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Director, Procurement - Marketing Services

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 Director, Procurement - Marketing Services leads the delivery of transformational sourcing across the strategic business portfolio associated with CSO (contract sales organization), call centers, patients access category spend areas. The position reports to the Executive Director, Procurement - Marketing Services. In alignment with identified business and stakeholder priorities, the Director will drive the development of transformational procurement strategies, global category management, stakeholder management, contract management, risk management and supplier value management within the identified category areas.

The ideal candidate will develop and maintain strong relationships with key global business leaders in the stakeholder community and other corporate functions, while collaborating closely with global sourcing and procurement colleagues to drive strategic business priorities.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership - As a key leader, responsible to develop then implement sourcing strategy and ensure alignment, compliance and delivery of required business performance while leading and leveraging the Supply Strategy Council (SSC) framework.

  • Procurement Leadership - Provide the leadership, strategy and policy for the function building a high performance engagement model with the business and regions.

  • Organizational Development "“ Support the development of a core team of high quality procurement professionals who have direct responsibility for sourcing and projects, as the role interacts across the matrix procurement organization.

  • Process - Realize sourcing management, supplier value management, risk management, supplier diversity and SAP as core sustainable processes and enablers of delivery.

  • Performance - Deliver ongoing savings as required, as well as meeting the stakeholder business requirements through successful implementation of transformational and strategic business initiatives.

  • Relationships - Build outstanding relationships with stakeholders which are oriented to meeting and exceeding their business needs.

  • Change Management - Adopt high quality change practices with customers and stakeholders, building and implementing an organization which is sustainable. Be a personal exemplar of our Company's Leadership Standards.

  • Global - Ensure that the approach adopted is aligned with and supports our Company's Global Procurement Strategy, Global Category Management and Ways of Working.

  • Sourcing & Procurement - Serve as a leader and exemplar of Sourcing Management and Global Category Management as a member of the Marketing Services Sourcing & Procurement Leadership Team.

  • Diversity - Actively support diversity, both within the company as well as expanding relationships and spend with Diverse Suppliers.

  • Supplier Value Management - Implement Supplier Value Management with the key suppliers in this category to foster innovation, manage supplier performance, establish a Governance Model, and ensure continuous improvement.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • BS in Business, Finance, Marketing or related field strongly preferred. MBA or advanced degree and/or relevant certification is desirable.

Required Experience and Skills:


  • 10 years in strategic sourcing (global category management) or related role

  • Marketing

  • International business


  • Knowledge of Procurement related business processes

  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity required

  • Demonstrates solid leadership capabilities at the Manager level, with particular strengths in collaboration, written and verbal communications, and cross-functional teamwork.

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 HR, 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:PRO019078

Director, Procurement - Marketing Services

Kenilworth, NJ
Full Time

Published on 01/25/2020