Senior Specialist, Animal Health GSM #ILC - Biologics External Manufacturing

at Merck in Millsboro, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

Our company is a leading global healthcare company that offers a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines, consumer health products, and animal health products. Our mission is to contribute to a healthier future by creating innovative healthcare solutions.

In Animal Health Global Supplier Management (AH-GSM), we have a team of approximately 200 professionals who are dedicated to ensuring compliant, competitive, and innovative acquisition of goods and services from our suppliers and partners. With an organizational structure that leverages global center-led categories and regional operating resources, AH-GSM manages around $1.2 billion of third-party spend.

To achieve excellence, we rely on the skills, diversity, teamwork, and integrity of individuals like you. We strive to create an environment that fosters mutual respect, encouragement, and collaboration. As a member of our global team, you will have the opportunity to work alongside talented colleagues, contribute to meaningful projects, and advance your career.


As a Senior Specialist, you will support in externalization and transfer activities related to our large molecule platform. Joining an enthusiastic team, your primary focus will be on sourcing, innovation, negotiation, and contract implementation. This role is challenging, diverse, and complex, requiring flexibility, dynamic thinking, and strong project management skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

+ Develop and implement sourcing strategies and cost reduction initiatives.

+ Manage supplier performance and relationship management.

+ Act as a key account manager or “virtual plant manager” for strategic external suppliers.

+ Manage contracting strategy and implementation.

+ Conduct make versus buy assessments.

+ Gain a broad understanding of stakeholder and business needs.

+ Provide sourcing expertise in cross-functional and risk mitigation teams.

+ Identify and promote improvement opportunities with suppliers.

+ The position can be based in the US or Europe (preferred locations: Kansas, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Netherlands, or Belgium).

+ This is a hybrid position, requiring a minimum of 2 days of on-site work per week.

+ The role will require 30-40% domestic and international travel

Required Knowledge and Skills:

+ Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of relevant work experience (e.g., procurement, R&D, manufacturing, supply chain, logistics, engineering) – OR – 8 – 10 years of experience in procurement, operations, supply chain within a vaccine manufacturing/ large molecule environment

+ Self-motivated, adaptable, and collaborative individual who can work independently with minimal supervision.

+ Strong focus on value creation and cost control with third parties.

+ Experience in Biotechnology operations or managing outsourcing projects.

+ Understanding of global supply chain principles and their application in external manufacturing.

+ Ability to manage multiple complex projects, ensuring on-time delivery through effective communication, organization, time management, and critical thinking skills.

+ Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

+ Proficiency in Microsoft Office and knowledge of ERP systems (experience with Ariba is a plus).

+ Excellent English communication skills, both spoken and written.



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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: JC260180987

Posted On: May 22, 2024

Updated On: Jun 06, 2024

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