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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director HPV 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.

In alignment with our company strategy to leverage Digital, Data, and Analytics Human Health has launched the HH Digital, Data and Analytics (HHDDA) organization, in support of its aspiration to become the premier data-first commercial biopharma organization by 2023. This central organization is focused on the application of data, analytics, and insights across the end-to-end commercialization process, to drive data-driven decision making, on behalf of our patients and customers.

As HHDDA continues its transformation, to bring premier capabilities to Human Health, we are seeking a dynamic talent for the role of Associate Director of HPV Vaccines Market Research.

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 include but are not limited to the following:

Independently leads working team of internal stakeholders and market research supplier to deliver customer insights:

  • 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.


  • BA/BS

  • Preferred: MBA/MS


  • 3-5 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.

  • Valid driver’s license as travel between sites is expected.


  • 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.


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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.

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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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