Manager, Sourcing Organic Basics - Life Science

Posted 25 Jan 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin - United States

Req Id 187193


A career with MilliporeSigma is an ongoing journey of discovery: our 52,000 people are shaping how the world lives, works and plays through next generation advancements in healthcare, life science and performance materials. For 350 years and across the world we have passionately pursued our curiosity to find novel and vibrant ways of enhancing the lives of others. MilliporeSigma is a business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

Manager, Sourcing Organic Basics

Who We Are: Merck KGaA of Darmstadt, Germany is a leading global company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science, and performance materials. The company has six businesses – Biopharmaceuticals, Consumer Health, Allergopharma, Biosimilars, Life Science, and Performance Materials – and generated sales of € 12.85 billion in 2015. Around 50,000 employees work in 66 countries to improve the quality of life for patients, to foster the success of customers, and to help meet global challenges. The life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, which operates as MilliporeSigma in the U.S. and Canada, has 19,000 employees and 65 manufacturing sites worldwide, with a portfolio of more than 300,000 products enabling scientific discovery.

You role: As the Manager, Sourcing Organic Basics you will participate in a highly strategic global, cross-functional sourcing team championing the strategic sourcing process within the Life Science organization. Provide support, as a team member, strategic sourcing initiatives that impact sourcing decisions across Life Science sites world wide. Helps prepare Business Cases, including ROI models, and effectively presents new programs to Management. Continually identifies and implements new opportunities for Cost Savings and Cost Avoidance and proactively tracks progress toward these objectives. Manages the Sourcing process, including the RFI/RFP process and participation in make-buy conversion decisions on a global basis. Manages supplier selection process and ensures supplier selections are based on sound selection criteria such as Total Value of Ownership (TVO)

Who you are: Bachelor’s degree in a field of life science, Advanced Degree (Master's or MBA) preferred Minimum 5 years professional experience in one or more of following roles: new product development, strategic sourcing, technical services, product management in life science or pharmaceutical industries Experience in a global, matrixed organization with experience in and exposure to advanced sourcing strategies Experience performing in a fast-paced, goal-oriented, and time-sensitive environment. Ability to lead and influence change in the face of complexity and ambiguity. Ability to speak and present effectively to peers and Management. Strong relationship building skills with key Stakeholders at all levels of the organization. Capable of influencing and motivating others with new ideas and concepts. Proficient at thinking and acting strategically, championing change, and generating innovative solutions. Excellent analytical, problem solving and decision making skills to manage and resolve highly complex business issues. Knowledge of strategic sourcing and supplier management concepts. Strong contract development and negotiation skills. Familiarity with commodity sourcing environment. Familiarity with life science Product Management and technology commercialization. Knowledge of All Organic Basics materials, including but not exclusive to: Solvents, Organic Acids, Nitrogen Compounds, Aromatics.


What we offer: With us, there are always opportunities to break new ground. We empower you to fulfill your ambitions, and our diverse businesses offer various career moves to seek new horizons. We trust you with responsibility early on and support you to draw your own career map that is responsive to your aspirations and priorities in life. Join us and bring your curiosity to life!

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