Executive Director, Chemicals/Raw Materials Sourcing & Comm.:

Whitehouse Station West New Jersey
Requisition ID: TEC001236

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.
 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.
Our employees are the key to our company’s success.  We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program.  Merck’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.
The Executive Director, Global Sourcing & Procurement – Chemicals, Raw Materials, and Commercialization leads the sourcing efforts supporting the internal manufacture of API and bulk drug product manufacturing, within the Merck manufacturing network (including pilot plants and commercialization sites), and is a member of the Direct Materials Leadership Team. The Executive Director will lead the development and implementation of sourcing strategy, Global Category Management, contract management, risk management, stakeholder management, and supplier value management within this category. The successful incumbent will develop and maintain strong relationships with key leaders within Merck Manufacturing Division (MMD), namely Pharmaceutical, Bio/Sterile, and Vaccines operations, external manufacturing, quality/regulatory, Finance, Legal, and Shared Business Services, and other corporate functions.  As Commercialization lead, the Executive Director will drive commercialization process excellence across all direct materials categories (API/Key Intermediates, Packaging, and Operations Sourcing), ensuring alignment amongst global and regional procurement colleagues, Supplier Development & Performance Management, External Manufacturing, and stakeholders within Global Science, Technologies, & Commercialization.
Primary activities include, but are not limited to:
Leadership - As a key leader of a category of spend, accountable for development and implementation of robust sourcing strategies that link to core business deliverables while leveraging the marketplace and supplier community.  Delivers exemplary results in the right way.
Sourcing & Procurement Leadership - Provide the leadership, strategy and policy for the function building a high performance engagement model with the business and regions.
Organizational Development - Build a core team of high quality procurement professionals who have direct accountability for spend management, category management, and execution.  Partners with stakeholders outside of GP to ensure alignment.
Category scope - Direct responsibility for supplier relationships around the world, and is worldwide point of contact for global relationships with numerous key suppliers, which are complex and difficult to manage.
Sourcing Management - Utilize/drive sourcing management as a structured process including obtaining sponsorship and creating/leading cross-functional teams.  Upon receiving approval for sourcing strategies, oversee/execute sourcing levers (including but not limited to RFx, negotiations, contracting activities) to ensure appropriate sourcing rigor.  Compliance to Source Recommendation Committee (SRC), category strategy development, Supplier Performance Management process, and other supply management processes is key.   Ensure end-to-end considerations regarding product life cycle management are factored into sourcing process, driving alignment with early stage and pre-clinical sourcing activities.
Strategy Development/Implementation - Create breakthrough strategies which deliver quick wins and generate legitimate business value.  Drive innovation.
Change Management - Adopt high quality change practices with customers and stakeholders, building and implementing an organization which is sustainable. Be a leader by example and practice, embodying the Merck Leadership Standards.
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.
Stakeholder Management - Work in a way that positively engages the support of business colleagues using problem solving, transparency, and proactive communication skills.  Build sourcing management pipeline, ensuring stakeholder alignment and compliance to supply management processes.
Supplier Diversity and Economic Inclusion - Actively support diversity, both within Merck as well as expanding relationships and spend with Diverse Suppliers.
Business requirements/cost management focus - Must have keen insight and understanding of business requirements on a 1/3/5 year horizon, and partners GP and business peers to drive cost reductions. Implement Supplier Value Management with the key suppliers in this category to foster innovation, manage supplier performance, establish appropriate governance model, and ensure continuous improvement.

  • Required: Undergraduate degree required. 
  • Preference in engineering, chemistry, biology, and business administration. 
  • 5-10 years procurement and business management experience, within manufacturing environment or company.   
  • Technical – Broad base of procurement category knowledge, contract manufacturing of chemicals, pharmaceutical products (sterile/non-sterile, API) preferred.
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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