Associate Director, Employee Benefits Procurement

Kenilworth, NJ, US
April 11 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: SER001513

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 Associate Director of Human Resources Services Procurement – Employee Benefits, reporting into Merck’s Director of Human Resources Services Procurement, leads the global employee benefits and wellness categories with opportunities in other HR areas.  The Associate Director will lead the development of procurement strategy, Global Category Management, contract management, risk management, and supplier value management within this category in close partnership with the Compensation and Benefits, HR Operations and Global Procurement organizations around the world. The incumbent will develop and maintain strong relationships with key leaders in Human Resources and other corporate functions.
Primary capabilities include, but are not limited to:1. Business Outcome Orientation - Uses in-depth knowledge of stakeholder needs, future industry trends and standards and proactively provides market intelligence and analysis to identify and tailor Global Procurement activities that positively impact stakeholder decision making and relationships.
2. Category &Technical Expertise - Applies in-depth category specific/technical knowledge to propose recommendations to enhance existing and/or introduce new client service capabilities that incorporate emerging category trends 
3. Supply Market Expertise  - Leverages knowledge of historical and current business trends in the broader market place and their impact on particular product or service category pricing, material availability and supply chain issues to guide and validate sourcing decisions
4. Change Management - Manages change management activities, identifies issues, and makes necessary adjustments to keep the activities on track and on course; Identifies comprehensive group of stakeholders from across the entire business and at appropriate senior levels to drive support for project/initiative;  Builds support for proposed solutions by influencing through others and making the case for change personally relevant
5. End to End Supply Chain - Applies knowledge of the interdependencies within Merck and across the supply chain to execute sourcing, procurement, and Supplier Performance Management Process decisions that drive sustainable competitive advantage for Merck/MSD
6. Negotiation and Contract Management - Sets, leads, and implements negotiations strategies with key suppliers/partners and uses innovative solutions to resolve an issue or impasse, Manages complex analysis and agreements across regional boundaries and across multiple business units to ensure value and reduced risks for Merck/MSD
7. Sourcing Management Process - Leads cross functional teams through the Sourcing Management Process and creates and implements strategy that considers the internal and external impacts of the organization and drives overall value to Merck/MSD
8.  Process Optimization - Drives continuous improvement opportunities for Global Procurement and business stakeholders based on deep knowledge of the interdependencies across the supply chain and business organization; Demonstrates the ability to work with business units to enhance their business strategy through the consideration and appropriate inclusion of externalization as a strategic lever.  

Education Minimum Requirement:  Undergraduate Degree required
Required Experience and Skills**:   7+ years Global Procurement, Employee Benefits, Human Resources, or global business management (consulting, Finance) experience
Preferred Experience and Skills:  2+ years managing employee benefits programs in the Procurement function, HR function or as a service provider / supplier in the US and internationally
Business Acumen / Analysis - Demonstrates skill incorporating financial data and deep industry knowledge to identify and analyze key business opportunities 
Strategic Thinking - Demonstrates active skill in challenging the status quo, offering practical alternatives
Productive Communications - Demonstrates ability to articulate complex thoughts and ideas accurately and clearly, being able to quickly detect and correct instances of miscommunication. 
Demonstrates skill in developing and maintaining networks that span functions and geographical boundaries.
Project Management - Demonstrates the ability to create accountability among project team members to drive on-time delivery of products

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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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
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