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Senior Sourcing Partner – Vendor Sourcing (Hybrid PA/NJ)


Merck is a leading biopharmaceutical company driven to impact communities, improve lives, and inspire growth, health, and innovation.

Job Description

Responsibilities :
The Senior Sourcing partner is a critical member of the Statistical Programming team within the Biostatistics and Research Decision Sciences (BARDS) organization. While reporting to the BARDS functional sourcing Head, the Senior Sourcing Partner will jointly work with sourcing partners and statistical programming managers to support the department’s partnership management and sourcing needs.

The Senior Sourcing Partner will maintain a catalog of sourcing vendors and their resources and track resource movement based on business reasons. The individual will coordinate the recruitment and onboarding of partner staff in collaboration with managers, vendors, admins, and initiate Workday transactions, monitor training compliance. The Senior Sourcing Partner will leverage technologies and automation to manage partner performance. The Senior Sourcing Partner will be a member of departmental and strategic teams.

The position is a key collaborator with statistics, statistical programming, Procurement, administrative staff, relationship manager, IT, Vendors, and other project stakeholders to gather KPIs and track deliverables.

Education and Minimum Requirement :

  • BA/BS in Business Administration, Management, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Engineering, Statistics, or related field plus 5-9 years of working experience in a clinical trial environment
  • MA/MS in Business Administration, Management, Computer Science, Life Sciences, Engineering, Statistics, or related field plus 3-7 years of working experience in a clinical trial environment

Department Required Skills and Experience:

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to negotiate and collaborate effectively
  • Effective written, oral, and presentation skills
  • Effective knowledge and experience with managing multiple projects and deliverables at a time
  • A project leader completes tasks independently at a project level; ability to collaborate with key stakeholders
  • Ability to work across cultures, flexible with work hours to work with Partners in Asia and the EU

Position Specific Required Skills and Experience:

  • Expertise in resource Management and relationship management, including the development and management of dashboards using Microsoft Excel, Power BI, or similar package
  • Demonstrated experience working with functional sourcing partners
  • Strategic thinking – ability to turn strategy into tactical activities; Ability to analyze operational activities and identify areas for improvement
  • Ability to anticipate stakeholder requirements
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical development processes, including clinical trials
  • Working knowledge of statistical programming languages, including SAS or R programming, is a plus
  • Ability to learn internal processes and SOPs quickly and effectively
  • Ability to identify constant process improvements and efficiency gains from partners
  • Interest in advancing career by investing in development activities and taking on tasks with increasing levels of challenge and responsibility

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Candidates have successfully ensured deliverable quality and process compliance, working knowledge of analysis and reporting processes.
  • Active in professional societies
  • Experience in process improvement

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.


Who we are …
We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …
Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us-and start making your impact today.

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Merck is a leading biopharmaceutical company driven to impact communities, improve lives, and inspire growth, health, and innovation.

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