Associate Director, Project Management

On application
25 August 2020
06 October 2020
Position / level
Director, Professional
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

Our Supply Chain team ensures inventory is consistently available to meet customer demand. We coordinate all aspects of supply through supply planning, sourcing, making, inventory management, packaging and delivery. We partner across the Marketing, Finance and Manufacturing organizations to build a robust demand and supply plan and ensure we get products to the right customer, at the place, at the right time.

Under the direction of the Network Strategy & Execution Director, the Associate Director is responsible for assessing, leading and managing the successful "end to end"(E2E) project management of major and complex supply chain changes by driving cross-divisional and cross-functional teams to ensure delivery of the targeted goals and timelines.

The Associate Director will effectively and efficiently achieve project objectives and defined business requirements through exceptional project management. The incumbent will lead cross-functional teams for projects that may include establishing new sources of supply for registered materials or managing a portfolio of complex process changes with regulatory impact

Primary Responsibilities

Business Case Development

  • Understanding the requirements of a complex business case for assigned changes

  • Continually assessing key business elements across project life cycle to ensure business goals remain relevant in an ever-changing business environment and escalate as required

Project/Portfolio Management

  • Following the team's Standard Work

  • Owning and developing detailed project plans for given changes using standard tools and ensures the alignment and coordination of cross-functional groups

  • Managing multiple projects at any one time that have high complexity (global supply chain impact with many inter dependencies)

  • Leading and executing within multifaceted project environments with a small to large cross-functional team

Strategic Inventory Management | Supply Transitioning

  • Defining key business requirements (validation, regulatory filing, inventory builds, and creating inventory transition plans to the new source of supply or for post-change supply)

Risk Management

  • Proactively identifying and mitigating risks and participating in Integrated Risk Management (IRM)

  • Identifying and raising issues and conflicting agendas/priorities for quick resolution

  • Being able to align teams to solve problems

  • Bringing innovation into every day thinking to mitigate risks

  • Understanding and committing to Compliance


  • Ensuring inter-project communication and integrated execution

  • Ensuring consistency and sharing of best practices

Leadership Capabilities

  • E2E Visibility

  • Be skilled in effectively managing virtual teams and have the ability to influence both horizontally and vertically

  • Drive to engage others and have excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills

  • Be able to maintain focus on the key project goals and priorities, but also be able to dive into the detail to facilitate problem resolution and ensure project success

  • Cultural sensitivity, diversity, and effectiveness

  • Regulatory Acumen and effective working relationship with Global Regulatory Affairs and Clinical Safety (GRACS)

  • Demonstrated conflict resolution, problem-solving, raising concerns and accountability

Education Minimum Requirement

  • Bachelor Degree in the field of Science or Engineering

Required Experience and Skills

  • Minimum of ten (10) years' combined and diverse experience in Supply Chain Management, Operations, Technology, Regulatory, or Procurement with a demonstrated record of solid achievements

  • Working in both strategic and tactical space

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Vaccines, biologics, therapeutic proteins, or sterile

  • Working with Global Human Health and 3rd party partners

  • Product source changes and change control

  • Proficiency in Microsoft project

  • Flexibility with working schedule and availability to travel

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.