Senior Specialist Indirect Procurement – HR & Professional Services Job

Date: Mar 28, 2019

Location: Haarlem, NH, NL

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Requisition ID: SER001669

For our Global Sourcing & Procurement Team we are looking for: 

Senior Specialist Indirect & Research Procurement – HR & Professional Services

Do you have 3-5 years of experience in indirect procurement? Are you result-driven whilst dealing with ambiguity? Do you have experience in complex project management, demonstrating the ability to successfully complete large, complex and above site projects? If so, we would like to ask you to apply for this challenging position within MSD.

The Position

As Senior Specialist Global Sourcing & Procurement (GS&P) within Manufacturing Division Procurement Team – EMEA Manufacturing Division Pharmaceutical Operations, you will be responsible for Indirect procurement (HR & Professional services procurement) for multiple site in The Netherlands. You will collaborate with senior functional and operational stakeholders to develop and execute global supply strategies for respective procurement categories. In this position you will support the MSD strategic imperatives and will enable core elements of strategy: stability, responsiveness, building biologics capacity, and foster innovation. You can fulfill this role from one of the 2 MSD Pharm Ops sites in The Netherlands – Harlem (preferred) or Oss.

Main Activities and Responsibilities

Your responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Category management, incl. strategic sourcing, supplier selection, negotiations, creating leverage above site and drive consistency in sourcing approach across multiple sites 

  • Relationship management with senior stakeholders in multiple sites in order to provide full support on supply, and same time to use that for driving changes, SSC (Supply Strategy) strategy at site – e.g. quarterly meetings to receive business update, site priorities and at the same time use that opportunity to seek support & alignment on implementing procurement driven projects (supplier changes, commercial initiatives etc.) 

  • Strategic supplier relationship management to drive alignment to SSC Category targets and to enable continuous improvement (supply, quality, cost aspect) 

  • Implementation of globally cascaded projects (switching to global suppliers, driving SSC category strategy etc.) including right project management to meet project deadlines, alignment with the site, managing supplier transition etc. 

  • Is responsible for developing and delivering objectives and targets in respective categories incl. annual profit plan / savings forecast, working capital conversion / pull through targets, SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) spend targets, spend concentration %, and contract compliance % targets

  • Participates and contributes to respective SSC (Strategic Sourcing Council), proactively flags risks and opportunities to senior management, escalates appropriately

  • Is accountable for Buyer Business Plan for respective categories 

  • Is responsible for continuous procurement process improvement, increasing personal productivity 

  • Engages, obtains sponsorship and influences senior level stakeholders / demonstrates procurement value proposition, creates a delivery plan shared jointly with business stakeholders

  • Develops end to end risk management strategies and performance management & improvement strategies

  • Acts as change agent, demonstrating added value brought by the procurement function. Is a personal example and role model of the MSD leadership behaviors

  • Actively supports diversity, within MSD as well as including, expanding relationships with diverse, SME suppliers

Qualifications and Skills 

  • BS/BA degree in engineering / Supply Chain or Business minimally; MBA or CPM / supply chain certification preferred

  • 5-7 years of experience in supply chain / procurement arena

  • 3 to 5 years of indirect procurement experience (HR or professional services)

  • Excellent command of Dutch and English

  • Demonstrates strong leadership, collaboration, problem solving, and conflict management skills

  • Drives results while dealing with ambiguity 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Able to influence at all levels in the organization

  • Demonstrates capabilities in Strategic stakeholder relationship management, Supplier relationship management, Project management, Cost optimization, Negotiations and Contract management, Financial / Legal acumen 

  • Working experience in multinational companies, complex matrix organizations, exposure to international teams 
About MSD 

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.
MSD. Inventing for life. 

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A good place to work 

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.


For further information regarding this position, please contact Amir Azimi,+31652160788


If you are interested in this challenging role, you are requested to apply online by uploading your resume and application letter in English.

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Job: Services Procurement
Other Locations: Oss, North Brabant, NL
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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