Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing – Animal Health Global Supplier Management, Contract...

Madison, NJ, US
October 09 2017
Organization Type
Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing – Animal Health Global Supplier Management, Contract Manufacturing-TEC001174


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.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

As part of the Contract Manufacturing Category team, the Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing leads global strategic sourcing to ensure compliant and cost competitive Contract Manufacturers for our Merck/MSD Animal Health products. The Associate Director plays a leadership role in the development of global sourcing strategies, category management, contract management, risk management and stakeholder management within this category.

Duties and Responsibilities:

- People leadership- May lead and be responsible for up to four (4) direct reports. Expected to lead and influence peers, as appropriate, in the leadership of projects or other initiatives (for example, cross functional team members on a sourcing project team).

Procurement Leadership:

- Leads development, recommendation/presentation, and implementation leadership of category sourcing strategies and ensures alignment, compliance and delivery of business requirements/needs.

- Collaborates with Supplier Relationship Managers to support their needs form a strategic souricng perspective.

Project Management:

- Leads strategic sourcing projects (using an established sourcing management process) to establish sources of supply via market intelligence gathering and analysis, competitive sourcing events (RFIs, RFP/RFQs), costs analyses, strategic analyses, due diligence/compliance assessments, and contract negotiations.

- Leads cross-functional sourcing teams (key manufacturing support functions) to execute sourcing projects

- Proactive Cost Management: Leads development, negotiation, and implementation of cost savings projects

- Stakeholder Engagement/Management: Leads engagement with the business stakeholders (at same organizational level or one to two levels above and across manufacturing support functions such Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance, Technology, Environmental Health and Safety, Finance, Regulatory Affairs, Legal) across the world in support of strategic sourcing and relationship management.

- 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.



- Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (preferably in Engineering, Science, or Business fields)

- Minimum of 7-10 years Pharmaceutical procurement and business management experience, within manufacturing environment or company.

- Minimum Five (5) years of hands on work experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and execution

- Experience working with Contract Manufacturers in Pharmaceutical or Animal Health

- Experience working with suppliers and customers across the world (“global” experience) in the pharmaceutical industry

- Excellent English speaking and writing skills

- Demonstrated ability to work well with people from many different disciplines.

- Project management experience specifically related to strategic sourcing projects

- High degree of flexibility and adaptability to deal with ambiguous and dynamic situation

- Experience managing multiple simultaneous and complex projects requiring frequent communication, organizing/time management and problem solving skills.

- Excellent interpersonal, communication, collaboration, negotiation, analytical, and project management skills.

- Demonstrated strong leadership, problem solving, and team building skills/experience and sensitivity to diverse cultures

- Ability to work independently with minimal coaching

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: Technical Procurement

Job Title:Assoc. Dir, Procurement

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Madison

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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