Associate Director, Site Manufacturing Procurement Lead Job

West Point, PA, US
June 09 2017
Organization Type
Associate Director, Site Manufacturing Procurement Lead-GOO000166


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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its 125-year legacy. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

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 Associate Director of Procurement – Site Sourcing Lead is responsible for supporting strategic and operating objectives for procurement function for the West Point, PA facility to maximize the capabilities to execute procurement strategies and solutions ensuring that supply lines are fully established to support budget and growth plans. This position is a key link between site stakeholders, customers and the Sourcing Management Groups within Global Procurement providing leadership and direction for specific site procurement activities including the support of business unit operating and strategic plans.

Responsible for executing operating objectives for the procurement function, with key activities including, but not limited to: product sourcing, supply risk management, supplier performance improvement, cost reduction, supplier diversity development, working capital improvement, and supplier relationship management. Implement strategic direction for procurement efforts and execute tactical procurement processes; work with MMD and line of business leadership in the establishment, communication and implementation of business goals and achieve business targets. Serve as a resource regarding processes, procedures and systems for procurement function.

Support/lead selection of suppliers to ensure appropriate savings and service levels. Ensure that all legal contract requirements are met. Manage relationships with external contacts to ensure optimal team performance and to take appropriate actions by implementing contract negotiation, communication with suppliers and/or or modifying procedure to ensure customer satisfaction.

Serve as an operational and technical resource for all procurement in the communication and resolution of purchasing systems issues; negotiate successful resolution to problems or concerns; educate customers about process and technology of procurement function. Work with Global Procurement colleagues to ensure compliance to global standards.

Enforce compliance with all Global Procurement policies and procedures by using a data driven business case approach.

Provide support for the Supplier Diversity & Development Program and engage in goal establishment, action planning and financial/quantitative reporting, as required.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to:

- Leadership - Accountable for development and implementation of robust sourcing strategies that link to core business deliverables while leveraging the marketplace and supplier community. Delivers exemplary results in the right way.

- Procurement Leadership - Provide the leadership, direction, and policy for the function building a high performance engagement model with the line of business, regions, and sites.

- Category scope - Direct responsibility for supplier relationships around the world for locally managed materials, and is point of contact for global relationships with numerous key suppliers, which are complex and difficult to manage.

- Sourcing Management - Utilize/drive sourcing management as a structured process including obtaining sponsorship and creating/leading cross-functional teams. Ensure appropriate sourcing rigor. Compliance to Source Recommendation Committee (SRC), category strategy development, Supplier Performance Management process, and other supply management processes is key.

- Strategy Development/Implementation - Create breakthrough strategies which deliver quick wins and generate legitimate business value. Drive innovation.

- Continuous Improvement - Ensure that every supplier relationship is established with intent of future continuous improvement, and to lead and manage the measurement and review process to ensure delivery of expectations.

- Stakeholder Management - Work in a way that positively engages the support of business colleagues using problem solving, transparency, and proactive communication skills. Build sourcing management pipeline, ensuring stakeholder alignment and compliance to supply management processes.

- Diversity - Actively support diversity, both within Merck as well as expanding relationships and spend with Diverse Suppliers.

- Business requirements/cost management focus - Must have keen insight and understanding of business requirements on a 1/3/5 year horizon, and partners GP and business peers to drive cost reductions. Implement Supplier Value Management with the key suppliers in this category to foster innovation, manage supplier performance, establish appropriate governance model, and ensure continuous improvement.


Education Minimum Requirement:

- B.S. degree required in engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, manufacturing, business administration or related field required. MBA or advanced degree is desirable.

Required Experience and Skills:

- Minimum 5 years of experience in Procurement and/or Supply Chain/Planning function required.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

- Experience in Pharmaceutical industry Procurement is desired.

- Technical – Broad base of procurement category knowledge, experience within vaccine, biologic or sterile product manufacturing or regulated environment preferred.

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: Goods Procurement

Job Title:Assoc. Dir, Procurement

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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