MRO Sourcing Manager for the Americas, Merck KGaA
Andi St. Pierre is currently the MRO Sourcing Manager for the Americas at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (supporting businesses of EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma, and EMD Electronics in the U.S.), the oldest pharmaceutical company in the world at 353 years! Andi has experienced an exciting career in Procurement including sourcing raw materials, packaging, and chemicals, negotiating contracts for toll processing services, and contract manufacturing along with many other Procurement activities.
In her time with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, she has developed a love for sustainable sourcing, which led her to implementing a conflict minerals and palm oil sourcing strategy. This enthusiasm for sustainability in Procurement has led her to teaching the Sustainable Sourcing Business in Practice (BiP) course.
Course Description: Sustainable Sourcing
The Sustainable Sourcing class will take UNH Paul College students on a journey to discuss the different responsibilities and ethical dilemmas posed when sourcing goods and services through the Procurement department. When faced with ambiguity, and evolving industry standards, how do you determine the right thing to do? What decisions must you make to keep your business running, while also being aware of environmental, social, and economic factors?
Student teams will work with a client to perform a Supplier Risk Assessment to analyze and measure Financial Stability, Geo-political Standing, Compliance, Operational Excellence, and Sustainability within the client’s suppliers. This experience will challenge students to discuss these topics, along with other current events, to understand Procurement’s crucial role in a company’s supply chain while maintaining a high level of sustainability.