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Our company is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and 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. While our mission is clear, how we execute that mission is becoming increasingly important to customers, regulators, investors, employees and patients.
Our sourcing and procurement team works to ensure efficient acquisition of human resources services that enables HR and the business to attract, develop, retain and inspire our people so that they can make a true impact on the world. We collaborate internationally and are grouped into center-led categories and regional operating teams.
The Associate Director of HR Procurement
The ideal candidate will develop and maintain strong relationships with key global business leaders in the stakeholder community, other corporate functions and our key suppliers, while collaborating closely with global sourcing and procurement colleagues to align and drive strategic business priorities.
Drive transformational procurement strategies to enable the category strategies
Collaborate with HR team to manage preferred suppliers
Drive global sourcing strategies and category/contract management
Provide guidance to regional & local teams in sourcing of local programs to ensure their competitiveness and compliance
Lead the HR Contingent Labor Supply Strategy Council
In addition, this role is responsible and accountable for coordinating internal activities across three stakeholder groups:
With Procurement Colleagues: Participates/leads teams of global, regional & local representatives to develop and implement strategic sourcing plans as well as to ensure alignment on key initiatives and priorities for broader HR services categories. Act as a member of the team willing to carry out the mission and ensure that input from all members is taken into account.
With Business Partners: Identifies and engages with critical stakeholders and partners to define and meet or exceed business requirements and identify and manage budgetary savings targets. Understands strategic business requirements at 1-3-5 year horizon. Acts as a trusted advisor to a wide range of business partners in the business organization with a keen ear for needs and wants, and the ability to influence and guide strategic decision making, but also the courage to appropriately challenge the status quo.
With Suppliers: Responsible for building relationships with Global and Enterprise wide suppliers and managing key supplier performance against business requirements using proven processes; ensures adequate inclusion of diversity suppliers in RFPs and contracts as applicable. Supports major Regional supplier relationships. Acts as a representative of the Corporation with a relentless drive to ensure our company is maximizing Supplier's core competencies, provides a fair opportunity for sustainable growth, and optimizes the spend.
Target: Definition and planning of high-level objectives targeted to long term results that will impact the way our company views and purchases this category. This is the "big picture" creation and it entails active engagement with senior stakeholders as well as critical members of the business in the category during the course of the Sourcing Excellence Process (SEP).
Typical Activities: Meetings with stakeholders to discuss SEP approach; participation in workshops and meetings during SEP; dialogue and meetings with Regional Procurement; participation in Market Intelligence; data gathering and analysis; others that contribute to fundamentally change or effect the status quo in pursuit of a long term competitive advantage.
Target: Implementation of tactical plans or projects directly linked to a strategy created during the course of Sourcing.
Typical Activities: Development, rollout and execution of RFIs/RFPs and direct negotiations pursuant to supplier selection aligned with strategic goals; process re-engineering in cooperation with the business pursuant to modify or create processes in connection with strategic goals.
Target: Drive ongoing procurement activities pursuant to transactions and projects not in connection with SEP or strategy creation/execution. This is the "keep the lights on" and it is normally driven by daily/weekly requests from the business and procurement.
Typical Activities: Contract review/negotiations; PO issue resolution; creation of new vendors; supplier issue resolution; technology/process execution; data gathering and analysis leading to short/medium term insights not in connection with SEP or strategy creation/execution; all transactions not in connection with SEP or strategy creation/execution which ensure continuity of the business function and sustainability of the procurement function.
Supplier Relationship Management
Target: Design, planning and implementation of actions and projects in connection with SEP or strategic goals pursuant to develop, improve, sustain or reposition our relationship with critical/strategic suppliers.
Typical Activities: Development/participation in supplier forums, market organizations and conferences; dialogues and meetings with business partners and suppliers in connection with Target; review, analysis and negotiation of contracts; data gathering/analysis pursuant to generation of insights. Drive supplier performance management in the identification and collection of SLAs, and discussion with suppliers, in conjunction with stakeholders, of those SLAs and joint identification of continuous performance improvement.
MBA or similar post degree qualification
Green or Black Belt certified or willing to work towards achieving certification.
Skills & Experience:
A Minimum of 10 years Post Qualification experience in Business, HR, Finance and/or Procurement required
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (Oral and Written)
Experience of working in a matrixed organization and managing dotted line reports
High degree of integrity and personal ethics required representing our company with external partners
Resilient and focused, able to manage competing priorities
Effective team player with collaborative focus
Experienced Negotiator with ability to interpret contract clauses and arbitrate on issues
Strong Project Management skills
A Strategic thinker and self-starter
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.
Who we are
We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.
What we look for
Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us-and start making your impact today.
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