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Executive Director Clinical Development Sourcing u0026 Procurement and Strategic Initiatives

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Merck & Co., Inc

Kenilworth, NJ

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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

The Executive Director of Global Clinical Development Sourcing & Procurement leads the procurement team responsible to manage >$1.0BN annual spend category. This individual has the responsibility for building high quality procurement performance and capability as part of Merck’s global research procurement sourcing management and elevation strategies.

The Executive Director will lead the development of procurement strategy, guiding and implementing Global Category Management as per supply strategy council framework within the related categories, as well as mixed functional and operational responsibility for procurement.

The incumbent will develop and maintain strong relationships with key executive business leaders in Merck Research Laboratory division and will serve as a member of the Research Procurement Leadership Team and as an extended member of appropriate senior stakeholder leadership teams.

This role will lead a team that has Sourcing and Procurement responsibilities for Clinical Programmatic Outsourcing, Clinical Functional Services Providers, Central and Specialty Labs, and Clinical Trial Services. Also, they will manage the relationship with regional and local procurement stakeholders as appropriate.

The role will also include responsibilities to lead two strategic initiatives supporting the clinical sourcing and procurement area which include developing and implementing a process for clinical inspection readiness and automation/digitization of procurement processes supporting Clinical Development. The individual will work with the Process, Operations, and Strategy Group to align with digitization initiatives across Global Supplier Management Group.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to:

Leadership – As a key leader of a category of spend, responsible to develop then implement sourcing strategy and ensure SSC alignment, compliance and delivery of required business performance.

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 responsibility for sourcing and projects.

Process – Realize sourcing management, supplier value management, risk management, supplier diversity and SAP as core sustainable processes and enablers of delivery.

Performance – Deliver ongoing savings as required, as well as meeting the business requirements for AQSCI.

Relationships – Build outstanding relationships with stakeholder management and regional procurement management which is oriented to meeting their business needs.

Change Management – Adopt high quality change practices with customers and stakeholders, building and implementing an organization which is sustainable. Be a personal exemplar of the Merck Leadership Standards.

Global – Ensure that the approach adopted is aligned with and supports Merck global procurement strategy and Global Category Management and Ways of Working.

Procurement – Serves as a leader and exemplar of Sourcing Management and Global Category Management as a member of the GCTO Leadership Team.

Diversity – Actively support diversity, both within Merck as well as expanding relationships and spend with Diverse Suppliers.


Education Requirement:

Required:  Undergraduate degree

Preferred:  Graduate degree and MBA


10 years procurement or business management experience.

Demonstrated executive presence

Strong communication skills

Ability to drive change in an environment of ambiguity

Travel = 30%


Technical – Broad base of research, direct & indirect procurement category knowledge preferred, including specific experience in clinical development, central laboratory, patient recruitments, etc.

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. 

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Merck has a long and rich history of working to improve people's health and well-being. Through the years, our researchers have helped to find new ways to treat and prevent illness - from the discovery of vitamin B1, to the first measles vaccine, to cold remedies and antacids, to the first statins to treat high cholesterol. Our scientists also have helped develop many products to improve animal health, including vaccines and antibiotics. While we are proud of our past, we are enthusiastic about the future of this new company and we are excited to help create a healthier, brighter future for people around the world.

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