Specialist, Buyer / Planner

Job Description

If this position will be based in the US or Puerto Rico (not applicable to positions based outside of US or Puerto Rico): Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law.

Our Supply Chain team ensures inventory is consistently available to meet customer demand. We coordinate all aspects of supply through supply planning, sourcing, making, inventory management, packaging and delivery. We partner across the Marketing, Finance and Manufacturing organizations to build a robust demand and supply plan and ensure we get products to the right customer, at the place, at the right time.

As part of our Company's Supply Chain organization, the Specialist Buyer & Planner will be responsible for the purchase of all GMP materials through SAP ECC, non-GMP materials/service purchase orders through Arriba and purchasing card expenses necessary to support all site manufacturing and quality operations. The SBP supports the Integrated Process Teams (IPT) and will plan, create and release purchase orders to procure materials to support the production schedule; and work closely with suppliers to ensure on-time deliveries. This position is responsible for monitoring raw material inventory levels; ensuring sufficient inventory is available to support manufacturing while managing inventory level financial targets.

  • Primarily responsible for creating, and/or releasing and maintaining purchase orders to support all IPT production and ancillary requirements as driven by demands conveyed through SAP
  • Converts purchasing requisitions and releases purchase orders to suppliers for a wide range of materials
  • Proactively identifies material gaps and works closely with suppliers to ensure materials are delivered on time. Works closely with Durham, Elkton, WestPoint and contract labs to ensure testing and release are aligned with production need dates
  • Identifies and communicates supply delays to downstream colleagues and planning manager
  • Reviews MRP outputs and makes adjustments
  • Monitors inventory levels to avoid excess inventory, inventory shortages and/or inventory expirations
  • Supports Quality and Procurement in the resolution of supplier quality and delivery performance issues
  • Initiates tasks associated with facility start up and new product introduction, including establishing new vendors, requesting quotes, and planning for development and start up batches
  • Manage the expiring material review process and create FA33's for materials that require discard
  • Assists Finance and Procurement in the reconciliation of disputed invoices and payments to suppliers
  • Updates Inventory of Questionable Value (IQV) process to provide clear visibility of on-hand inventory which may not be usable due to quality or other issues
  • Proactive in resolving or escalating material shortages which have the potential to impact production
  • Utilizes Lean Six Sigma principles and methodologies to minimize waste, reduce costs and shorten cycle times

  • Bachelor Degree in Business, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Operations, Engineering or a comparable field ORa High School Diploma/GED Degree with five plus years working in operations, quality, purchasing, procurement and/or supply chain materials management

  • Minimum two years working in Planning, Procurement, Supply Chain, Materials Management, Engineering, and/or Operations for degreed candidates and five years for non-degreed candidates as indicated above under education
  • Capable of adapting in a very dynamic environment
  • General knowledge of Planning and Purchasing processes as well as Material Requirements Planning (MRP) principles and methodologies
  • SAP
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Strategic and strong planning, organizational, documentation and communication skills
  • Work in a cross-functional team and to manage complex projects and tasks
  • Produces/completes various assignments requiring analytical ability, independent judgment, creativity and problem-solving skills

  • Pharmaceutical industry or other GMP regulated industry
  • APICS or CPIM certification
  • Lean Six Sigma
  • Working in a start-up launch environment or experience with new product introduction
  • Collaborative team player with a strong positive attitude to maintain focus in difficult situations

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

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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No relocation

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Travel Requirements:
No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:
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Requisition ID:R142544