Associate Director, R&D Procurement

Madison, NJ, US
May 17 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: SER001552

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.

As part of the Research andDevelopment (R&D) Category team, the Associate Director, Strategic Sourcingleads global strategic sourcing to ensure compliant and cost competitive servicesand supplies for Animal Health Research and Development supporting >$110 Millionannual spend.  The Associate Director plays a leadership role in thedevelopment of global sourcing strategies, category management, supplierrelationship and contract management, risk & compliance management andstakeholder management within this category.

Duties and Responsibilities:People leadership:
  • 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). May lead and be responsible for direct reports.
  • 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 from a strategic sourcing perspective.
  • Market Knowledge and Insight: Uses thorough market knowledge and data analysis to gain critical insights that drive the selection of Sourcing Strategies and continuous improvement activities. 
  • 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 (Requests for Information (RFIs), Requests for Proposal/Quotation (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.
  • 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 negotiation debriefs and follow-through plans.Qualifications

    Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) preferably in Engineering, Science, or Business fields
  • Required Experience and Skills**:
  • At least five (5) years of work experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and execution
  • 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: Services Procurement
    Other Locations: Rahway, NJ, US; Elkhorn, NE, US; DeSoto, KS, US; Millsboro, DE, US; Upper Gwynedd, PA, US
    Employee Status: Regular
    Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
    Number of Openings: 1
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    Company Trade Name: Merck

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