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Merck & Co, Inc

Product Analyst - Scientific Data Consumption (Remote)


Data Analyst


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We partner internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

The Product / Technical Analyst for Data Management Products will be part of the Scientific Data Consumption Product Line team. In this role, they will work with product teams, technical teams, SMEs and stakeholders to uncover, understand, and communicate user needs and assist in conducting product discovery activities for data products.

In this role, they will work closely with multi-disciplinary teams helping to solve complex data problems. They will have to understand and translate business needs into data standards. They will have to develop and maintain conceptual, logical data models along with corresponding vocabularies and ontologies where needed. Success will be the acceptance and adoption of the data models and data governance practices by project teams in R&D IT.

The Scientific Data Consumption Product Line (SDC) provides a combination of technology, infrastructure, software, and personnel to support large scale scientific data consumption and computing comprising of the Scientific Data Platform, Modeling and Machine Learning Platforms, High Performance Computing (HPC) workflows, and “experience” products such as visualization, modeling workbenches, and analytics development environments.

As SDC is composed of multi-disciplinary and highly-integrated products and services, they will have opportunities to contribute to product technical discovery processes as well as help in defining the current and future product strategies. They will be exposed in technical environments such as cloud products and services, data products, enablement of data and machine learning pipelines, among others.

We are seeking professionals with the following qualifications, skills and experience:


  • B.Sc. in scientific domain or computer sciences

  • Minimum 2-5 years working with customers to define requirements, preferably in the sciences/pharmaceutical industry


  • Experience with Data Governance processes and Data Governance tools.

  • Experience with defining requirements for data governance and data ingestion projects.

  • Experience working with creating ontologies and vocabularies

  • Experience working with data ingestion, processing, curation, and product creation

  • Experience with managing backlog, conducting agile ceremonies

  • Experience with creating reports and dashboards for product leadership

  • Experience in the use of JIRA and/or Kanban boards for maintaining and addressing product backlogs

  • Experience in the use of collaborative documentation platforms such as Confluence

  • Demonstrate analytical problem-solving skills

  • Identify and define the business problems

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Ability to translate business requirements to technical concepts that are needed for product development

  • Effectively engage both technical and non-technical stakeholders and users

  • Facilitate workshops

  • Prepare and deliver presentations and/or trainings


  • Pharmaceutical drug discovery and pre-clinical development experience

  • Experience working in Agile software development

  • Familiarity with working in a product model setup, with basic understanding of the product lifecycle.

  • Familiarity with Cloud based software and terms

  • Knowledge of the Product Life Cycle for software products

Key Tasks

  • Helps define and document governance rules, workflows and templates for ontologies and vocabularies.

  • Conducts agile ceremonies for data governance and data onboarding teams

  • Ensures product backlog is up to date and reflective of product group objectives

  • Works with Product Owners and Technical Leads to prioritize stories for sprints

  • Develops dashboards and reports to help product leadership with resourcing and prioritization strategies.

  • Assist in developing project related ontologies and vocabularies

  • Assist in defining standard patterns, templates and best practices

  • Collaborate frequently with scientists, data scientists, data engineers, data curators and experts.

  • Curate scientific data according to data standards defined.

  • Gather and manage opportunity statements, use cases, insights, and requirements, from users, stakeholders, and engineers.

  • May lead small sized projects with guidance.

  • May be necessary to perform other related duties as needed and/or assigned

Key Deliverables

  • Product specific reports and dashboards

  • Data standards – ontologies, vocabularies, dataset annotations

  • Problem statements/requirements

  • Product comparisons/assessments and artifacts for use by a development team

  • Analysis and evidence to document and communicate the data used to make product decisions

  • User Acceptance Test (UAT) scripts reflecting the critical components that require testing for each release

  • Training materials, to ensure user success with the product

Key behaviors

  • Show a high level of agency/growth mindset and initiative

  • Be an effective listener, and be able to understand and simplify complex problems

  • Exhibit critical thinking to effectively balance the needs of customers and stakeholders

  • Practice evidence-based decision-making

  • Work in a sustainable manner and encourage this behavior in others

  • Ability to work collaboratively across matrixed teams

  • Have curiosity to understand and empathize with user problems

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

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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Requisition ID:R199288