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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Specialist FP&A, R&D Oncology

Equipment/Technology Specialist

Equipment and Facilities Specialist


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Our Finance team brings together our financial perspectives into our overall strategic and tactical decision making. We use state-of-the-art techniques for financial analysis, planning, accounting, reporting and performance evaluation. This allows the organization to continue advancing medical innovation and improve lives.

Our Research & Development Division drives breakthrough science through drug discovery, development and clinical evaluation that radically changes approaches to medical need. Finance is a trusted business partner, playing a critical role in ensuring effective resource utilization to achieve this mission. This is a unique opportunity to gain exposure and contribute to the R&D engine that drives our Company’s biopharmaceutical business.

Position Description:

Under the guidance of the Oncology Collaborations Finance Associate Director, the Finance Senior Specialist will:

  • Lead and manage our relationships with assigned external Alliance partners.

  • Act as our primary Company Finance point of contact with multiple stakeholders including Global Project and Alliance Management, Product Development Team (PDT) Leaders, Alliance Managers, and Third-Party Partners.

  • Develop expense budgets, quarterly forecasts, and long-range operating plans in support of external and internal strategies.

  • Perform monthly close tasks, including preparing journal entries, reviewing actual results, providing variance commentary, analyzing spending trends.

  • Provide support for all internal and external governance interactions, including but not limited to Late Development Review Committee, Joint Finance Committee, Joint Development Committee and Joint Steering Committee.

  • Support project team decision making by providing relevant financial information and insight.

  • Ensure all accounting entries, payments, receipts, including milestones completed are accounted for appropriately according to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and internal and external accounting guidance.

  • Ensure internal control processes are maintained in accordance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act.

This is a unique opportunity to:

  • Gain end-to-end exposure of our Company's drug development process and the R&D pipeline while gaining relevant experience supporting clinical out of pocket spend for the Global Clinical Development department.

  • Influence and impact by helping clients navigate a world of almost limitless scientific opportunities with limited financial resources. A background in science is helpful but not necessary.

  • Further develop your creative thinking and problem-solving skills as many problems don’t have hard anchor points or routine analytical approaches.

  • Increase your network through engagement with both external and internal business partners (Project Mgmt., Procurement, GCTO, etc.)

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelors Degree in Business, Finance/Accounting, Science or Engineering.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 2 years of operations or Finance experience

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • MBA, CPA or other Masters/PhD in Business, Finance, Science or Engineering

  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to develop business operations models

  • Strong financial acumen

  • Proactive approach to problem solving

  • Results and process-driven orientation

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work in a challenging and complex environment

  • Demonstrated ability to influence, build and maintain diverse client and peer relationships

  • Sound and balanced judgment, with the ability to assess and handle risk

  • Excellent communications skills

  • Strong computer skills especially working with Excel, SAP, BPC and Power BI

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.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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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.

Under New York City, Washington State and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$97,680.00 - $153,700.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here.

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Employee Status:



No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:



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Requisition ID:R229256