Senior Specialist, Procurement Packaging Category (f/m/d)

at Merck in Millsboro, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

Job Description:

Our presence in the UK goes back a long way. For over 80 years, we’ve been researching, developing and supplying new medicines and vaccines that prevent and treat diseases that occur at every stage of life. Today we’re one of the top five biopharmaceutical companies in the UK and employ over 2,000 people across five sites in Hertfordshire, Northumberland, Buckinghamshire, Edinburgh and London. We are officially certified by the Top Employer Institute and been awarded the exclusive Top Employer United Kingdom Certification. This role will be based in our Cambridgeshire location.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Our Finance team brings together our financial perspectives into our overall strategic and tactical decision making. We use state-of-the-art techniques for financial analysis, planning, accounting, reporting and performance evaluation. This allows the organization to continue advancing medical innovation and improve lives.

The Senior Specialist of the Packaging category will utilize the Sourcing Management Process (SMP) for strategic analysis of suppliers, supply markets and supply chains within the Packaging category. You will take an active role in category management, contract management, risk management, stakeholder management and supplier value management. You will develop and maintain strong relationships with peers across the functions of our Animal Health Manufacturing Division and with suppliers as appropriate.


+ Supplier and Supply Market Analysis – to conduct a detailed supplier and supply market study looking at facts and data, reports and changes in technology and with the goal of providing deep and meaningful insight to Sourcing Management teams

+ Sourcing Strategy Development – Develop in association with Director sourcing strategies that drive the key performance indicators of the department that are aligned with the Stakeholder Business needs and drive the most value for the company.

+ Cost Modelling – to construct detailed cost models/purchase price investigations of goods and services that are supplied to our company; this may include supplier visits to create a complete comprehension of the cost structure of suppliers.

+ Negotiation Planning and Execution – to create detailed pre-negotiation plans, to direct and participate any prolonged negotiation sessions with suppliers and to conduct post negotiation debriefs and follow through plans.

+ Sourcing – to create and execute RFIs and RFPs together with subsequent structured information enquiries wherever possible using modern electronic procurement processes.

+ Reverse Auctions – to prepare, guide, conduct and implement Reverse Auctions on selected sourcing opportunities.

+ Contract Management – to prepare, negotiate and implement appropriate forms of contract and commitment with suppliers.

+ Supplier Performance Management – to ensure that appropriate supplier agreements and relationships have good supplier metrics embedded within them. Monitor, report, manage and continuously improve supplier performance. Manage, report & escalate potential supply issues.

+ Project Management Skills- to support sourcing (and others, as appropriate) project management by following the SMP and using project management tools for managing progress and communications to stakeholders

+ Drive change and new product implementation projects forward to completion.

+ Sharing of Learning – As the Senior Specialist, the incumbent will be expected to generate work of a world class quality and share and transfer this to colleagues throughout procurement. Being able to work cross functionally within the Site Team, Region and across Categories and Regions and to share best practices where applicable.

+ Works with all levels of the organization and has demonstrated the following skills:

+ Rapid / Disciplined decisions.

+ Acts with courage and candor.

+ Drives results.

+ Escalation of issues or concerns to management as appropriate.

+ Ability to Prioritize, Align and Simplify.


+ Undergraduate degree.

+ Graduate degree desired.

+ Around 3 to 5 years of sourcing-related working knowledge in the pharmaceutical or regulated industries in roles such as but not limited to, Formulation and Packaging sourcing, contract management, and/or proposal development, a strong background and knowledge of Formulation and Packaging category (both contract manufacturing/packaging and packaging components), suppliers and Formulation and Packaging procurement subject matter expertise.

+ Willing to travel, domestic and international to visit other sites and to meet with suppliers.

+ Ability to present, in person or virtually.

+ Excellent communication, relationship management, project management and leadership skills.

+ Experience with SAP MRP/ERP systems (preferred but not essential).

+ Must be adaptable in dealing with ambiguous and complex environments.

+ Able to effectively lead work within diverse cross functional teams to achieve client, department and company goals

+ Ability to analyse complex data and form a proposal to award business.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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Job Posting: JC207569706

Posted On: Mar 17, 2022

Updated On: Aug 25, 2022