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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director, Data Product Owner


Data Analyst


Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

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.

We are seeking a talented, motivated, and self-motivated professional to join our Com’s Human Health Insights, Analytics and Data (HHIAD) organization and play an active

role in our Company's Human Health transformation journey to become the premier “Data First” commercial biopharma organization. As a Data Product Owner, you will be part of the HHIAD Data Solutions team where you will shape the strategy, direct scoping/planning, oversee execution and ensure value realization of data products to enable data science & analytics products and use cases.

In this role, you will leverage strategic thinking, technical knowledge, product management skills, creativity, and knowledge of biopharmeutical data landscapes to partner with HHIAD delivery functions (e.g., data science, visualization, and centers of excellence) and IT teams, develop the product strategy and roadmap, steer cross-functional agile teams/pods and deliver best-in-class data products. In this capacity, you will have the opportunity to drive business value by enabling data-driven insights and decision making across our Company’s commercial division.

Your specific tasks will include:

  • Translating problems, needs and opportunities into product vision, strategy, and roadmap artifacts, aligned with therapeutic areas and/or strategic initiatives across the HHIAD organization

  • Driving and facilitating meetings and workshops with stakeholders and senior principals, collect pain-points and opportunities, design and prioritize data product features, and shape the product roadmap to drive execution and delivery

  • Implement robust refinement practices and customer feedback loops to ensure features and services delivered are aligned with business/user needs

  • Apply in-depth knowledge of biopharma marketing/commercial analytic problems, methods, data domains/landscapes and industry trends

  • Direct design, prioritization, and delivery of data products through the software development lifecycle, from concept to testing, deployment, adoption and value realization

  • Create and manage epics and user stories to ensure delivery teams have well-groomed and prioritized backlogs to meet product objectives, execute on the product roadmap and deliver high-quality, thoroughly tested data products

  • Drive value-based prioritization of work, manage release scoping in alignment with stakeholders and ensure customer expectations are managed optimally

  • Apply management skills in facilitating discussions, resolving conflicts and reaching consensus, leading by example and through appreciation

  • Work objectively under minimal guidance, ensuring alignment with management teams.


  • B.S. or M.S. in Engineering or related field, such as Computer Science, Data Science, Business, etc.

Position Knowledge:

  • Minimum 7 years of relevant working knowledge, with demonstrated Product Ownership experience developing data and analytics capabilities in an Agile framework

  • Knowledge of working in the pharmaceutical/healthcare/life sciences industry, demonstrating strong knowledge of commercial and marketing analytic domains, as well as relevant datasets and data landscapes (both US and Global)

  • Knowledge of data engineering capabilities and data science lifecycle; working with data scientists, reporting/visualization developers and data analytics

  • Knowledge with Cloud-based data & analytics solutions (AWS preferred, or equivalent)

  • Relevant knowledge of Product Management frameworks/methodologies and System Development Life Cycle

  • Excellent stakeholder management and communication skills, with the ability to quickly establish credibility and trust with a variety of stakeholders

  • Influencing skills, with demonstrated ability to set direction and direct//motivate teams

Preferred Knowledge:

  • Agile Certifications

  • AWS Cloud Certifications

Our Quantitative Sciences team use big data to analyze the safety and efficacy claims of our potential medical breakthroughs. We review the quality and reliability of clinical studies using deep scientific knowledge, statistical analysis, and high-quality data to promote decision making in clinical trials.

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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Expected salary range:

$129,800.00 - $220,500.00

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Requisition ID:R207813