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Merck Sr. Specialist, Procurement in West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Our Sourcing team partner with the business to ensure efficient acquisition of goods and services that enables the commercialization of our medicines, vaccines and Animal Health products. We collaborate internationally and are grouped into center-led categories and regional operating teams.

The selected candidate will utilize the Sourcing Management Process for strategic analysis of suppliers, supply markets and supply chains within the Global Medical Affairs (GMA) areas of Research Procurement.

This role will work for an Associate Director to provide high quality strategic analysis and insight of suppliers and markets. In addition the Sourcing Manager will prepare and conduct pre-negotiation planning, live negotiations, provide contracting support as well as lead and conduct RFPs, RFQs, quotation analysis, and cost modeling.

Primary Activities

  • Supplier and Supply Market Analysis – to conduct a detailed supplier and supply market analysis looking at facts and data analysis, reports and changes in technology and with the objective of providing deep and meaningful insight to Sourcing Management teams

  • Cost Modeling – to construct detailed cost models/purchase price analysis of goods and services that are supplied to our Company, typically this will require extensive supplier discussions to create a complete understanding of the cost structure of suppliers.

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

  • Negotiation Planning and Execution – 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, RFQs together with subsequent structured information analysis wherever possible using modern electronic procurement processes

  • Reverse Auctions – to prepare, lead, conduct and implement Reverse Auctions on selected leverage categories

  • Contract Management – to prepare, finesse and implement appropriate forms of contract and commitment with suppliers

  • Supplier Performance Management – to ensure that appropriate supplier agreements and relationships have good supplier matrix embedded within them. Monitor, report, manage and continuously improve supplier performance

  • Category Team Membership – to be an active member of one or more category teams using the techniques and content created in 1) to 8) above as input in the creation of breakthrough strategies

  • Sharing of Learnings – As a senior analyst the incumbent will be expected to generate work of a world class quality and share and transfer this to colleagues throughout procurement.

Position Qualifications :

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Three (3) to Five (5) years of strategic sourcing and/or contracting role with defined scope & responsibility in technical Procurement categories.

  • Experience including business operations / Supply Chain operations within a global organization in roles such as, but not limited to, drug discovery research, strategic supply chain, and/or manufacturing.

  • Demonstrated application of the our Company Leadership Standards at the associate level, with particular strengths in Championing Change, Communicate Candidly, Build Talent, Achieves Results is required

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Certification in six sigma desirable.

  • MBA or advanced degree is desirable.

  • An in depth understanding of our Company's role in the drug development process experience and managing international business relationships is highly desirable.

  • Knowledge of the Medical Affairs space and the types of suppliers utilized is desirable.

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

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .





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No relocation

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Requisition ID: R29108