Associate Principal Scientist, Vendor Management - Merck - West Point, PA

Job Description Our Research Scientists are our Inventors. We identify and target steps in disease mechanisms or pathways that could be inhibited or enhanced. Our goal is to isolate a compound that is effective against a disease target. Using innovative thinking, state-of-the-art facilities and robust scientific methodology we collaborate to discover the next medical breakthrough. Our company is on a quest for cures and is committed to be the world’s premier, research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Our Research Division is a scientific research facility and will take our company's leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. We are currently seeking a Associate Principal Scientist to be an integral part of a Vendor Management and Compliance team in our company's translational medicine molecular biomarker and diagnostic area. You will serve as a functional interface between internal project teams and our molecular biomarker and diagnostic vendors. Your responsibilities will include maintaining a high level of vendor productivity, proactively assessing new capabilities and technologies, participating in external vendor audits and due diligence, ensuring both internal and external compliance, and managing invoicing and budgets. You will also closely partner with internal scientists and alliance and relationship managers, as well as colleagues in our company's Licensing, Procurement, Finance, and Quality Assurance departments. This position will report into the molecular biomarker Vendor Management and Compliance Leader and be based either at our company's Pennsylvania or New Jersey site. You will have experience in molecular biomarkers and demonstrated success in vendor management. You will have strong verbal and written communication skills and be expected to operate in a highly collaborative and matrixed environment. You will excel under fast-paced and fluid conditions and be a strong advocate for operational excellence. In this exciting role, you will: Ownership to ensure assigned vendor deliverables and timelines are clear, resources are appropriately planned and managed, communications are effective, risk management plans are in place, and information is accurately tracked and accessible. Work with vendors to continuously improve their level of service Identify, troubleshoot, and solve operational issues Collect metrics on vendor performance and develop action plans when needed Ensure vendor agreements and other appropriate vendor documents are in place Manage budget forecasts, tracking, and invoice payments Guarantee vendor capacity meets demand Assess and pilot new vendors, capabilities and technologies Participate in external vendor audits and due diligence Ensure both internal and external compliance Monitor processes and identify opportunities for improvement Maintain effective communication and working relationships with project team members, vendors and other internal Qualifications Education Minimum Requirement: BA/BS in a scientific or technological field of study Required Experience and Skills: For BA/BS: 6 plus years of scientific related job experience For MS or higher degree: 3 plus years of scientific related job experience Project Management experience within the Science realm (or relative realm) Preferred Experience and Skills: Molecular biomarker and diagnostic experience Drug discovery experience, including familiarity with clinical trial execution Vendor Management experience Formal Project Management certification or training Leadership roles We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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. 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. INVENT. IMPACT. INSPIRE. NOTICE FOR INTERNAL APPLICANTS In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions. If you have been offered a separation benefits package but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com

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