Senior Sourcing Specialist

Madison, NJ, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: TEC001167

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 API and Drug Product Category team, the Senior Sourcing Specialist supports global strategic sourcing to ensure compliant and cost competitive supply of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for Merck/MSD Animal Health Manufacturing division. Under the guidance of Director, API Category, the Sr. Specialist plays an important role in the development & execution of sourcing strategies and acts as a primary relationship manager within the assigned set of suppliers responsible for overall supplier relationship management.

Duties and Responsibilities:

People leadership

  • Expected to lead sourcing projects and influence peers, as appropriate, in the leadership of projects for example, cross-functional team members on a sourcing project team. 

Sourcing Excellence:

  • Supports development, recommendation and implementation of sourcing strategies and ensures alignment, compliance and delivery of business requirements/needs.
  • As sourcing lead, demonstrates excellence in executing sourcing management process and closely collaborates with Quality, Supply Chain, Technology and Compliance groups during each step of the process.Market Knowledge and Insight: Uses thorough market knowledge and data analysis to gain critical insights that drive the selection of API Sourcing Strategies and continuous improvement activities.
Project Management:

  • Leads 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. Provides commercial support during source change execution phase.
Proactive Cost Management: 
  • Leads development, negotiation, and implementation of cost savings projects and multi-year supply agreements.

Supplier Relationship Management: 
  • Leads supplier relationship management in close collaboration 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).
  • Compliance and Risk Management: Responsible for compliance and risk management with assigned set of external supplier base.
Contract Negotiation and Management:

  • Responsible to create detailed pre-negotiation plans, to lead and participate any prolonged negotiation sessions with suppliers and to conduct post negotiations debriefs and follow through plans.



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

  • Minimum five (5) years of combined work experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations, business operations and finance - within Human health or Animal health industry.
  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with people from many different disciplines.
  • Strategic sourcing experience within pharmaceutical industry (Direct Materials and/or APIs) and familiarity with regulatory requirements (cGMPs).
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, collaboration, negotiation, analytical, and project management skills.

  • Post graduate degree in business (MBA), Finance, Engineering or Technical fields.
  • Experience working with suppliers in North America, Europe and Asia in the pharmaceutical industry.

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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