Assocate Director Procurement - Biologics/Sterile Mfg Job

Date: Jun 26, 2019

Location: Carlow, IE

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Requisition ID: PRO019871

Are you ready to Invent, Impact, Inspire?
MSD 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 MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Our Manufacturing Division is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

The Associate Director, Biologics/Sterile Manufacturing Procurement Lead will lead the procurement of all direct materials, indirect materials & services including MRO. They will also lead execution of sourcing projects to support End-to-End supply/procurement for Our Manufacturing Division commercialization, scale-up launch readiness and steady-state supply & manufacturing at  the Carlow site.


  • Accountable for the development and implementation of a robust process which establishes the prioritisation, tracking and reporting of all initiatives supported and progressed by the Procurement organisation.
  • Provide the leadership & direction for the function at site, building a high-performance engagement model with the business, region, and other GBSO sites.
  • Utilise/drive sourcing management as a structured process including obtaining sponsorship and creating/leading cross-functional teams. Ensure appropriate sourcing rigour. Compliance to Source Recommendation Committee (SRC), category strategy development, Supplier Performance Management process, and other supply management processes is key. 
  • Create breakthrough strategies which deliver quick-wins and generate legitimate business value. Drive innovation.
  • Ensure that every supplier relationship is established with the intent of future continuous improvement, and lead and manage the measurement and review process to ensure delivery of expectations.
  • 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.
  • Actively support diversity, both within MSD as well as expanding relationships and spend with diverse suppliers. 
  • Must have keen insight and understanding of business requirements on a 1/3/5-year horizon, and be capable of working with the wider team as well as strategic business partners to drive reliability of supply and cost reductions. Implement Supplier Value Management with the key suppliers to foster innovation, manage supplier performance, establish appropriate governance model, and ensure continuous improvement.
  • Development and execution of strategic projects and supporting operating objectives for procurement function across the Site.
  • Co-ordinate, prioritise and report progression of strategic and business initiatives for the Procurement organisation, in support of Global Biologics and Sterile Operating (GBSO) Unit’s priorities. 
  • Closely partner with stakeholders, Global Procurement, Supplier Development & Performance Management (SD&PM), GBSO, ExM Operations, and other business functions to prioritise projects and closely tracks/reports progress achieved.
  • Actively engage with Biologics/Sterile Manufacturing Site Procurement teams, Procurement COEs (Direct Materials & Indirect), Supplier Development & Performance Management (SD&PM), and functional stakeholders to maintain continual focus on achievement of Global Supplier Management Group/Global Procurement’s mission and vision.



A dynamic, experienced individual, the Biologics/Sterile Manufacturing Procurement lead will have excellent communication & Interpersonal skills and will need to lead with initiative and ambition.  This role requires leadership in the following key areas;

  • Product Sourcing
  • Supply Risk Management
  • Strategy Development and Execution
  • Supplier Performance Improvement
  • Identification & Management of Cost Reduction Initiatives, 
  • Supplier Diversity Development
  • Working Capital Improvement
  • Supplier Relationship Management 
  • Strong project Management capabilities
  • People Management
  • Compliance

Stakeholder Engagement is a key part of this role. The Biologics/Sterile Manufacturing Procurement Lead will be required to closely partner with a wide range of internal stakeholders in the establishment, communication and implementation of business goals.

  • Bachelor’s degree in a Science, Business, Engineering, Supply Chain or Procurement related area (preferred in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering)
  • MBA or advanced degree is preferred.
  • Procurement category knowledge with experience in a biologics product manufacturing environment.
  • Proven track records in project management and biologics operations scale-up experience.
  • 3 to 5 years experience working with senior/executive leaders.
  • Ambitious, dynamic individual with proven capabilities to coordinate, prioritise and manage multiple projects.
  • Experienced with change initiatives and strategy execution in large-scale organisations.
  • Ability to work with all levels of business customers in a highly dynamic environment.

Your role at MSD 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 MSD, we’re inventing for life.

MSD is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms / recruitment agencies for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at MSD 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 MSD.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by MSD as a result of the referral or through other means.

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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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