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Merck & Co, Inc. | Kenilworth, NJ
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Job Description

Requisition ID: PRO019734

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.

The Associate Vice President, Research & Development Sourcing and Procurement leads the global team responsible to provide Sourcing & Supplier Management support to the entire Merck Research Labs (MRL) division. The incumbent has the responsibility for building high quality Sourcing & Procurement performance and organizational capability as part of Merck's Global R&D Sourcing Strategy. The leader will lead a global team in the development of Sourcing strategies to support the MRL goals and objectives that enable Merck's Mission (To discover, develop and provide innovative products and services that save and improve lives around the world) while bringing negotiation, contracting, supplier management and market intelligence expertise. Incumbent will develop and maintain strong relationships with key MRL executive stakeholders and formulate strong partnership with appropriate MRL business groups. The role will serve as a member of the Supplier Management Leadership Team (SMLT) and as an extended member of appropriate senior stakeholder leadership teams. Additionally, this role will be responsible to ensure category alignment with regional and local procurement colleagues from various locations around the world. Relationship building with Finance colleagues will be key aspect of effective job performance, strategy alignment and business enablement.

Primary Activities include, but are not limited to:

* Leadership - Works strategically and in collaboration with other functions to continuously improve Merck's effectiveness and efficiency of External Partners globally. This includes managing all aspects of performance (Quality, Service, Cost and Innovation) at external sites across the globe and with colleagues within MRL.
* Sourcing & Procurement Leadership - Provide the leadership, strategy and policy oversight for the function and establish a high performance engagement model with the business and regions. As a key leader of a category of spend (~$3.5B), responsible to develop then implement sourcing strategy and ensure Supply Strategy Council alignment, compliance and delivery of required business performance. Responsible for the strategy, leadership, management and budgetary controls of a multi-cultural team of Global Sourcing professionals.
* Organizational Development - Build a core team of high quality Sourcing professionals who have direct responsibility for sourcing strategy and procurement projects. Responsibility includes effective talent management, building proactive recruitment bench & succession planning as key deliverables.
* Change Management - Adopt high quality change practices with colleagues and stakeholders, building and implementing an organizational culture which is customer focused/service mindset, results driven with enterprise focus and sustainable. Be a personal exemplar of the Merck Leadership Standards.
* Performance - Deliver ongoing value-creation productivity targets as required. Meet critical business requirements for AQSCI. Establishes, through a risk based analysis, "calibrated" oversight based - on the product type as well as the capabilities and quality performance - of external suppliers and partners. Establishes clear expectations, measures with periodic monitoring of operational and quality performance associated with suppliers. Establishes periodic Quality performance review meetings with external partners in collaboration with Supplier Development & Performance Management group and MRL colleagues.
* Relationships - Build outstanding relationships with stakeholder management and regional procurement colleagues - which are oriented to meeting Merck's business needs.
* Process - Realize sourcing management, supplier value management, risk management, supplier diversity and SAP, as core sustainable processes and enablers of delivery. Enables New Product Launch support across MRL, GSTC and other areas.
* Global - Ensure that the approach adopted is aligned with and supports Merck Global Sourcing & Procurement strategy and matrix organization structure and ways of working. Serves as a leader and exemplar of Sourcing Management and Supplier Management
* Diversity - Actively support diversity, both within Merck as well as expanding relationships and spend through Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity processes.
* Reviews all audit outcomes pertaining to organization of responsibility and appropriate supplier enterprises. Ensures appropriate and timely corrective actions, where warranted.


Required: Undergraduate degree. 10-15 years procurement / business management experience. "Demonstrated executive presence", as well as strong communication skills and ability to drive change in an environment of ambiguity. Technical - Broad base of core Pharma, R&D, Clinical, Direct & Indirect Procurement category knowledge, required.

Preferred: MBA or other relevant graduate degree, highly preferred.

