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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Specialist, Project Management




West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Position Description/Summary:

The Global Vaccines and Biologics Commercialization (GVBC) team within our Company Manufacturing Division focuses on late-stage process development, technology transfer, and in-line support of large molecules including vaccine and biologic therapeutic products. Our mission is to enable current and future compliant supply of our finest inventions to patients at a competitive cost through technical excellence.

The Project Manager will be a core member of process development and technology transfer teams at our company, leading project management efforts to deliver projects that improve human health and business. The individual will be responsible for leading project management efforts for pipeline, inline, and strategic operations across GVBC and ensuring the teams effectively executes against objectives. In addition to project work, the Sr. Specialist is expected to contribute to ongoing business process improvements.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain project schedules and critical project information, using project management tools to integrate activities across key functional areas, proactively identify risks, and ensure clear and effective communication with key team, management, and cross-departmental stakeholders.

  • Monitoring the achievement of progress compared to plans via engagement with sub-teams and key support functions. Monitoring activities to ensure all functions are adequately supporting project objectives and timeline.

  • Developing, utilizing, and deploying standard project management tools.

  • Leverage relationships and networks to improve and enhance team dynamics, with guidance from senior team members and team leads as needed, to proactively identify and remove obstacles to drive business results.

  • Prepare for and facilitate 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 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.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills:

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

  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in project management or a related role required.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to effectively accomplish goals in a team setting.

  • Technical understanding of the DP and DS commercialization process.

  • Ability to succeed in a dynamic environment with flexibility to respond to changing priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to create and analyze detailed, cross-functional project plans (including Gantt charting) and manage execution and change against those plans.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently to effectively accomplish goals in a team setting.

  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively across diverse teams and networks; able to foster cooperation in others, using the diverse perspectives of others to generate ideas.

  • Highly organized and capable of working with attention to detail; Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to build alignment around complex situations.

  • Digital tool competency MS Teams, Power BI, MS Project, Spotfire, Share Points.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience and knowledge of commercialization/life-cycle management strongly preferred.

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


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.

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:

$107,600.00 - $169,400.00

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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No relocation

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Requisition ID:R256272