Associate Director - Procurement - Clinical Functional Outsourcing

Job Description

The Associate Director is responsible for defining sourcing strategies for Clinical Functional Outsourcing in support of our company's clinical development pipeline. The role will need to interact effectively with senior leaders within our Global Clinical Development (GCD) division to ensure alignment with and delivery of business objectives.

The selected candidate will be responsible for ensuring that all sourcing strategies are compliant and follow Global Procurement's Sourcing Management Process (SMP).
  • Leadership: Accountable for development and implementation of robust sourcing strategies that link to core business deliverables while leveraging knowledge of the marketplace and supplier community. Provide leadership and direction for cross-functional teams. Build high performing engagement models with business units and regions.
  • Strategy Development/Implementation: Utilizes SMP and other tools and techniques to create breakthrough strategies that deliver quick wins and generate legitimate business value.
  • Continuous Improvement: Ensure that each supplier relationship is established with a bias for continuous improvement. Support development and monitoring of key performance indicators that demonstrate improvements.
  • Change Management: Utilizes outstanding project, program and change management skills to manage and drive change both internally and externally.
  • Contract Negotiation: Reviews and negotiates contract terms and conditions both with internal and external stakeholders, including legal and finance. Performs detailed analysis of supplier proposals and payment schedules and conducts rigorous price negotiations with suppliers.
  • Diversity: Actively supports diversity, both within our company as well as expanding relationships and spend with Diverse Suppliers.
  • Category Knowledge: Leverages deep understanding of marketplace, competitors and business requirements. Develop keen insights on near term as well as long-term horizon.
  • Cost Management: Helps drive the control, containment and reduction of costs for our manufacturing division. Implements Supplier Value Management with key suppliers to foster innovation, manage supplier performance and ensure continuous improvement.

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Undergraduate with major in Life Science or Business

Required Experience and Skills**:
  • Requires 8+ years of strategic sourcing in clinical area or related experience in a business role.
  • Excellent analytical and MS Excel skills. Excellent project management, communication, relationship, and leadership skills.
  • Must be adaptable in dealing with ambiguous and complex environments.
  • Able to effectively lead diverse, cross-functional teams to achieve stakeholder, department, and company goals.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Extensive experience managing internal and external business relationships. People management experience.
  • Understanding of the drug development process also preferred.

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.

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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No relocation

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Travel Requirements:
No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:
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Requisition ID:R147759