Associate Director, SD&PM Supplier Development Job

West Point, PA, US
June 19 2017
Organization Type
Associate Director, SD&PM Supplier Development-SUP001112


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 legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

The Supplier Development & Performance Management (SD&PM) Supplier Development Associate Director (P4), Engineering will work closely with the SD&PM Team (S&P Systems, Field Specialists, etc.) and a be a key technical interface with Merck Manufacturing Division (MMD) Direct Material Suppliers and MMD sites on pro-active activities.

This interaction with MMD Direct Material Suppliers includes, but is not limited to, performing HyperCare activities at the Supplier manufacturing site to ensure a flawless launch, executing baseline Supplier Technical Capability Assessments (TCA), Up-Skilling Suppliers, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), and leading Specification Alignment activities. In addition, the SD&PM Supplier Development Associate Director, Engineering, will interface with GSTC and Lines of Business (LOB’s).

The SD&PM Supplier Development Associate Director, Engineering will be regionally based (e.g. Americas, EMEA, and A/P) and be instrumental in the following areas for MMD Suppliers in their region.

- Leading the execution of the Supplier Capability Assessment to determine if gaps exist in 11 critical Supplier categories (e.g. Mold Asset Management, Material Flow, Sub Supplier Management, Change Control, Visual Management, 5 Why’s, etc.) and then Up-Skilling the Supplier, both new and existing Suppliers, to close those gaps.

- Performing HyperCare Activities (e.g. walk the lines at the Supplier Manufacturing Site and confirm in-process controls are in place, ensure that current Merck specifications / drawings are being used at Supplier, verify the release equipment in Supplier lab is the same as Supplier qualification and equivalent to Merck Lab, analyze Supplier release test results for Normality, X-Bar Chart, Histogram, Control Limits, etc.) during Supplier launch quantities.

- Partnering with Global Procurement to identify “high-risk” Items / Suppliers and then mitigating that risk (e.g. HyperCare, Supplier Capability Assessment, etc.) for MMD sites.

- Performing a Gap Analysis between specifications, methods, equipment, etc. at MMD Suppliers vs. MMD plants and then mitigate those gaps (e.g. Gage R&R, etc.) to pro-actively reduce future deviations, supply issues, etc. due to misalignment.

- Partner with other SD&PM personnel (e.g. Systems, Quality, etc.) and other members of GSMG to manage MMD Suppliers.

- Lead / Execute the APQP initiative on new items from Direct Material Suppliers throughout the region.


Education Minimum Requirement:

- Minimum BS in engineering, materials science, or equivalent scientific field

Required Experience and Skills:

- Minimum of 7 years technical experience in these areas:

- Demonstrated technical skills in the areas of chemical, pharmaceutical and vaccine manufacturing and packaging and/or high volume manufacturing.

- Demonstrated leadership skills including professional/interpersonal communication skills

- Ability to development and maintain commercial relationships external to Merck is key and work in a matrix organization to leverage expertise from other functions/departments within Merck.

- Demonstrated skills in the execution of APQP (PPAP, FMEA, MSA, etc.).

- Travel will be associated with this position on as-needed basis and is estimated at ~ 25% of the time.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

- Six Sigma certified Green Belt or Black Belt

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Job: Supplier Dev & Perf Mgmt

Job Title:Assoc. Dir, Supplier Dev & Perf

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Other Locations: NA-US-NJ-Whitehouse Station West, NA-US-VA-Elkton, NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth, NA-US-NC-Durham, NA-US-NC-Wilson

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Company Trade Name:Merck

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