Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing Job

Date: Jan 14, 2018

Location: Unterschleißheim, BY, DE

Requisition ID: TEC001168

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

For our team in Unterschleißheim near Munich we are looking for a highly motivated and qualified

Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing – Animal Health Global Supplier Management, API Category 

Animal Health Global Supplier Management (AH-GSM) is an organization of approximately 90 professionals with the common objective of compliant, competitive, and innovative acquisition of goods & services from leading suppliers and partners that deliver a competitive advantage to MSD. AH-GSM manages approximately $1.2B of third party spend through an organizational structure encompassing the global leverage of center-led categories and regional operating resources. 

As part of the API and Drug Product Category team, the Associate Director, Strategic Sourcing leads global strategic sourcing to ensure compliant and cost competitive active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) supply to MSD Animal Health Manufacturing. The Associate Director plays a leadership role in the development of global sourcing strategies, category management, contract management, risk management and stakeholder management within this category.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • People leadership- May lead and be responsible for direct reports. Expected to lead and influence peers, as appropriate, in the leadership of projects or other initiatives (for example, cross functional team members on a sourcing project team).

  • Procurement Leadership:

  • Leads development, recommendation/presentation, and implementation leadership of category sourcing strategies and ensures alignment, compliance and delivery of business requirements/needs.

  • Collaborates with Supplier Relationship Managers to support their needs form a strategic souricng perspective.

  • Project Management:

  • Leads strategic sourcing projects (using an established sourcing management process) to establish sources of supply via market intelligence gathering and analysis, competitive sourcing events (RFIs, RFP/RFQs), costs analyses, strategic analyses, due diligence/compliance assessments, and contract negotiations.

  • Leads cross-functional sourcing teams (key manufacturing support functions) to execute sourcing projects

  • Proactive Cost Management: Leads development, negotiation, and implementation of cost savings projects

  • Stakeholder Engagement/Management: Leads engagement with the business stakeholders (at same organizational level or one to two levels above and across manufacturing support functions such Supply Chain Management, Quality Assurance, Technology, Environmental Health and Safety, Finance, Regulatory Affairs, Legal) across the world in support of strategic sourcing and relationship management.

  • Strategy Development/Implementation: Create breakthrough strategies which deliver quick wins and generate legitimate business value. Drive innovation.

  • Continuous Improvement: Ensure that every supplier relationship is established with intent of future continuous improvement, and to lead and manage the measurement and review process to ensure delivery of expectations.


Minimum Education Requirement:

  • Undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) preferably in Engineering, Science, or Business fields

Required Experience or Skills:

  • Overall 7-10 years procurement and business management experience, within manufacturing environment or company.

  • Minimum Five (5) years of hands on work experience in strategic sourcing, API or direct materials management, contract negotiations and execution

  • Experience working with suppliers and customers across the world (“global” experience) in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Excellent English speaking and writing skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work well with people from many different disciplines.

  • Project management experience specifically related to strategic sourcing projects

  • High degree of flexibility and adaptability to deal with ambiguous and dynamic situation

  • Experience managing multiple simultaneous and complex projects requiring frequent communication, organizing/time management and problem solving skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, collaboration, negotiation, analytical, and project management skills.

  • Demonstrated strong leadership, problem solving, and team building skills/experience and sensitivity to diverse cultures

  • Ability to work independently with minimal coaching

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Post graduate degree in business, engineering or technical fields

  • Ability to translate strategic vision into tactical plans and manage the change required to execute.

  • Ability to work with senior management with professionalism and discretion

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.


If you are interested in this position please apply via Taleo.

Job: Technical Procurement
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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