key stakeholders to ensure early involvement, identify, and drive savings through category management & sourcing engagements with a focus on Total Cost of Ownership.

Who are you:

Being a service minded problem solver, a team player with a drive to create results and impact change, and the desire to build a great atmosphere with your colleagues will lead to your success in this role.

Since this role requires a mixture of daily operational purchasing and category management, strategic & analytical acumen, and stakeholder management, you should be comfortable with variety in your day, have strong communication skills and enjoy solving problems. You have an eye for optimization, have a mind set for continuous improvement and are willing to engage with internal & external stakeholders. You will find yourself in a fast-paced environment, trouble shooting, juggling several tasks, challenging suppliers and stakeholders, and driving change to optimise the process. Thus, being a self-motivated, proactive, energetic person with a can-do attitude is a plus.

You should preferably have 2 to 4 years’ experience from purchasing and handling of orders, background from the cleaning chemicals industry is a plus. You can have worked on sourcing projects within procurement and therefore are familiar with tenders and frame agreements. You should be proficient in English, are process oriented and quick to learn systems. Your workplace is dynamic and international.

About Norden:

NORDEN was founded in 1871 and is one of Denmark’s oldest international shipping companies and

operates in dry cargo and product tankers worldwide. The company has over the past years undergone a

significant transition to an asset light model and is today a leader in its field and can state that the primary

currency of global trade is not ships or cargo... It is people. The goal is to enable smarter global trade and continuously develop for the benefit of its stakeholders. Based on a global network of offices and good access to customers, NORDEN generates earnings by combining cargoes with vessels and earning more money on transporting the cargo than what it costs NORDEN to provide the capacity.

NORDEN has 11 offices across 6 continents, with its head office in Hellerup, North of Copenhagen, Denmark. Across these 11 offices it hosts 400 employees of whom have 32 different nationalities, which supports its 600+ customers worldwide.

We will be interviewing applicants on a rolling basis. If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Manisha Mathur at or at +4520984119.