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Merck Associate Project Management Director in North Wales, Pennsylvania

Job Description

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in customer facing commercial or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

Global Project and Alliance Management (GPAM) sits in the R&D organization at our company's Research Division. The Project, Portfolio and Alliance Managers in GPAM are core members of discovery, development, and alliance teams at our company. Project Managers drive these cross-functional teams to deliver projects and products that improve human health and our company's business, and Alliance Managers ensure successful collaborations with our R&D alliance partners. The Portfolio Managers within GPAM are responsible for driving and maintaining the individual Therapeutic Area strategies while ensuring alignment to the broader company Corporate strategy. In addition, GPAM includes a Project Management Office (PMO) which is responsible for the development, sustainment, and training of GPAM-owned systems, tools, and business processes as well as alignment with Finance, IT, and functional area operations groups within our company.

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Associate Project Management Director that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

The APMD is a core member of Early Development and/or Product Development Teams (EDTs and PDTs, respectively), partnering with team leaders to develop strategies, plan and execute our Company's drug and vaccine development and in-line portfolio efforts. Projects may be internal or part of alliance agreements with external research and development partners and is expected to provide project management leadership and to drive EDTs and PDTs, with sufficient influence and project management mastery to take on challenging assignments with minimal guidance.

The Associate Director may manage cross-functional, cross-divisional, and/or alliance governance committees and are expected to contribute to ongoing business process improvement and talent development in GPAM.

This position may be based in either Rahway NJ, Upper Gwynedd PA, Boston MA, San Francisco CA, or Philadelphia PA

Additional Key Responsibilities

  • Independently managing projects in any phase of development (discovery, preclinical, clinical, lifecycle management) in any therapeutic area, including molecular entities of any modality (small molecule, biologic, vaccine, combination product). Projects range in priority, pace, and complexity, and may include one or more alliance partners

  • Guiding teams through creation, management approval, execution, and termination/closeout of integrated project plans appropriate to the phase of development and complexity of the project | Integration of strategic and tactical input from diverse disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, pharmacology, clinical, regulatory, access, supply, and other areas), as applicable to the project

  • Contributing to, synthesizing, and articulating program strategy and translating it into implementation

  • Collaborating effectively with functional areas, support functions, and alliance partner functions (if applicable) to facilitate project delivery

  • Leveraging relationships and networks to improve and enhance team dynamics; proactively identifying and removing obstacles to drive business results

  • Providing company organizational and process expertise to enable teams to navigate development, corporate governance and business requirements

  • Ensuring project schedules and risk management plans are fully developed and updated, governance contracts are adhered to, change control procedures are followed, and communications within and from the team are clear and effective

  • Partnering with Finance to ensure resources/budgets are planned and managed | Tracking and managing partner activities that drive FTE expenses in development alliances, in partnership with the Alliance Manager

  • Preparing regular reports that summarize project status/issues and documents/presentations for senior management/governance committees/alliance committees

  • Maintaining accurate project data in enterprise project management systems and databases

  • Preparing for, facilitating, and documenting outcomes of team meetings, ensuring meetings have clear purpose and objectives and that conflict is surfaced and resolved

  • Providing mentoring, coaching, and oversight to Specialist and Senior Specialist project managers working on common projects | Sharing lessons learned and best practices to positively impact the GPAM community

  • Actively participating and completing ongoing training and personal development activities to increase leadership competency and to gain knowledge and skill in the discipline of project management and the business and science of pharmaceutical product discovery and development

  • Providing significant input into the monitoring of GPAM processes and tools used to support the teams, as appropriate; advocate for and contribute to the success of change / process improvements when warranted

Education

  • Bachelor degree required | Concentration in a scientific or applied discipline strongly preferred

Experience | Knowledge | Skills

Required

  • Work independently and as a Team member with Integrity | Precision | Accomplishment | Motivational Ambition | Respect | Inclusion

  • Five years in project management or a related role

  • Product development experience required; in a pharmaceutical / biotech industry preferred.

  • Demonstrated leadership and ethics; demonstrated ability to hold others accountable for delivery

  • Strong collaboration and problem-solving skills | Establish good working relationships with employees at all levels | Resolve conflict and provide feedback, and to devise and implement creative solutions to problems

  • Principled verbal and written communications

  • Ability to speak up appropriately and to raise issues to teams and management

  • Highly organized and capable of working with attention to detail. Able to relate project details to larger project objectives

Preferred

  • Background or experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries strongly preferred, including significant discovery or product development knowledge/exposure

  • Project management certification (PMP) and/or formal coursework/training in project management

Travel Requirements

  • 5-10%

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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.

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New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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Employee Status:

Regular

Relocation:

Domestic

VISA Sponsorship:

No

Travel Requirements:

10%

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Flex Time

Shift:

1st - Day

Valid Driving License:

No

Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings:

1

Requisition ID: R179865

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