Senior Specialist, Procurement (Hybrid)

at Merck in Millsboro, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

The Sr. Specialist, Procurement will report to the Associate Director, Procurement and will lead an active strategic role within the site sourcing teams and across Regional/Global categories. Lead the sourcing of materials and services to support business units across our Company’s Animal Health division.

Scope of spend impacted will be dependent upon the size, scale and complexities of the categories/subcategories to be managed. The categories for a Sourcing Specialist will be strategic in nature and highly complex requiring a wide breadth of skills including engaging stakeholders, specifically Site Management Teams, developing local / regional and global suppliers


+ Project Sourcing Leader - Lead cross functional team of individuals through the day to day activities of supporting the manufacturing operations with responsibility for driving the category/subcategories sourcing strategies and stakeholder management, including tier meeting attendance.

+ Category/Subcategories Stakeholder Engagement - Understand stakeholder requirements in relation to establishing supply strategy and proactive mitigation of supply risk/issues. Lead Stakeholder engagement meetings, schedule routine reviews and be able to translate and document Stakeholder requirements into tangible business results.

+ Relationship Management – Work with Business representatives, Legal and other stakeholders, to develop requirements. Conduct Relationship Management meetings with Key and Active suppliers across categories and manage Supplier Performance levels.

+ Sourcing - to create and execute Requests for Information and Requests for Proposals together with subsequent structured information analysis, using electronic procurement platform: ARIBA. Ensuring all Business Requirements are captured, lead the assessment of the proposals using predefined criteria derived from the Business Requirements. Ensure Stakeholders are aligned with Assessments and Outcome.

+ Negotiation Planning and Execution - to create detailed pre-negotiation plans, to lead and participate any prolonged negotiation sessions with suppliers and to conduct post negotiation debriefs and follow through plans. Drive negotiations to deliver the most value for the business.

+ Contract Management - to lead, prepare and implement appropriate forms of contract and commitment with suppliers. Liaise with corporate legal as needed for review of contract language. Must have a strong understanding of contract language and legal positions.

+ Supplier Performance Management - Ensure that appropriate supplier contracts and relationships have good supplier matrix embedded within them. Monitor, report, manage and continuously improve supplier performance using OTIF metrics and other tools. Drive innovation with Key Suppliers conducting meetings on a routine cadence.

+ Sharing of Learnings - Must be able to work cross functionally with the Site Teams and Region and global Category COE’s to share best practices where applicable.

+ Policy Adherence - Ensure that all procurement within his/her area of responsibility, is carried out in an ethical and controlled manner in line with procurement policy and procedures. Assist with the ongoing review of Procurement practices and procedures. Be able to interpret and enforce policy adherence for stakeholders and supply base.

+ Drive Cost Savings - Identify, Track and Deliver cost saving opportunities, focusing on the accuracy of delivery. Possess an understanding of standard costs and standard cost setting process. Be able to manage Purchase Price Variance for the category/subcategories of his/her responsibility and track as a component of cost reduction. Manage projects and approvals for cost reduction initiatives with Stakeholders and Finance.

+ Improve Working Capital - Identify Track and Deliver working capital improvement opportunities, including payment terms monitoring and assistance in inventory reduction programs.

+ Other duties may include: Participant in the Leadership Management model – involvement in strategic initiatives including leadership to improve and advance the Category/Subcategories Metrics Management - Supporting and managing performance of the Category/Subcategories in delivery of the critical department metrics, including but not limited to: on-time/ in-full delivery, cost reduction, working capital improvements and diversity.

+ Category Team Leadership - Membership of one or more category teams using the techniques and content created in 1) to 11) above as input in the creation of breakthrough strategies. Be able to lead and develop Local/Regional Category Strategies in support of Global Category Strategies Sourcing Strategy Development – Develop and be responsible for sourcing strategies that drive the key performance indicators, are aligned with the Stakeholder Business Requirements and drive the most value for the company.

Position Qualifications :

Education Minimum Requirement:

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Supply Chain Management, or a related field

Experience and Skills:

+ 5 or more years’ experience in procurement within the Life Sciences/ Pharma Industry

+ Demonstrated strong negotiation/commercial skills.

+ Must be capable of prioritizing, multi-tasking, and working to an agreed schedule.

+ Must be self-motivated and able to work both individually and as part of a team.

+ Must have a flexible approach to workload

Preferred Experience:

+ purchasing qualification preferred, i.e. CPM, CIPS.

+ Procurement experience within a Manufacturing setting is preferred




In accordance with Managers’ Policy – Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Job Posting: JC257619556

Posted On: Mar 30, 2024

Updated On: Apr 13, 2024

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