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Merck Associate Director, IT Animal Health Risk Liaison in Branchburg, New Jersey

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

Given the exponentially increasing cyber security threat and complexity of those threats (including espionage, criminals, hacktivists, and internal threats), the demands of the information security risk management organization have increased dramatically. Worldwide governmental legislation and regulatory risk is increasing (ex. President Obama's Cyber security executive order and EU Privacy laws). In response, and as a critical component of the IT transformation, the ITRMS has consolidated security activities across IT and is designing a new organization that requires leadership positions with large scope & responsibility.

The Animal Health Liaison role will be responsible for fostering a strong culture of information risk management and security across Animal Health and provide world class services and expertise that allow the business to operate in a risk informed and risk adjusted environment. This role will assist in the creation of a comprehensive approach to anticipate, identify, prioritize, manage and monitor business information risks impacting Animal Health. The role will work with global IT functional and country Client Service Leaders (CSL) and business leadership to understand the business objectives and priorities in which to focus.

Primary responsibilities are required, but not limited to:

  • Driving adherence to Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) with relation to critical systems

  • Guide Divisional IT Teams in the compliance of company policies, procedures and external regulations.

  • Performing analysis to determine gaps in the security controls

  • Focusing on IT risks that affect the highest priority risks in the division

  • Providing risk based input for effective decision making on resource & investment allocations

  • Working with the division to ensure laws, regulations, policies and key controls are satisfied

  • Avoid, Mitigate & Reduce regulatory, security and policy compliance risks

  • Support a positive culture change through continuous monitoring, awareness, education, partnering with industry standard leaders and promoting best practices

  • Ensuring the division creates Business Continuity Plans for the most critical systems

  • Internal Audit (including SOX 404 Testing) Monitoring and Response Guidance

  • Providing support of the Crown jewel Program

  • Engaging with Divisional IT Leadership Team

Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor degree or greater in Information Technology, Computer Science, Management, Business or equivalent is required.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Exp in cyber or risk management

  • Solid working knowledge of Cyber security tools and processes

  • Strong background of in manufacturing risk management

  • Superior collaboration skills and communications skills

  • Ability to collaborate well in a matrix environment, ‘enterprise leader’

  • Significant experience in leading cross-functional project teams with limited direct line responsibility

  • Project Management certification preferred

  • Ability to manage through complexity and ambiguity

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • CISA or Risk certification credentials desired but not mandatory

  • Prefer IT background in infrastructure, manufacturing or enterprise systems environment

  • Experience implementing systems utilizing SDLC methodology in a manufacturing environment

  • Technology road map development and implementation

  • Solid understanding of the protection of key business information assets

  • End to End mindset – a relentless ability to connect people, processes and information

  • Awareness of relevant industry business, information and technology trends, in and out of pharma

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

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. 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 69,000 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 our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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





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Requisition ID: R24510