Associate Specialist, Indirect Procurement Analyst Job

Whitehouse Station, NJ, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: TEC001162

& 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.

This Associate Specialist role is considered to be an entry-level professional role in procurement.  Professional experience is helpful, but not required.
Strategic Supplier Management is a rigorous, data-driven methodology which relies upon high quality market intelligence for suppliers (and associated performance), supply markets, and supply chains, and strategic analysis and reporting of internal business requirements, supplier performance, spend and savings data. This role will support several facets of the Global Supplier Management Group, specifically Procurement (both category, and site) and Supplier Development & Performance Management.  The successful candidate: prepares and conducts market intelligence gathering and strategic analysis; pre-negotiation planning; RFIs, RFP/Qs, and e-auctions; quotation analysis and cost modeling; and financial solvency analysis, risk assessments, FCPA verification, and other compliance / due diligence assessments; supplier performance monitoring and problem resolution; budget planning process support and ongoing spend, savings, and compliance metrics reporting.
The area you would support would be one of the following:
Marketing, Travel and Meetings Procurement
Logistics Procurement
Technology Procurement
Corporate Services and Fleet Procurement
General Responsibilities:
Responsible for supporting strategic and operating objectives for the procurement function, ensuring maximization of the capabilities to execute procurement strategies and solutions, established supply lines to support budget and growth plans.
Responsible for supporting and executing operating objectives for the procurement function, with key activities including, but not limited to:  services sourcing, supply risk management, supplier performance improvement, cost reduction, supplier diversity development, working capital improvement, and supplier relationship management.
Implement procurement efforts and execute tactical procurement processes. Serve as a resource regarding processes, procedures and systems for procurement function.
Support 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 GSMG in the communication and resolution of purchasing systems issues; negotiate successful resolution to problems or concerns; educate customers about process and technology of supplier management functions.  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.
Additional responsibilities are as follows:

  • Supplier and Supply Market Analysis – To conduct rigorous market intelligence and detailed supplier and supply market analyses, to provide deep and meaningful insight to Sourcing teams.

  • Cost Modeling / Cost reduction – To construct detailed cost models/purchase price analysis of goods and services that are supplied to Merck. At times, this will require supplier visits to create a complete understanding of the cost structure of suppliers and develop cost reduction opportunities.

  • Supplier Performance Management – supplier performance monitoring, root cause investigation, issue management, risk assessment and mitigation

  • Strategic Analysis – To conduct up to six types of project analysis which transforms the information gathered from 1) and 2) above into insightful, well-structured breakthrough options and opportunities. Examples include Portfolio Analysis, Supplier Referencing, and Day One Sourcing.

  • Financial Analysis & Reporting – To prepare analysis and reporting of category spend, savings, compliance, and other metrics data on a monthly basis. To support the annual budget / profit planning process for the category at the global level. To maintain financial reporting and management systems (including SAP) with up-to-date data on an ongoing basis.

  • Negotiation Planning – To create detailed pre-negotiation plans, to lead and participate any prolonged negotiation sessions with suppliers and to conduct post negotiation debriefs and follow through plans. 

  • Sourcing – To create and execute RFIs, RFPs, and eAuctions, together with subsequent structured information analysis wherever possible using electronic procurement processes.

  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation – To conduct effective risk assessment (including Financial Solvency Analysis, compliance with FCPA, Business Partner Code of Conduct, etc.) and establish appropriate risk mitigation plans within the supply-base pursuant to Merck Manufacturing Division's risk management framework. 

  • Category Team Membership – To be an active member of one or more category teams using the techniques and content created in above as input in the creation of breakthrough strategies delivering cost reduction targets.

  • Sharing of Learning’s – The incumbent will be expected to generate work of a world class quality and share and transfer this to colleagues throughout GSMG.
  • Qualifications


    • BS in business degree such as Finance, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management

    • Prior pharmaceutical industry experience or any fortune 500 company experience helpful but not required

    • Strong personal character and ethics.

    • Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with all levels

    • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills including ability to make clear and concise presentations

    • Technical – MS Office – Excel, Power Point, Word.

    • Excellent Academic Achievement, Analytical Ability

    • Good team player and ability to work independently with passion to solve problems and a drive for results

    • Quick learner and motivated to cultivate technical, business and commercial skills by applying their knowledge within Merck’s environment

    • High degree of flexibility and adaptability to deal with ambiguous and dynamic situations

    • Demonstrated ability to work well with people from many different discipline.

    • U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of U.S.

    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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