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Student Placement - Procurement

Start Date: Summer 2021

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We offer exciting 12-month placement opportunities for university students approaching their penultimate study year and who are looking for an industry placement as part of their degree. A placement with us will give you the opportunity to collaborate alongside subject matter experts, bring your own ideas and share real responsibility whilst delivering on meaningful projects that help on our mission to save and improve lives, all whilst working alongside a passionate, diverse and inclusive workforce.

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Who we are…

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 over 70,000 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 over 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

We are officially certified by the Top Employer Institute and been awarded the exclusive Top Employer United Kingdom Certification for the third year running.

Job Description:

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organisation. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Our Sourcing team partner with the business to ensure efficient acquisition of goods and services that enables the commercialisation of our medicines, vaccines and Animal Health products. We collaborate internationally and are grouped into center-led categories and regional operating teams.

We are seeking a placement student to join our UK Procurement team which looks after the Sourcing needs of the MSD Human Health Division for UK and Ireland. We report into the European Major Markets team, which in turn reports into the Global Procurement organisation, centred in the USA.

We are responsible for Human Health activities which require the use of third parties. We work closely with the business to assist with their sourcing of Marketing Services including the move to more Digital communication channels, Human Resources, Clinical services, Patient Support Programmes and Market Research. However, we are also involved in activities that involve Travel, Site Services, Fleet, Mobile Services etc in combination with our Regional and Global procurement colleagues.

We manage day to day transactional activities relating to contracting, vendor management and due diligence as well as the more strategic elements of sourcing such as Strategy Development, Commercial tenders, Negotiations and Project implementation. No day is the same!

Duties

Day to day operational activities

  • Assist the team in completing daily operational activities e.g. vendor additions, order approvals, contract administration. You will learn how to use our SAP system and other bespoke MSD sourcing systems and processes
  • Assist our team communication plans where we promote our strategy, key projects and progress via presentations to our business stakeholders, updating our team SharePoint sites.

Sourcing & Project Assistance

  • Assist in managing sourcing projects. The aim would be for you to lead at least one project end-to-end
  • Assist in preparing stakeholder communications, Requests for Information (RFI), Tenders and pitch processes, negotiations and contracting. We work closely with other functions such as Human Resources, Legal, Finance, Compliance to meet these needs.

Drive a High Performing Procurement Organisation:

  • Monthly update of team metrics (Spend, Savings, Working Capital, Supplier Diversity)
  • Review and Improvement of Procurement Processes & local Policies and Procedures.

Technical Specifications

  • You will be looking to complete a 12-month placement in your third or penultimate year of study, returning to your course at the end of the placement
  • Studying towards a STEM degree (or equivalent qualification)
  • Have an interest in working in business / supply chain and / or the Pharmaceutical industry
  • We work a lot with spreadsheets, so a good working knowledge of Excel is useful
  • Demonstrates numerical and analytical ability
  • Be organised, able to prioritise and multitask – we are a busy team and there is lots going on all the time.

Qualities we look for

  • Operates with a high level of integrity, transparency and accountability
  • Comprehends and aligns with our organisation’s core values
  • Aligns and fosters a culture of diversity and inclusivity
  • Demonstrates initiative, proactivity and academic curiosity
  • Encourages and boosts their colleagues through teamwork
  • Demonstrates clear and effective communication, we work cross functionally and partner with other teams. Good working relationships are important
  • Demonstrates a desire to learn and improve their performance through feedback
  • Our work is flexible so we can tailor work to suit the person. If you want a role that will enable you to grow in remit as you learn more and gain in confidence, then we can provide this
  • Learns from and helps others overcome obstacles
  • Has a can-do attitude, anticipates problems and proposes solutions. Uses initiative to solve problems.

Intern Objectives and Responsibilities

Day to day operational support

  • Provide team support for daily operational activities e.g. vendor additions, order approvals, contract administration. You will learn how to use our SAP system and other bespoke MSD sourcing systems and processes.
  • Support our team communication plans where we share our strategy, key projects and progress via presentations to our business stakeholders, updating our team SharePoint sites.

Sourcing & Project support

  • Support the Procurement team in managing sourcing projects. The aim would be for you to lead at least one project end-to-end.
  • Support team in preparing stakeholder communications, Requests for Information (RFI), Tenders and pitch processes, negotiations and contracting. We work closely with other functions such as Human Resources, Legal, Finance, Compliance to meet these needs.

Drive a High Performing Procurement Organisation:

  • Monthly update of team metrics (Spend, Savings, Working Capital, Supplier Diversity)
  • Review and Improvement of Procurement Processes & local Policies and Procedures.

Start Date

Summer 2021

How to apply:

Please complete the online application form and attach an editable CV and cover letter (not a PDF, please submit the CV and cover letter as 1 document).

In your cover letter we would encourage you to answer the following questions; Why are you applying to our company and why are you applying for this role?

Additionally, you may include any additional information you feel further supports your application.

Maximum word count for your cover letter: 300 – 400 words. Please do not exceed this.

Our recruitment process for this role is: An online application, an online assessment, a telephone interview and then a final virtual assessment.

Deadline for applications:

We assess applications on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. This role will be removed once this position has been filled.

Other important information

Our presence in the UK goes back a long way. For over 80 years, we’ve been researching, developing and supplying new medicines and vaccines that prevent and treat diseases that occur at every stage of life.

Today we're one of the top five biopharmaceutical companies in the UK and employ over 2,000 people across five sites in Hertfordshire, Northumberland, Buckinghamshire, Edinburgh and London.

How are we adjusting our hiring process with COVID-19?

Our key priorities during the current COVID-19 outbreak are both maintaining supply of critical medicines to our patients and ensuring the health and safety of our employees and candidates. In support of Government measures to limit the spread of infection, we have therefore developed a new flexible, virtual route for candidates applying and interviewing for our open roles.

Equal Opportunities

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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 organisation. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

INVENT.

IMPACT.

INSPIRE.

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