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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director, Project Management




West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.

Position Description:

Under the direction of the Network Strategy & Execution Director, the Associate Director is responsible for assessing, leading and managing the successful "end to end"(E2E) project management of major and complex supply chain changes by driving cross-divisional and cross-functional teams to ensure delivery of the targeted goals and timelines.

The Associate Director will effectively and efficiently achieve project objectives and defined business requirements through exceptional project management. The incumbent will lead cross-functional teams for projects that may include establishing new sources of supply for registered materials or managing a portfolio of complex process changes with regulatory impact

Business Case Development

  • Understanding the requirements of a complex business case for assigned changes

  • Continually assessing key business elements across project life cycle to ensure business goals remain relevant in an ever-changing business environment and escalate as required

Project | Portfolio Management

  • Owning and developing detailed project plans for given changes using standard tools and ensures the alignment and coordination of cross-functional groups

  • Managing multiple projects at any one time that have high complexity (global supply chain impact with many inter dependencies)

  • Leading and executing within multifaceted project environments with a small to large cross-functional team

Strategic Inventory Management | Supply Transitioning

  • Defining key business requirements (validation, regulatory filing, inventory builds, and creating inventory transition plans to the new source of supply or for post-change supply)

Risk Management

  • Proactively identifying and mitigating risks and participating in Integrated Risk Management (IRM)

  • Identifying and raising issues and conflicting agendas/priorities for quick resolution

  • Being able to align teams to solve problems

  • Bringing innovation into every day thinking to mitigate risks

  • Understanding and committing to Compliance


  • Ensuring inter-project communication and integrated execution

  • Ensuring consistency and sharing of best practices

Leadership Capabilities

  • E2E Visibility

  • Be skilled in effectively managing virtual teams and have the ability to influence both horizontally and vertically

  • Drive to engage others and have excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills

  • Be able to maintain focus on the key project goals and priorities, but also be able to dive into the detail to facilitate problem resolution and ensure project success

  • Cultural sensitivity, diversity, and effectiveness

  • Regulatory Acumen and effective working relationship with Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety (GRACS)

  • Demonstrated conflict resolution, problem-solving, raising concerns and accountability

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor Degree in the field of Science or Engineering

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of eight (8) years' combined and diverse experience in Supply Chain Management, Operations, Technology, Regulatory, or Procurement with a demonstrated record of solid achievements

  • Working in both strategic and tactical space

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Product source changes and change control

  • Proficiency in Microsoft project

  • Flexibility with working schedule and availability to travel

  • Vaccines, biologics, therapeutic proteins, or sterile

  • Working with Global Human Health and 3rd party partners

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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No relocation

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Flexible Work Arrangements:

Flex Time, Remote Work, Work Week


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Requisition ID:R230353