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Merck Director, Planning Portfolio Lead | Global Clinical Supplies in Olympia, Washington

Job Description

Summary, Focus and Purpose

Reporting to Top Management of Department in one of the Therapeutic Areas or Planning Execution & Inventory Management. The Director, Planning Portfolio Lead | Global Clinical Supplies will have responsibility to manage a Team of Clinical Supply Planning Managers (CSPM) responsible for supporting clinical supply programs, protocols and/or inventory. Responsibilities may also include assignments of varying phase, complexity, priority & involvement with external collaboration partners.

Key Functions

  • Manages, directs, and influences clinical supply planning strategy, design and execution for multiple highly complex programs ensuring scientific consistency and quality development across multiple key clinical programs within a Portfolio

  • Accountable to Senior Management for communication of progress, status updates, mitigation plans and escalation of issues for clinical supply deliverables across the portfolio for Phase I thru Phase IV including IIS and collaborative studies

  • Facilitates strategic and operational input, maintenance and continued evaluation of clinical supply chain plans across programs

  • Partners with key stakeholders to align with the vision and strategy and to ensure clinical supply timelines and deliverables are met across programs (including joint ventures, collaborations, due diligence, etc.)

  • Partners with key stakeholders on leadership teams to build alliances, drive the direction of the business, leverage best practices, and develop leading indicator values for risk, change control, and business continuity

  • Keeps abreast of pharmaceutical industry best practices, regulatory and GMP requirements and corporate strategies that impact the organization

  • Manages the multi-million dollar clinical supply drug product budget across the assigned Portfolio

  • Works cross-functionally with Clinical Research and Operations, Business Analytics, Finance, and other critical stakeholders to support the needs, influence and drive business performance, and ensure effective planning strategies for clinical supplies

  • Responsible for resource management and deployment for the Portfolio, including hiring and staffing

  • Determines resource needs through the review of authorized and anticipated clinical development activities and applied knowledge of functional area and/or specific resource demands

  • Manages and provides feedback and developmental opportunities for direct reports and staff | Provides mentoring for planning managers and team leads

  • Functions as representative or leads cross-functional /cross-divisional projects and initiatives

  • Coach and mentor staff in the nuances of managing a development project: management of team dynamics, understanding stages of development and how functional inputs interact to ensure project progression, coaching on company processes relating to development team management, PM skills, and team management | Strengthen messaging via exhibition of Company Leadership Behaviors.

  • Work to ensure that PM best practices are being employed across projects

  • Participate in continuous improvement projects that require extensive product development experience and understanding of company procedures and policies, and which significantly impact the work and/or effectiveness of PM

  • Projects can relate to optimizing PM capabilities, systems, and operations (e,g., leading efforts to improve planning systems/platforms, etc.) or to improving the functioning of teams and/or development processes | Efforts may be within GCS or cross functional to assist other partner areas with their process improvement needs


  • Bachelor degree with fifteen years or Master degree with twelve plus years or relevant career experience


  • Pharmaceutical and/or clinical drug development experience

  • Principled verbal, written communications and presentation skills

  • Project management, and computer/database management skills

  • People management and strong leadership skills


  • Extensive experience with the planning and execution of strategies for pharmaceutical drug/vaccine product registration and commercialization/life-cycle management (can be R&D, manufacturing or commercial perspective), with demonstrated ability to translate knowledge and expertise to other development teams and areas

  • Creative analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Motivational and strategic driven interpersonal skills as well as ability to negotiate, resolve conflicts and engage in decision making

  • Well-developed and effective team facilitation and able to establish cooperative team environments

  • Ability to partner and influence across functional areas and organizations

  • Knowledge of order management, supply chain operations and document control

  • Above average proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications

  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks at one time and meet key deadlines

  • Familiarity with GMP requirements | Quality procedures and SOP execution

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high-quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Expected salary range:

$143,100.00 - $243,400.00

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No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Remote Work


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Requisition ID: R211673