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Merck Senior Specialist, CMO Procurement in North Wales, Pennsylvania

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Animal Health Global Supplier Management (AH-GSM) is an organization of approximately 90 professionals with the common objective of compliant, competitive, and innovative acquisition of goods & services from leading suppliers and partners that deliver a competitive advantage to our Company. AH-GSM manages approximately $1.2B of third party spend through an organizational structure encompassing the global leverage of center-led categories and regional operating resources.

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


As part of the Contract Manufacturing Organizations Category team for Animal Health, the Senior Specialist leads strategic sourcing to ensure reliable, compliant and cost competitive Contract Manufacturers for our Company Animal Health products. The Senior Specialist is responsible for developing, leading and executing sourcing strategies, category management, contract management, risk management and stakeholder 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).

  • 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 form a strategic sourcing perspective.

  • 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 (RFIs, 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 and productivity 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.

  • Strategy Development/Implementation: Create breakthrough strategies which deliver quick wins and generate legitimate business value. Drive innovation.

  • Continuous Improvement: Ensure that every supplier relationship is established with intent of future continuous improvement, and to lead and manage the measurement and review process to ensure delivery of expectations.

Minimum Education Requirement :

  • A Bachelor's Degree preferably in Engineering, Science, or Business fields

Required Experience or Skills :

  • At least five (5) years of experience in procurement and project management, within manufacturing environment or company.

  • Hands on work experience in strategic sourcing, contract negotiations and execution

  • Experience working with Contract Manufacturers

  • Experience working with suppliers and customers across geographies.

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with people from many different disciplines.

  • Project management experience specifically related to strategic sourcing projects in a cross functional environment

  • High degree of flexibility and adaptability to deal with ambiguous and dynamic situations

  • Experience managing multiple simultaneous and complex projects requiring frequent communication, organizational/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

Preferred Experience and Skills :

  • Post graduate degree in business, engineering or technical fields

  • Experience working in the Pharmaceutical or Animal Health industry.

  • Ability to translate strategic vision into tactical plans and manage the change required to execute.

  • Ability to work with senior management with professionalism and discretion.

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

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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Requisition ID: R9855