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Merck VP, Direct Procurement in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Job Description

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.

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 Vice President (VP), Direct Materials Sourcing & Procurement, is a key member of both the company’s Global Supplier Management and Manufacturing Leadership teams. Serving as the manufacturing procurement head, the VP is accountable for all Global direct materials, Capital, Engineering/Construction services, Packaging and External Manufacturing spend categories, as well as steering the site / regional operations procurement functions.

The VP holds functional management of end‐to‐end operating units, based on technology platforms and streamlining accountability and decision‐making to enable:

  • Best‐in‐class compliance and change control

  • Focus

  • Agility and approachability internally and externally

  • Allocating resources based on need and product segmentation

  • Driving unconstrained and uninterrupted compliant supply of our products

  • Delivering exemplary results in the right way

Core elements enabling success in the role:

  • Develop robust sourcing strategies that link to core business deliverables while leveraging the marketplace and supplier community. Execute a supplier resource management program that builds a sourcing management pipeline, ensures alignment with key stakeholders, and ensures compliance with existing sourcing strategies.

  • Adopt, lead, and implement sourcing management as a structured process, including sponsorship development and creation and leadership of cross-functional teams.

  • Create breakthrough strategies which both deliver quick wins and genuine long-term innovative breakthroughs. Adopt high quality change practices with customers and stakeholders. Build and implement an organization which is sustainable.

  • Drive sourcing management as a structured process. Once approval is received for sourcing strategies, oversee the sourcing execution (including RFX, RFP, risk mitigation activities, negotiations, and contracting) with the right suppliers. Drive dedication to sourcing rigor across the function. Ensure compliance to global sourcing processes and governance structures.

  • Manage procurement resources (both headcount and expense budget). Drive cost reductions. Ensure adherence to all key performance metrics (savings, working capital, supplier diversity development, etc.), profit plan preparation, monitoring, and submission.

  • Provide day to day direction, project focus, and drive execution outcomes for the function. Build a high performing team that operates as a key internal business partner. Focus on employee inclusion, engagement development, and delegation with accountability.

  • Where appropriate, manage supplier relationships around the world. Be the worldwide point of contact for global relationships that are complex and difficult to manage. Expand external relationships and spend with diverse suppliers.

  • Ensure that every supplier relationship is established with intent of future continuous improvement. Drive and manage the measurement and review process to ensure delivery of expectations. Implement supplier value management with the key suppliers to foster innovation, manage supplier performance, and establish appropriate governance model.

  • Build a core team of highly qualified professionals who have direct accountability for global spend management, Category Management, and implementation / execution.

  • Work in a way that positively engages the support of business colleagues using problem solving and proactive communication skills.

  • Partner with functional areas such as manufacturing (Operations, Supply Chain, Quality, Regulatory, Technology, etc.), Global Services, Finance and Global Quality amongst others. Build a high-performance engagement model with the business and regions.

  • Be a leader by example and practice, embodying the company standards and values.

  • Actively support diversity within the company and supply chain.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a Business, Engineering, Science or Procurement, or Manufacturing-related required

  • An MBA with emphasis in operations management, finance, or supply chain management is preferred


  • Deep expertise in Sourcing, Procurement, Supplier Management or related operations, supporting a manufacturing environment, preferable in pharmaceutical, industrial manufacturing or consumer goods industries.

  • A strong background in the pharmaceutical industry and associated best practices in manufacturing, supply chain management, and supplier / category management.

  • Knowledge of supply chain technologies, performance management and reporting, and operations management best practices.

  • Advanced capabilities in Sourcing & Supplier Strategies, Sourcing Methodology, Cost Optimization, Supplier Relationship Management, Negotiation Skills, Financial / Legal Aspects with Procurement, Supplier Diversity, and Supplier Risk Management.

  • Category sourcing expertise in both indirect & direct materials and supplier diversity management.

  • Experience in leading or supporting a business transformation.

  • Strengths in working beyond functional supplier management boundaries.

  • Six Sigma belt or alternative problem-solving tools highly preferred.

  • Responsive and engaging

  • Strong people leader with solid communication capabilities

  • Collaborative; able to connect and get things done across the organization

  • Driven with a great sense of urgency and strong work ethics

  • Strong business acumen

  • Strength of character and candor

  • High level of self-awareness

  • Ability to make rapid disciplined decisions and prioritize work

  • Independent thinker

  • Customer focused

  • Comfortable with ambiguity

  • Resilient

  • Functions effectively in changing environments

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 .




US and Puerto Rico Residents Only:

If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@msd.com

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OFCCP Pay Transparency Rule at https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/pdf/pay-transp%20EnglishformattedESQA508c.pdf

We are an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, 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.

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Requisition ID: R73848