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Merck & Co, Inc

2023 Indirect Sourcing & Operations Intern


Security Operations


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features internships that lasts up to 12 weeks and will include one or more projects. These opportunities in our Support Functions division can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity, and teamwork of an individual like you. We strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Internships generally run from June to August and last approximately 10-12 weeks.

This role is in Indirect Sourcing & Operations which is in Global Services under the Global Supplier Management Group. The team aims to deliver superior performance to the organization in the areas of value creation, supplier management, and supplier risk mitigation through strategic sourcing initiatives for all divisions and functions of the company.

Indirect Sourcing & Operations intern positions would be in one of the following: Marketing, Travel, Meetings, Card, & Fleet (Sourcing & Operations), Logistics, Technology, and Corporate Services and Site Services.

General Responsibilities:

Support strategic and operating objectives for the procurement function including product sourcing, supply risk management, supplier performance improvement, cost reduction, supplier diversity development, working capital improvement, and supplier relationship management Work with cross functional teams including Legal, Finance, Procure-to-Pay, internal stakeholders, and external suppliers Conduct detailed market analyses looking at facts and data, with the objective of providing deep and meaningful insights 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. Enforce compliance with all Global Procurement policies and procedures by using a data driven business case approach.

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 the company. 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 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 e-Auctions, 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 the 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 Learnings – The incumbent will be expected to generate work of world-class quality and to share and transfer this to colleagues throughout GSMG

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates must be currently in sophomore or junior level curriculum, pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in business (such as Finance or Management), Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Market Research, Communications or a Science-related discipline (Engineering, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Bioengineering). Or currently enrolled in an MBA program.

  • Candidates must have superior interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to work successfully on cross functional teams

  • Candidates must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills including ability to make clear and concise presentations, sensitivity to cultural differences in communication

  • Candidates must have strong data collection, analysis and reporting skills

  • Candidates must have excellent project management skills

  • Candidates must have the ability to work independently with a high degree of flexibility and adaptability to deal with ambiguous and dynamic situations

  • Candidates must be a quick learner and motivated to cultivate technical, business and commercial skills by applying their knowledge within our environment

  • Candidates must have experience with SharePoint and Enterprise Social Media (specifically Teams, Yammer), and familiarity with principles of business communication, marketing and/or journalism.

  • Candidates must be proficient in Microsoft office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

  • Candidates must have demonstrated excellent academic achievement

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have a minimum 3.0 GPA

  • Candidates should have prior pharmaceutical industry experience or any fortune 500 company experience

  • Candidates should have experience with using SharePoint or other similar collaboration websites

  • Candidates should have experience with TIBCO Spotfire or other data analytic/visualization tools

  • Candidates should have experience with using Excel to manage large data sets

  • Candidates should have knowledge of data collection methods (polls, focus groups, surveys)

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.



For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico – Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) (“Customer-Facing Role”) who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)


No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R201465