Other key skills required: Supplier Relationship Management / Customer Service, Project Management / Leadership & Facilitation, Financial Understanding / Analytical Skills, Supply Chain Management Skills, Leadership Skills - Vision & Adaptability / Solid Organizational Skills, Develop & Execute Risk Mitigation Plans, Supplier Performance Monitoring / Administer Supply Agreements, Identify & Execute Cost Reductions , Strong Interpersonal / Change Management / Conflict Resolution / Communication Skills

Attributes: Risk Taking, Strategic, Entrepreneurial & Creative Thinking, Interacting across various Lines of Business, Competitive Market Understanding, Sound Decision Making and Judgment, Customer Focus, Compliance Mindset, and Integrity & Honesty (as absolutes). Should have a high degree of emotional intelligence and be a strong collaborator and relationship builder. The incumbent should have a proven history of being able to handle organizational complexity and ambiguity, strong business skills, ability to manage multiple programs and create a high performance work environment, and the ability to work strategically as well as in a detail-oriented framework with all partners. A continuous improvement mindset, and bias to action is important for this role.

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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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About Merck & Co, Inc.

Company Description

From developing new therapies that treat and prevent disease to helping people in need, we're committed to improving health and well-being around the world.

We are inspired by the difference we can make in the lives of people around the world through the innovative medicines, vaccines, and consumer health and animal products we discover and produce.

Our products cover a broad range of areas, including heart and respiratory health, infectious diseases, sun care and women’s health. And we focus our research on conditions that affect millions of people around the world – diseases like Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer – while building strengths in new areas like biologics.

While we work to develop innovative therapies, we also work hard to make sure they’re affordable. That’s why we offer assistance and discount programs to help make our medicines accessible to those who need them.

At today’s Merck, we’re applying our global reach and strength in scientific research to do more of what we’re passionate about: working to ensure a healthier future for all – one person at a time.

Company History

We've done great things in the past. Today, we're doing great things for the future.

Merck and Schering-Plough recently merged to create a new company. Today, we are the second-largest pharmaceutical company in the world. We also are a global leader in consumer products and animal care.

Both Merck and Schering-Plough have a long and rich history of working to improve people's health and well-being. Through the years, our researchers have helped to find new ways to treat and prevent illness - from the discovery of vitamin B1, to the first measles vaccine, to cold remedies and antacids, to the first statins to treat high cholesterol. Our scientists also have helped develop many products to improve animal health, including vaccines and antibiotics.

While we are proud of our past, we are enthusiastic about the future of this new company and we are excited to help create a healthier, brighter future for people around the world.

Mission & Values

  • Our business is preserving and improving human life. We also work to improve animal health.
  • We are committed to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.
  • We are dedicated to the highest level of scientific excellence and commit our research to improving human and animal health and the quality of life. 
  • We expect profits, but only from work that satisfies customer needs and benefits humanity.
  • Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of our employees.

Working Here

At Merck, you'll find rewarding opportunities, diverse experiences and an unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. As part of our global team, you'll collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues whose sense of purpose complements your own. Whatever your career path – whether it's pursuing original science in the laboratory, working directly with our customers, manufacturing quality products or supporting our business in another way – Merck offers opportunities to develop and expand your career while making a true difference in people's lives.  

Hiring Information

No matter what your specialty, there may be a place for you at Merck. We offer opportunities that can make a difference in your career – and in the world. We have career opportunities in various areas:

  • Research & Development
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Manufacturing & Supply
  • Information Services
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Sigma
  • Communications
  • Policy & Philanthropy
  • Legal


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 who matter the most in their lives.


Diversity is the power of differences. We believe that having a diverse, inclusive workforce and organization makes us a more innovative and agile company, attuned to the needs of our customers. Every day, we strive to create an inclusive workplace, where diverse perspectives are respected and all opinions matter:

  • Diversity is woven throughout our business practices and training strategy.
  • Our leaders are accountable for specific objectives related to diversity and inclusion. Results are measured in terms of individual, division and company-wide performance.
  • We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified job applicants.
  • We cast a wide net in our search for talent, seeking qualified suppliers – large and small – from all segments of the business community. This includes minority-, women- and veteran-owned businesses.