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Associate Director Sourcing

Job Description

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 Associate Director of Global Procurement, External Manufacturing, supports the strategic sourcing for various direct material categories primarily focused on small molecules and large molecules.  The individual will be actively engaged in the development and implementation of the procurement strategy, contract management, risk management, stakeholder management, and supplier value management within various categories. The individual will develop and maintain strong relationships with key leaders and stakeholders, namely External Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Quality/Regulatory, Finance, Legal and other division/corporate functions.

Primary Responsibilities


  • As a key leader of a category of spend, will be accountable for development and implementation of robust sourcing strategies that link to core business deliverables while leveraging the marketplace and supplier community.  Delivers exemplary results in the right way.

Procurement Leadership 

  • Provide leadership, strategy and policy for the function by building a high performance engagement model with the business.  Partners with stakeholders outside of Procurement to ensure alignment. 

Category Scope

  • Direct responsibility for supplier relationships around the world, and is a worldwide point of contact for global relationships with numerous key suppliers, which are complex and difficult to manage. 

Sourcing Management 

  • Utilize/drive sourcing management as a structured process including obtaining sponsorship and creating/leading cross-functional teams.  Upon receiving approval for sourcing strategies, oversee/execute sourcing levers (including but not limited to RFX {Captures all references for Request for Information (RFI), Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Quote (RFQ) and Request for Bid (RFB)}, negotiations, contracting activities) to ensure appropriate sourcing precision.

Strategy Development/Implementation 

  • Create breakthrough strategies which deliver quick wins and generate legitimate business value.  Drive innovation.

Change Management 

  • Adopt high quality change practices with customers and stakeholders, building and implementing an organization which is sustainable. Be a leader by example and practice, embodying our Company Leadership Standards. 

Continuous Improvement 

  • Ensure that every supplier relationship is established with intent of future continuous improvement, and to lead and manage the measurement and review process to ensure delivery of expectations.

Stakeholder Management 

  • Positively engage the support of business colleagues using problem solving, transparency, and proactive communication skills.  Build sourcing management pipeline, ensuring stakeholder alignment and compliance to supply management processes. 


  • Actively support diversity, both within our Company as well as expanding relationships and spend with Diverse Suppliers. 

Business Requirements | Cost Management Focus 

  • Must have keen insight and understanding of business requirements on a 1/3/5 year horizon, and partners Procurement and business peers to drive value. Implement Supplier Value Management with the key suppliers to foster innovation, manage supplier performance, establish appropriate governance model, and ensure continuous improvement

Education Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor Degree in Science or Engineering

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organization. Our Support Functions include Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security. 

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.





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Requisition ID:R19337

Associate Director Sourcing

West Point, PA
Full Time

Published on 03/05/2020