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Merck & Co, Inc

Director, Data & Business Analytics

Business Development



Rahway, New Jersey, United States

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.

Position Description:

We are seeking a Director of Business Analytics to help lead the development of applications that deliver data driven insights and improved business outcomes.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Research & Development Division, IT Engineering Services , this position will work closely with directors and executives across our Research & Development Division organization to understand key business problems and develop appropriate analytical approaches and models. This position will lead the overall strategy, design, & architecture for solutions to meet analytical needs and is accountable for driving excellence in the delivery and support of analytics.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Deeply understand pharmaceutical development to collaborate with leaders in identifying opportunities to where fact-based analysis and advanced analytics can drive improved compliance, quality, and operational decision-making

  • Prioritize projects against clear business objectives and ensure solutions deliver business value

  • Partner with BTPs to define business outcomes and identify where analytics can improve/transform the business

  • Partner with the data engineering team to deliver fit for purpose data platforms and applications for robust core reporting and scalable ad hoc and self-service analytics

  • Create a data enabled value vision and strategy by means of the organization’s data assets and data ecosystem.

  • Establish data and analytics governance and enable all forms of business outcomes through analytics, render insights for decision making, automated decisions and augmentation of human performance.

  • Provide leadership to manage data as a business asset and to maximize the return on data assets.

  • Develop methods to ensure consistent application and use of analytics. Establish the governance of data and algorithms used for analysis, analytical applications and automated decision making.

  • Foster the creation of a data-driven culture, related competencies and data literacy across our Research & Development Division IT CRWEG teams.

  • Builds strong cross functional relationships with various business stakeholders and IT teams.

  • Stay informed on industry BI/Analytics and best-in-class practices

  • Provide thought leadership on all matters related to BI and Analytics and continually improve data literacy across the organization

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and Science OR in a related field

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 10 years of business experience, with 3+ years of experience in a business analytics or similar role

  • Hands on analytical experience with a proven track record of results

  • Strong problem-solving skills with a pragmatic approach to addressing challenges

  • Product management and ownership skills and ability to coach teams on the product model execution

  • Ability to lead and manage multiple teams and projects without direct positional authority

  • Ability to effectively drive business, culture and technology change in a dynamic and complex operating environment.

  • Broad experience desired, but not essential, in multiple competency areas of data and analytics delivery. Examples are data warehousing, business intelligence (BI), data governance, data architecture, data integration, data classification, data strategy, data quality management, data security and privacy, MDM, data standards, regulatory compliance and enterprise architecture frameworks.

  • Experience with cloud platforms, such as AWS or Azure

  • Drive for results augmented by strong planning and organization skills

  • Collaborates effectively with and through others to achieve shared goals

  • Demonstrates ethics and integrity

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Advanced degree in analytics or information systems

  • Experience with visualization platforms, e.g. Spotfire, Qlik, Tableau, PowerBI, and other analytical tools (SQL, ETL scripts, data warehousing, NoSQL)

  • Understanding of data architecture principles and experience in solving data quality issues

  • Experience with GxP systems and information standards

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe

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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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.

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Requisition ID:R229287