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Merck & Co. Inc.

Procurement Buyer/Planner



Full Time

On Site


Millsboro, Delaware, United States

Job Description

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.

Position Responsibilities

The Procurement Buyer/Planner has the primary responsibility of ensuring material availability to support the production schedule. Other responsibilities include managing inventory levels, supporting material/product level revisions, interacting/coordinating with suppliers on a variety of topics, and supporting other business functions as required.

  • Place purchase orders with suppliers for the procurement of production material as required by forecast and the production schedule.

  • Monitor status of open purchase orders to ensure on-time delivery of all materials, including timely resolution, communication, and mitigation of future potential problems

  • Expedite or defer orders as required based on schedule/inventory changes

  • Determine and establish optimal inventory levels based on forecast, demand variation and material lead times

  • Coordinate material flows throughout product/BOM changes, obsolescence, and the introduction of new suppliers and/or materials due to new product development

  • Manage the inter-company flow or materials between warehouse locations

  • Manage and resolve issues regarding PO to invoice discrepancies, returns and quality problems with suppliers

  • Setup & maintain material master system planning parameters (MOQ, lead time, safety stocks)

  • Collaborate with internal customers and provide a high level of customer service, including recommending solutions, resources, and alternative supply options

  • Ensure and promote compliance to company and procurement policies and procedures

  • Obtain and review order confirmations from vendors when required.

  • Work with planners to ensure that MRP is updated and accurate for all open orders and supplier schedules

  • Work with vendors and employees to insure timely delivery of requisitioned items

Education Minimum Requirements

  • High School Diploma required

  • Associate degree or 2-year accredited degree program preferred

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 2-4 years of directly related experience in one or more of the following fields required: Supply Chain, Logistics, Buying, Material Procurement, or Manufacturing.

  • Proficiency in SAP or ERP systems, Word, Excel, Adobe, and Documentum based applications.

  • In addition, must be highly proficient in project management, multitasking and extremely detail oriented.

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Strong ability to interact with vendors and internal customers via various communication methods such as phone, fax, email, mail, etc.

  • Strong sense of urgency, attention to detail.

  • Good communication and follow-up skills with a strong customer service attitude.

  • Ability to self-direct and take constructive action in ambiguous situations.

  • Able to influence others & manage conflict

  • Extremely high standards of excellence

  • Analytical with a methodical approach to problem solving

  • Experience establishing and employing demand-pull material planning methods

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 …

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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Requisition ID:R133037