Product Manager, Strategy Development & Execution

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: West Point, Pennsylvania
  • Posted: October 07, 2016
  • Reference ID: SUP000941
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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company - one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Within Value Chain Management (VCM), the Product Manager will work under the direction of the Value Chain Leader and will support Product Leaders as assigned. The Product Manager may also be directly responsible for a product or portfolio of products. 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. Product scope includes new and in-line products within specific Customer Business Lines (Diversified Brands, Biologics, Primary Care, Women's Health, Oncology, Immunology, Hospital & Specialty, or Vaccines).

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.
•Supports the supply chain design teams for new products including drug substance, drug product, and packaging source decisions. Supports or leads the supply chain working group (sub-team of IDST). Project manages launch preparation and execution for new products.
•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:

•Knowledge of "best practices" in Supply Chain Management
•Lean Six Sigma Certification
•Experience in leading cross functional teams or initiatives

Our employees are the key to our company's success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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