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Merck & Co, Inc

Director, Data Product Owner


Data Analyst


Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The Director, Data Product Owner role will work within the Human Health Insights, Analytics and Data area to use and apply data to produce actionable insights that drive greater customer and market understanding to inform launch brand strategies, help meet in-line brand growth objectives, and achieve improved customer engagement. They will be an integral part in helping to facilitate the creation of actionable commercial use-cases that create ‘data-driven’ decisions, that leverage knowledge across the organization and be more relevant to the customer.

The preferred candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, understanding of healthcare & technology, a demonstrated record of leading multiple delivery teams to derive actionable insights from analytics. The candidate will also lead the identification & use of new customer data sources to influence marketing strategy and identify data driven opportunities in these key growth areas. They will have demonstrated consistently strong leadership skills, an ability to work independently and deal well with ambiguity and strong collaboration skills. They will empower a growth mindset and inspire a culture of continual learning. This role will require interfacing and collaborating with many teams throughout a lot of our company's markets and so effective communication skills are necessary.

Individuals who will thrive in this role are motivated by developing a deep understanding of pharma secondary data sources and possess an ability to define and translate objectives and business questions into analytical problems that require advanced and scalable analytical solutions that produce actionable insights.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assume Product Owner responsibilities for the patient insight engine product

  • Coordinate with stakeholders by clarifying requirements and keeping them informed of progress.

  • Collaborate with ScrumMaster to provide leadership and clarity to Data development staff consisting of internal and contractor team members.

  • Plan short and long-term milestones that adhere to business targets

  • Oversee roll-out plans including change management, training and adoption, and process improvement.

  • Drive both ground-truth labeling as well as model development from a combined business and technical perspective.

  • Motivate, inspire, and guide the team to deliver timely, high-quality results.

  • Thoroughly understand the assigned internal client’s/stakeholder's business needs/priorities and helps to build analyses that support business objectives by delivering actionable insights.

  • Intake resourcing requests from Delivery Leads and facilitate appropriate project and resource planning

  • Track and report current and forecasted utilization

  • Be accountable for ensuring delivery of analyses with high quality standards, timeliness compliance, and excellent user experience (routinely keep client base updated on progress).

  • Communicate intensively with other platform/competencies to understand current trends/ methodologies being implemented/considered within the company ecosystem and bring innovative ideas forward that will enhance analytic capabilities of the organization.

  • Contribute to innovative experiments, specifically to idea generation, idea incubation and/or experimentation, identifying tangible and measurable criteria.

  • Where applicable, collaborate and partner throughout the organization to identify, share and lead the sourcing of externally available data sources based on the business needs, and execution of specific business objectives.


  • A minimum of Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) in Data Science, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, IT, or an equivalent scientific/commercial discipline. Masters/PhD preferred.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Minimum of 7 plus years of life sciences knowledge delivering actionable analytical insights that drive positive business results.

  • Working knowledge leading multiple delivery teams in an agile structure reporting to senior leadership. Skills in doing similar things at a consulting or analytics services organization is a plus.

  • Providing actionable insights through analytics to commercial franchise brands at various stages of product life cycle (development, launch, maturity, end of life cycle).

  • Analytical knowledge and skills in driving actionable insights from data in one or more of the following therapeutic areas: Oncology, Vaccines, HIV, Acute Care. Anesthesia, Neurology, Immunology, Cardiovascular, Metabolic.

  • Proficiency formulating business questions based upon client insight requirements.

  • Developing both machine learning and descriptive algorithms/modeling using such languages as Python, R and SAS etc.

  • Comfortable formulating actionable insights and recommendations from commercial analytics into presentations (using PowerPoint, Tableau, etc.) and presenting results to various levels of franchise management.

  • Proven data science experience leveraging advanced statistical methods, Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing (NLP) modeling and model evaluation is a plus.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse groups of work colleagues and positively manage ambiguity.

  • Self-motivation, proactivity, and ability to work independently with minimum direction.

  • Proven knowledge of business processes and industry/market trends within the pharmaceutical/healthcare space.

  • Excellent business acumen, with proven ability to understand business processes and commercial strategies in detail – both at global and region/country levels – and translate these into detailed business requirements/questions that power analytics.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, along with the ability to communicate appropriately and confidently with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and seniority levels.

  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to navigate a complex matrix environment and organize/prioritize work efficiently and effectively.

  • Proven record of accomplishment regarding successful completion of multi-stakeholder projects necessitating coordination cross-functionally between several departments.

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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Flex Time, Hybrid


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Requisition ID:R205169