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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director, Pneumococcal Franchise Vaccines

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director


North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our Marketing teams 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.

At our Company we are leveraging analytics and technology, as we invent for life on behalf of patients around the world. We are seeking those who have a passion for using data, analytics, and insights to drive decision making, that will allow us to tackle some of the world’s greatest health threats.

Within our Commercial Insights, Analytics, and Data organization we are transforming to better power decision-making across our end-to-end commercialization process, from business development to late lifecycle management. As we endeavor, we are seeking a dynamic talent for the role of Associate Director of Pneumococcal Vaccines

Position Description:

As a strategic partner to the business, the Associate Director, Market Research is responsible for understanding business challenges and managing market research to guide commercial decisions. This position will be responsible for a broad range of research activities, supporting the assigned therapeutic or business area for US & Global markets. This individual is expected to be collaborative and a strong team player, interacting with multiple internal and external groups, to influence decision-making for the teams they support, under the direction of their Team Leader. This role requires understanding of primary market research methodologies, syndicated reports and secondary data that can be leveraged for actionable recommendations.

A successful Associate Director will have demonstrated consistently strong leadership skills with an ability to work independently in a rapidly changing environment, while exhibiting a transformational mindset, managing competing priorities, and demonstrating resilience to effectively produce results

Primary activities may include, but are not limited to:

Under the guidance of the Team Leader, the Senior Specialists will manage all aspects of primary market research including:

  • Framing critical business questions to support team strategy.

  • Developing research/analysis plans.

  • Drafting requests for proposals and articulate the hypotheses to be tested.

  • Selecting appropriate agency partners.

  • Managing the research process to deliver an objective understanding of key customers, competitors, products and current/future market developments.

  • Adhering to compliance requirements.

  • Managing budgets and modifies plans/budgets as changing business needs warrant.

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • Required: BA/BS

  • Strongly Preferred: MBA/MS

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 5 years' experience in a market research role.

  • A total of 8+ years of relevant work experience in functions including sales, marketing, marketing/sales support, analytics or business analytics/finance.

  • Well-developed analytical skills, strong problem-solving and demonstrated ability to think strategically and objectively.

  • Has a mastery level in the full range of market research methodologies; able to coach/guide stakeholder in the application of market research methods and models.

  • Orientation toward collaboration/teamwork, ability to lead teams in execution of market research, interest in ongoing learning.

  • Ability to work independently, communicate effectively and a strong desire to lead change.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license as travel between sites is expected.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of Pharmaceutical Industry

  • Knowledge of the US Healthcare Environment

  • Experience in a large multi-national corporation

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 …

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.

Residents of Colorado

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For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico – Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) (“Customer-Facing Role”) who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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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.

Residents of Colorado:

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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No relocation

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Requisition ID:R212452