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Merck & Co, Inc

Director, Human Health Forecasting (Vaccines) ( MERCUSR114525ENUS)

Human Resources

Human Resources Assistant



Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Our Marketing team are passionate about bringing our medicines and vaccines to our customers around the world. Through digital listening and patient analytics, we are able to understand our customers’ needs and strive to provide solutions to meet them.

Global Vaccines Human Health Forecasting (HHF) is a headquarters-based function encompassing long-range pharmaceutical from in-line vaccines to pipeline programs. Assets include early and late stage molecules in clinical development and marketed. Forecasting deliverables feed pan divisional planning and decision making for functional areas such as finance, manufacturing, product development and commercial. In addition to ensuring a high quality deliverable, the role requires driving synergies across divisions, fostering innovation and best practices, creating solutions to bring speed, scalability and shareability to our planning processes, and instilling trust and confidence across all our company divisions (Human Health, Manufacturing, MRL, and Corporate).

Long-range (strategic) forecasting for vaccines spans the entire lifecycle, from early clinical development through launch, commercialization and end of lifecycle (LOE). Forecasts are regularly updated to support planning and investment decisions based on both external and internal events, often directed by standardized governance reviews and established budget processes. The geographic scope of forecasting focus on vaccine priority markets. Forecast horizons are typically 5 to 10 years for in-line compounds, through LOE for early clinical compounds. Continued partnership with MVLOFT for launch vaccines for scale and automation.

Human Health Forecasting must collaborate with numerous centers of expertise such as brand marketing, CORE, data and analytics, market access and pricing, finance, supply chain planning and other stakeholders to ensure comprehensive valuations are conducted, socialized, and properly embedded within our planning processes to ensure reliable investment decisions.

The Vaccine HH forecast team is globally deployed across the U.S. and India. The team size is roughly 10 people.

In order to ensure and improve quality and efficiency, key initiatives include adopting greater automation, standardization and process improvements elevating our forecasting deliverables to highlight source, overall quality and forecast certainty.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Lead a high-performance team in alignment with our Company’s core business needs and strategic objectives.

  • Strong vaccine knowledge and ability to guide forecast methodology, develop key forecast assumptions, and lead efforts to anticipate and plan for potential future market landscapes highlighting risks and opportunities.

  • Integrate advanced analytics capabilities in an easy to understand manner to drive strategic decisions.

  • Continually work towards greater cross-functional and divisional trust and collaboration in the areas of forecasting and analytics.

  • Foster and support a learning culture that strives for greater quality, efficiency and innovation ultimately improving team productivity and work product.

  • Prioritize and manage complex forecasting projects with little to no guidance.

  • Effectively demonstrate leadership skills consistent with our company Leadership Standards.

  • Advise HH forecasting leaders on capabilities, process simplifications and collaborations that will further improve team productivity and work product.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree required

  • MS/MA/MBA degree, in marketing or analytic field (e.g., Statistics, OR, Finance, etc.) preferred

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Proven ability to work collaboratively across large & diverse functional teams

  • Demonstrated leadership experience in delivering complex solutions, driving decision making and influencing perspectives supported with sound analytics

  • Ability to manage in ambiguous environments, and to adapt to the changing needs of the business

  • Proven ability to analyze and reliably translate key product attributes into robust forecast assumptions.

  • Strong knowledge of long and short-range forecasting techniques, software and quantitative problem solving

  • Strong analytical skills; an aptitude for problem-solving and strategic thinking

  • Ability to synthesize complex information into clear and actionable recommendations

  • Proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, Word and forecasting tools/techniques

HHDI 2020

Our Human Health Division maintains a “patient first, profits later” ideology. The organization is comprised of sales, marketing, market access, digital analytics and commercial professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing our medicines to our customers worldwide.

Who we are …

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 …

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:R114525