2019 Global Indirect Sourcing & Procurement Intern

Requisition ID: ADM009898

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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its¬ legacy for over a century. Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

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 will have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.


Intern positions generally last 10-12 weeks and will include one or more projects.

Indirect Sourcing & Operations is responsible for conducting strategic sourcing initiatives across the following categories for all divisions and functions of the company ‚€“ Marketing, Travel & Meetings (Sourcing & Operations), Logistics, Technology, Corporate Services, Site Services, Fleet (Sourcing & Operations) and Externalization.¬ Strategic Supplier Management is a rigorous, data-driven methodology which relies upon high quality market intelligence for suppliers, supply markets and supply chains, as well as data analysis and reporting of internal business requirements, supplier performance, spend and savings data.

General Responsibilities:

  • Support strategic and operating objectives for the procurement function including product sourcing, supply risk management, supplier performance improvement, cost reduction, supplier diversity development, working capital improvement, and supplier relationship management

  • Work with cross functional teams including Legal, Finance, Procure-to-Pay, internal stakeholders, and external suppliers

  • Conduct detailed market analyses looking at facts and data, with the objective of providing deep and meaningful insights

  • Implement procurement efforts and execute tactical procurement processes. Serve as a resource regarding processes, procedures and systems for procurement function.

  • Support selection of suppliers to ensure appropriate savings and service levels. Ensure that all legal contract requirements are met. Manage relationships with external contacts to ensure optimal team performance and to take appropriate actions by implementing contract negotiation, communication with suppliers and/or or modifying procedure to ensure customer satisfaction.

  • Enforce compliance with all Global Procurement policies and procedures by using a data driven business case approach.¬ 

This is a full- time internship position. Housing subsidy is not available as part of this program and must be funded 100% by the student.



  • Candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate sophomore or junior student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in business (such as Finance or Management), Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing, Data Analytics or a Science-related discipline (Engineering, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Bioengineering) or in an MBA program.

  • The candidate should be able to work full time for 9-12 weeks during the summer of 2019

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates must have superior interpersonal skills with the demonstrated ability to work successfully on cross functional teams

  • Candidates must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills including ability to make clear and concise presentations

  • Candidates must have strong data collection, analysis and reporting skills

  • Candidates must have excellent project management skills

  • Candidates must have ability to work independently with a high degree of flexibility and adaptability to deal with ambiguous and dynamic situations

  • Candidates must have be a quick learner and motivated to cultivate technical, business and commercial skills by applying their knowledge within Merck's environment

  • Candidates must have proficiency in Microsoft office suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)

  • Candidates must have demonstrate excellent academic achievement

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have prior pharmaceutical industry experience or any fortune 500 company experience.¬ 

  • Candidates should have experience with using SharePoint or other similar collaboration websites

  • Candidates should have experience with TIBCO Spotfire or other data analytic/visualization tools

  • Candidates should have experience with using Excel to manage large data sets

  • Candidates should have ¬ knowledge of data collection methods (polls, focus groups, surveys)


Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.¬ 


If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to¬ staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully:¬ 

Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.¬  Please, no phone calls or emails.¬  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck.¬  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means.


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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