Product Leader, Value Chain Management Job

West Point, PA, US
March 16 2017
Organization Type
Product Leader, Value Chain Management-SUP001031


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The Product Leader is the architect of the Value Chain design and continuous improvement. This position is responsible for influencing and managing the end-to-end design and execution in alignment with Commercial and Manufacturing Division Strategies. Product scope includes new and in-line products within specific Customer Business Lines (Diversified Brands, Biologics, Primary Care, Women’s Health, Oncology, Immunology, Hospital & Specialty, or Vaccines).

The VCM work is strategic by definition, spanning the entire life cycle of products, stabilizing the ongoing business through appropriate risk management, and designing the supply chain for the future. This is a highly integrative position, and it requires great leadership skills to create the vision that guides and inspires the team and stakeholders. The role also requires great talent management and team building skills as well as exceptional strength in communications.

This position carries the responsibility for product portfolios that can represent several billion dollars of revenue for Manufacturing Division.

Primary activities:

Leads Global end-to-end value chain management in the long term time horizon and the objective of establishing the strategic direction and key areas of focus for assigned products

Identify, prioritize and drive portfolio/network value creation opportunities to maximize brand assets

Identify external trends and orchestrate innovations leading to the creation of enhanced customer value

Develop Product Master Plans which define comprehensive global product strategies, including lifecycle management, for each product in assigned portfolio. Leads prioritization and execution of these strategies

Represents Value Chain Management on strategic cross functional teams (New Product Commercialization (IDST), Regional Business Operations, Network Strategy, Capital Project, and Brand S&OP)

Primary Manufacturing Division partner with Global Human Health brand leadership for assigned products with a focus on broad, strategic, long-term issues along with major event planning and management

Leads site selection teams for new products including drug substance, drug product, and packaging source decisions. Manages launch execution

Leads Value Chain Management Teams (VCMT) composed of cross functional representation from end-to-end functions including Commercial, Manufacturing, Planning, Quality, Technical Operations, Finance, Procurement, Logistics, External Manufacturing, and other related groups as appropriate

Leads supply risk management for assigned products including risk assessments, identification & prioritization of mitigation strategies, development of recommendations and alignment of sponsorship to execute

Engages in Manufacturing Network initiatives by providing brand-specific product and supply chain insights into the planning phase and contributes to strategic decision making

Engages in resolution of global product disruptions where long-term strategic supply chain alternatives need to be established: Develops and implements action plans with appropriate escalation and sponsorship


Typical Minimum Education:

BA/BS Required (Supply Chain Management, Scientific discipline)

Master’s Degree (MBA) Preferred

Typical Minimum Experience/Skills:

Minimum of 10-15 years relevant work experience

Broad cross functional skills and business/management/operations experience, knowledge of the functions that support the business including: Supply Chain, Finance, Regulatory, Quality, Compliance, Manufacturing Operations and Commercial Operations

Strategic thinking and ability to assimilate highly complicated and multi-factored inputs into an integrated strategy that clearly links to business objectives

Demonstrated ability to make timely decisions and influence direction in ambiguous situations

Horizontal and vertical leadership skills that enable maximizing both the individual contributor and cross-functional team accomplishments. Foundational to this is a strong business acumen, assertiveness, ability to persuade and influence decisions along with driving accountability through measured accomplishments

Proactive mindset and ability to look outside the assigned role with an eagerness to identify and engage in opportunities to improve value chains and related business processes within the organization

Cross functional/cross divisional project management with geographically diverse teams driving high impact results and influencing processes along with behaviors

Demonstrated mindset of viewing new experiences as learning opportunities that strengthen leadership capabilities and the ability to guide others.

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Job: Supply Chain Mgmnt Generic

Job Title:Product Leader, Value Chain Management

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Other Locations: NA-United States

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Company Trade Name:Merck