Director of Packaging Procurement

Requisition ID: TEC001365 Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare. Merck is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer health products, as well as animal health products.   Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company - one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us. Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you.  To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork.  As part of our global team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career. Our employees are the key to our company's success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program.  Merck's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. The Director of Procurement - Packaging Components will lead a team of Procurement professionals globally and collaborate with senior functional and operational stakeholders to develop and execute global supply strategies for primary and secondary packaging components. The position will support Merck Manufacturing division strategic imperatives and will enable Merck Manufacturing Division core elements of strategy: stability, responsiveness, building biologics capacity, and foster innovation.  Key Role & Responsibilities: Develop, lead and manage a team of world class procurement professionals that influences the business Develop an end to end transformation strategy mapping out current landscape and developing and implementing short, mid and long term improvement plans. Create a delivery planshared jointly with business Interface with lines of business to understand and influence long term strategy considering internal and external manufacturing requirements. Engage, obtain sponsorship and influence senior level stakeholders / demonstrate procurement value proposition Develop end to end risk management strategies and performance management & improvement strategies Focus on innovation and added value creating by developing strategic supplier relationship management in collaboration with the Supplier development group Act as change agent, demonstrating added value brought by the procurement function. Be a personal example of the Merck leadership standards. Lead complex cross functional global projects and initiatives Bring and enhance supplier Market Knowledge and Insight as a source of innovation and value creation for Merck business. Manage functional key performance indicators: ensure development and reporting of productivity and PPV in alignment with Finance. Negotiate and manage complex relationship with Merck critical suppliers globally  Coordinate existing and new sourcing projects, supply optimization/risk mitigation/alternate source qualification projects, bringing the project management discipline, execution and stakeholders relationship management skills required to manage various initiatives and projects  Provide progress status briefings to management, project teams and executives, proactively highlighting any issues with projects, timelines, etc. that require awareness or attention. Embraces a style of accountability, continuous improvement and acts with a sense of urgency.  Participate in the business strategy and organizational development.  Ensuring supply chain/sourcing strategy, practices and initiatives are aligned with the company's business objectives and support the company's growth strategy. Primary activities include, but are not limited to:  Leadership - As a key leader of a category of spend, 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 the leadership, strategy and policy for the function building a high performance engagement model with the business and regions.  Organizational Development - Build a core team of high quality procurement professionals who have direct accountability for spend management, category management, and execution.  Partners with stakeholders outside of Global Procurement to ensure alignment of strategies.  Category scope - Direct responsibility for supplier relationships around the world, and is 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, negotiations, contracting activities) to ensure appropriate sourcing rigor.  Compliance to Source Recommendation Committee (SRC), category strategy development, Supplier Performance Management process, and other supply management processes is key.  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 the Merck 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 - Work in a way that positively engages 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.  Diversity - Actively supportdiversity, both within Merck 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 with Global Procurement and business peers to drive cost reductions. Implement Supplier Value Management with the key suppliers in this category to foster innovation, manage supplier performance, establish appropriate governance model, and ensure continuous improvement. Qualifications Required Qualification: Undergraduate degreerequired with preference in engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, manufacturing, and business administration. 7-10 years procurement and business management experience, within life science, bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing environment, or FMCG.  Preferred Qualification:  Pharmaceutical/biotech industry experience. Technical - Broad base of procurement category knowledge, experience within manufacturing environment for biologics/sterile pharmaceutical products.  Ownership -- Ability to take the lead in planning and execution of activities. Ability to operate autonomously. Process Improvement and project management experience. Working knowledge of other project management processes (e.g. risk, issue and assumptions management, change control and project reporting). Understanding of the category management process. Resilience and flexibility to succeed in a demanding and challenging project environment, including the ability to manage conflicting priorities. Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.   Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully:  Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.  For more information about personal rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, visit:              EEOC Poster <
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8 - 10 years

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