Specialist, Procurement

Merck - Wilson, NC

Job Description

Our Sourcing team partner with the business to ensure efficient acquisition of goods and services that enables the commercialization of our medicines, vaccines and Animal Health products. We collaborate internationally and are grouped into center-led categories and regional operating teams.

The Procurement Specialist supports local and above site stakeholders for contract execution and management, and supplier management. Assists Site Sourcing Managers in understanding supply strategies and agreements and describing the benefits to their site and our Company overall. Supports research and analysis in for local sourcing plans. Implements regional, international and global sourcing initiatives locally and participates on local sourcing teams focused on improvements in Assurance of Supply, Quality, Service, Cost, Innovation and Risk (AQSCI). Identifies and documents all cost reduction and provide plan improvements. Authors and runs Request for Proposal (RFP), Request for Quotations (RFQ), and quotation analysis and supports negotiations.

Primary Responsibilities

Sourcing: Understands basic concepts of supplier/site strategy developed by the Supply Sectors and executes action plans to achieve the sourcing team’s objectives. Participates in the Site Sourcing strategies and local program implementation. Liaise with the Supply Sectors to assure site spend is in line with agreed sourcing strategy. Assists in evaluating potential suppliers on site specific issues. Is familiar with the various suppliers and product lines available in stakeholder areas. Assists in analyzing customer’s business and evaluated potential savings through supplier consolidation. Supports creation of and executes Request for Information (RFI), RFPs. And Finalized Requirement Summary (FRS) wherever possible using e-RFX tools (To Capture All RFI, RFP, RFQ).
Transactional Process: Within assigned stakeholder and supply sector area, responsible for processing contracts in accordance with grants of authority guidelines. Ensures that outline agreements comply with master agreements and preferred suppliers. Resolves discrepancies through interaction with Procure to Pay (PtP) Service Center, Receiving and Stakeholders. Expedites critical and strategic deliveries.
Contract Negotiation and Management: Supports and participates in negotiation sessions with suppliers. Prepares, implements, and audits compliance with appropriate contract. Resolves issues regarding supplier delivery of assurance, quality, service, and documents resolution.
Supplier Management and Performance Tracking: Monitors, reports, and seeks to continuously improve supplier performance. Ensures agreements have a good supplier matrix embedded within them. Acts as a primary or secondary point of contact for supplier interactions and assists in supplier performance assessments. Builds and maintains a working knowledge of supplier’s organization, product lines, contractual agreements, and transportation terms. Compiles information to be incorporated in Supplier’s Scorecard. Assists Sourcing Managers in analyzing departmental spends with certain suppliers and recommends consolidation or redirection to preferred suppliers. Conducts periodic supplier surveys/evaluations/visits and provides feedback to sourcing managers.
Analysis: Conducts data analysis at the local level on suppliers, supply market, cost and price of goods and services that are supplied to our Company using available data.
Continuous Improvement: Trains and develops to be a good resource for procurement general knowledge, procedures, and business issues to facilitate effective and practical solutions to client requests, concerns, and inquiries. Continuously learns new areas of the global procurement supply sectors, its business practices, issues to provide superior support to stakeholders. Conducts customer service surveys to key stakeholders to validate their needs. Assists in providing feedback to sourcing managers regarding the integration of preferred supplier alliances including the effectiveness of stakeholder/supplier interface, problem resolution, & optimization. Makes recommendations to improve the existing environment.
System Support: Assists in systems training for stakeholders. Assists in the maintenance of catalog items, specifically electronic catalogs. Ensures agreements are in the document management system.
Development: Participates on category teams providing technical support. Links market knowledge and site requirements to sourcing manager supporting creation of breakthrough strategies.
Differentiation and Progression: Specialist and Senior Specialist are similar in function but not in scope. While the Senior Specialist is expected to perform independently, the Specialist may need up to 40% time reporting progress, receiving guidance on strategy, business and leadership behaviors. When a Specialist no longer requires this direction and performs as a business owner vs an apprentice, they are promotable to Senior Specialist.

Education Minimum Requirements

Bachelor Degree in Business, Finance, Supply Chain, Engineering, or related field. Master Degree is strongly encouraged.

Required Experience and Skills

Minimum 1-3 years’ experience in commercial, business operations function required or experience in non-procurement role.
Competent technical understanding of Procurement category. Systems Application and Products (SAP) knowledge is essential.
Proficient in the use of personal computers and business software. Excellent oral/written communications. Strong analytical aptitude.

Preferred Experience and Skills

Category experience desirable.
Knowledge of Procurement related business processes desirable.

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organization. Our Support Functions include Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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