2020 Intern - Supplier Development & Performance Management

Merck - West Point, PA

Job Description

The Future Talent Program features internships that last up to 12 weeks and will include one or more projects. These opportunities can provide you with great development and a chance to see if we are the right company for your long-term goals.

The Supplier Development and Performance Management (SD&PM) function at our company is responsible for managing the performance of hundreds of component and material suppliers. These suppliers are key to our company's ability to manufacture critical medicines used by millions of patients around the world.

An internship in Supplier Development & Performance Management will allow you to:

Work hands-on improving supplier manufacturing processes
Gain exposure to continuous improvement methodologies (e.g. Six Sigma, Lean) such as Statistical Process Control, Visual Management, Capability Assessments, 5-Whys, Fishbone Diagrams, Corrective Action / Preventative Action (CAPA)
Perform risk assessments and develop risk mitigation plans
Advance an understanding of group dynamics within working communities
Foster collaboration and innovation
Strengthen communication and interpersonal skills

Specific duties may include:
Supplier Performance Management Activities:
Assists the SD&PM Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE), using problem-solving skills, to conduct root cause investigations and implement CAPAs for supplier issues.
Travels to supplier sites and our company sites within the region to resolve and prevent Manufacturing, Quality, Technical and supply issues.
Participates in weekly Tier meetings to inform leadership of escalated supplier issues.

Supplier Development Activities:
Assist in the execution of Technical Capability Assessments (TCA) for new and existing Suppliers. Assess supplier across multiple categories such as Statistical Process Control, Visual Management, Asset Management, Change Control, etc. Provide supplier up-skilling as required.
Perform HyperCare Activities (e.g. walk the lines at the Supplier Manufacturing Site and confirm in-process controls are in place, ensure that current company specifications / drawings are being used at Supplier, analyze Supplier release test results for Normality, X-Bar Chart, Histogram, Control Limits, etc.) prior to and/or during Supplier launch for our company Supply.
Partner with Global Procurement to identify “high-risk” Items / Suppliers and then mitigating that risk (e.g. HyperCare, TCA) for our company sites.
Perform a Gap Analysis between specifications, methods, and equipment at Suppliers vs. our company sites and mitigate gaps (e.g. Gage R&R) to pro-actively reduce future deviations, and supply issues.

Education Minimum Requirement:
Pursuing B.S. degree (Engineering, Science, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical, Biochemistry)

Required Experience and Skills:
Ability to work in NJ/PA area during summer 2019
Interpersonal and communications skills.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
Strong data collection, analysis and reporting, Project Management

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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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If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com