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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director Market Research and Analytics - Oncology ( MERCUSR149485ENUS)

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director



North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

New Hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

Our Marketing team is 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.

The Market Research Associate Director will be a main point of contact for their assigned areas for the company's immuno-oncology product marketing / commercial team within the oncology franchise. The position will plan, prioritize, manage, and execute a scope of work in oncology market research that spans multiple indications and both pre- and post-launch. Responsible for providing strategic input to the extended global team via primary market research projects and secondary data analysis by proactively defining business questions and opportunities, identifying strategic insights, and recommending actionable business solutions.

The role requires a high degree of business acumen and strong understanding of both primary and secondary market research tools that support and influence brand and/ or customer strategy. Experience in oncology or other specialty areas, US, global, product launch, multiple customer segments is highly preferred.

This individual is expected to be an exceptional team player who can comfortably interact with and add value to the existing market research team as well as strategically partner with extended oncology team members including pricing and access, sales, promotion, and marketing. The Associate Director will demonstrate consistently strong leadership skills with an ability to work independently in a rapidly changing environment with a transformational mindset, cultural awareness, and resiliency to change that enables them to effectively produce results for individual areas of responsibility.

Key responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

  • Develop and oversee execution of an assigned portion of the global market research plan and timeline for all aspects of our immuno-oncology product with a strategic mindset and minimal supervision.

  • Leadership and/or involvement in primary market research projects for our immuno-oncology product including framing critical business questions, identification of information needs, identifying considerations from other data sources, development of research/ analysis plans and management of the research process to deliver an objective understanding of key customers, competitors, products and current/future market developments.

  • Implement market research studies and manage budget of projects; brief agencies to deliver what is required (e.g. objectives, timeline, compliance requirements, actionable insights and recommendations); understand vendor capabilities, quality requirements, and recommend innovative options.

  • Complete complex analyses using available secondary data, syndicated reports and databases and integrate findings into primary market research efforts to tell and evolve the "story".

  • Articulate the rationale, hypotheses, and methodology of research approaches to both the manager and the franchise/ client team proactively and ensure the business objectives are met and communicated in an effective way.

  • Proactively communicate and facilitate discussion with marketing/ commercial teams to ensure that insights are used in decision-making and planning; integrate a variety of sources/studies to present strategic options to the extended team; provide consultative guidance to marketing / commercial team(s).

  • Collaborate proactively with cross-functional business partners including marketing communications, market access, commercial team, and the advertising agency to ensure optimal integration activities.

  • Assist with analysis to inform the strategic assumptions that are built into brand forecasts and tracking of key performance indicators and benchmarking dashboards.

  • Independently manage competing priorities and demands from within a product team/ franchise in a fast-moving environment.

  • Take full ownership of understanding the business opportunity/ information needs, consider alternatives, propose appropriate method/ approach, apply best practices, and proactively consider and/or develop new techniques and innovations to meet objectives.

  • Work on and lead ad hoc franchise-wide initiatives as needed.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Required: BA/BS

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of five (5) years experience in pharmaceutical marketing/ market research

  • Past roles in market research, analytics, sales, forecasting, access and pricing, marketing or competitive intelligence

  • Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills; demonstrated ability to think strategically and objectively

  • Ability and comfort in prioritizing and managing multiple requests from both marketing points and extended team members

  • Ability to communicate effectively and a strong desire to lead change

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Oncology experience

  • Launch preparation experience

  • Familiarity with marketing strategy development

  • Strong leadership skills around customer focus, decision making, courage & candor, and collaboration/ team work

  • Solid project management skills

  • Ability to motivate without authority

  • Ability to work cross-functionally in fast paced environment

The preferred candidate will need to be on site in Kenilworth, NJ or Upper Gwynedd, PA two to three times a week.

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., Kenilworth, 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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Requisition ID:R149485