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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director, Clinical Supplies Quality (Hybrid)

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Position Overview

The Associate Director, Clinical Supplies Quality, Global Development Quality is responsible for disposition and support of Clinical Supply Chain for clinical development programs for our company's portfolio, specifically in terms of assuring the reliable availability, quality and regulatory compliance of clinical supplies produced. This position will have responsibility for support of US external quality operations and disposition, global distribution planning and management, and acquisition integration.

Primary Activities

This position will require an in-depth close collaboration with the key stakeholder groups including Global Clinical Supplies, Global Development Quality, Regulatory Affairs, and Global Clinical Trial Operations as well as multiple Quality Assurance sites and functions within the clinical supply chain. This position will also include navigating dynamic, high impact and high visibility situations on a regular basis in relation to ensuring that our company's clinical development portfolio/pipeline is not disrupted due to issues with clinical supplies.

In addition to the high-level responsibilities discussed above, the incumbent is expected to independently execute on the following:

  • Provision of in-depth technical and quality expertise regarding clinical supply operations and integration, Medical Device/Combination Products, and new technologies.

  • Development and execution of Quality and key stakeholder strategies, improvement initiatives in line with business drivers and objectives whilst streamlining processes and procedures and leveraging technology.

  • Evaluation and disposition of clinical supply materials with the assurance that the materials were produced in conformance to all applicable policies/procedures of our Company and compliance with all governing regulations.

  • Coordination and/or support the investigation of deviations and significant quality events.

  • Identification of trends and/or potential compliance gaps and proactively leading the resolution of significant issues affecting quality and ensuring reliable clinical supply chain.

Required Skills:

Primary skills include but are not limited to:

  • Strong technical expertise in R&D activities specifically related to clinical supplies; experience in Medical Device/Combination Products and New Technologies is preferred

  • Strong compliance knowledge and understanding of regulatory agency regulations and requirements including proficiency in interpreting and applying cGMPs to R&D environment

  • Demonstrated experience working with external parties and stakeholders; ability to interact with and influence stakeholder subject matter experts and senior leaders

  • Demonstrated knowledge of continuous improvement methodologies; ability to manage complex cross-functional initiatives

  • Demonstrated leadership, including strategy development / deployment and experience with tangible delivered benefits.

Required Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Scientific Discipline with 8+ years relevant experience within the pharmaceutical industry or Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) related field (including Technical, Engineering, Quality or Operations) or advanced Degree with 6+ years relevant experience.


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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 separationpackage, 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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Requisition ID:R269552