Mar 19, 2019

HPV Value Chain Project Lead

  • Merck
  • West Point, PA, US

Job Description

Requisition ID: MAN006203

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, 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 Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, 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.

Within Value Chain Management (VCM), the HPV Project Lead will work under the direction of the Value Chain Leader and will support key projects and teams as assigned. VCM is accountable for MMD product strategy in alignment with MMD And GHH brand/franchise goals as well as for leading continuous improvement of the product supply chain.
VCM work is strategic by definition, spanning the entire life cycle of products, stabilizing the ongoing business through appropriate risk management, and designing the supply chain for the future. The position is highly integrative and requires project management skills to prioritize and drive results. The role also requires team building skills as well as exceptional strength in communications.

Primary activities:
  • Support a Value Chain Leader or Product Leader in end-to-end value chain management in the long term time horizon and the objective of establishing the strategic direction and key areas of focus for assigned products
  • Support development of Product Master Plans which define comprehensive global product strategies, including lifecycle management and/or lead the development of product master plans for assigned portfolio.
  • Project manage the priorities from the product master plans that drive portfolio/network value creation opportunities to maximize brand assets.
  • Support VCMT subteams as required to manage tactical execution or analysis support.
  • Supports product leader in running the Value Chain Management Teams (VCMT) composed of cross functional representation from end-to-end functions including Commercial, Manufacturing, Planning, Quality, Technical Operations, Finance, Procurement, Logistics, External Manufacturing, and other related groups as appropriate
  • May lead or support End to End Product Risk Assessment for assigned products or supply nodes including risk assessments, identification & prioritization of mitigation strategies, development of recommendations and alignment of sponsorship to execute.
  • Engages in resolution of global product disruptions where long-term strategic supply chain alternatives need to be established: Develops and implements action plans with appropriate escalation and sponsorship.

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • BA/BS Required (Engineering, Science, or Supply Chain Management) with a minimum of eight (8) years relevant work experience.

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Project Management skills or certification preferred.
  • Broad cross functional skills and business/management/operations experience, knowledge of the functions that support the business including: Supply Chain, Finance, Regulatory, Quality, Compliance, Manufacturing Operations and Commercial Operations
  • Strategic thinking and ability to assimilate highly complicated and multi-factored inputs into an integrated plan
  • Demonstrated ability to make timely decisions and influence direction in ambiguous situations
  • Proactive mindset and ability to look outside the assigned role with an eagerness to identify and engage in opportunities to improve value chains and related business processes within the organization
  • Cross functional/cross divisional project management skills with geographically diverse teams

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Vaccines Experience
  • HPV technical or operations experience
  • Knowledge of “best practices” in Supply Chain Management
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification
  • Experience in leading cross functional teams or initiatives

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

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Job: Manuf./Operations Generic
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
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