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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director, Project Management




North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Global Project and Alliance Management (GPAM) sits in the R&D organization at our company's (known as our Research Division). GPAM comprises several distinct groups, including Project Managers (this position), Discovery Project and Portfolio Managers, Alliance Managers, Project Management Office (PMO), and Administrative Professionals.

Position Description/Summary:

The GPAM Associate Director, Project Manager, is a core member of Early Drug Development and/or Late Drug Development Teams, partnering with team leaders to develop strategies and execute our Company's drug and vaccine development efforts to progress the R&D pipeline and realize its full potential. The Associate Director is expected to provide project management leadership and drive cross-functional teams with sufficient influence and mastery of project management to take on challenging assignments with minimal guidance. Projects could span any therapeutic areas in which our company is actively engaged. In addition to project work, the Associate Director is 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

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Managing the end-to-end drug development process, including projects of significant complexity; driving cross-functional teams and leading by influence to develop comprehensive strategies and ensure successful execution.

  • Act as enterprise leaders by guiding teams through the creation, approval, and execution of integrated project plans appropriate to the project's phase of development and complexity. This includes integrating strategic and tactical input from diverse disciplines (e.g., clinical, regulatory, market access, manufacturing, CMC, commercial, and other areas) as applicable to the project.

  • Building and maintaining project schedules and critical project information in enterprise project management systems and databases. Using these tools to integrate activities across key team members, proactively identify risks, and ensure clear and effective communication with key team, management, and cross-departmental stakeholders.

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

  • Navigating our company's process and organizational norms to enable teams to understand corporate governance and business requirements, thereby enabling decision-making.

  • Leading key team meetings including creating thoughtful agendas, ensuring appropriate participation, contributing project management insights, and following up to ensure the team continues to make progress while holding others accountable.

  • Participating in GPAM departmental initiatives and workstreams aimed at improving the way that we work and the way that we interact with one another as well as other departments. Improving business processes to find new efficiencies and connect people to the information that they need.

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

Required Education, Experience, and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; concentration in a scientific or applied discipline preferred

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in project management or a related role required

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

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Advanced degree (e.g., MS, MBA, Ph.D., PharmD) preferred

  • Experience and knowledge of clinical drug development strongly preferred; including the different phases of development and how the various functional areas contribute to a comprehensive strategy

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

Required Travel:

  • Minimal

Please note this position is not a 100% remote position.












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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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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Expected salary range:

$130,960.00 - $206,200.00

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Requisition ID:R226363