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Merck Associate Director, Financial Planning & Analysis in Rahway, New Jersey

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is committed to be the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) drives breakthrough science through drug discovery, development and clinical evaluation that radically changes approaches to medical need. Finance is a trusted business partner, playing a critical role in ensuring effective resource utilization to achieve this mission. This is a unique opportunity to gain exposure and contribute to the R&D engine that drives Merck’s biopharmaceutical business.

This position will contribute to the overall support of Global Medical Affairs ($750M budget and 2300 employees). This role will support operational teams in HQ along with the Regions/Countries for GMA, support key Oncology collaborations, as well as contribute to the overall consolidation and review of the global organization. The position will lead clients through the development of strategic, operational and financial plans and establish capability to deploy resources to critical business drivers, including annual functional objectives and the long-term strategic goals.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Serve as business partner to GMA LT members to provide business council and strategic decision support including resource allocation and prioritization.

  • Lead the annual budget, forecast, and long-range operating plan financial planning process for their respective areas and coordinate all deliverables including the assessment, prioritization, and aggregation.

  • Work closely with MRL and other finance areas to establish best practices and implement process improvements (such as BSCs for FOM, Joint Ventures, HH CBL/Region/Country).

  • Evaluate, build and implement new processes and tools that solve client problems and that improve our efficiency and effectiveness

  • Support discrete decision-making through data driven analysis.

  • General Department Financial Support Activities:

  • Expense management / controlling / identifying risks and opportunities

  • Resource analytics / tracking / forecasting

  • Supporting departmental initiatives

  • Execution of monthly close process

  • Reporting - Performance Mgmt / trends / variance analysis / corrective actions

  • Ad hoc reporting / analysis

  • GMA continues to evolve and transform which provides finance with a variety of opportunities to contribute to operational teams, special projects and analytics.

This is a unique opportunity to support a global organization with many different touch-points in with the company. You will have the opportunity to increase your network through engagement with other business partners including Human Health Finance, BD&L, Project Mgmt., MMD, and various stakeholders across the globe. GMA will continue to transform over the next few years and this role will contribute to many of their initiatives.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Business, Finance, Accounting or Science

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience, preferably in Finance

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in broad areas such as business administration, strategic planning and analysis, managing and allocating resources, and operational and financial planning and management.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, evaluate, organize, direct, and deliver on operational objectives in the areas of planning, finance, and metric setting leading continuous operational improvement.

  • Ability to provide strategic direction for business operations models

  • Strong financial acumen

  • Proactive approach to problem solving

  • Results and process-driven orientation

  • Understanding of pharmaceutical industry

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work in a challenging and complex environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence, build and maintain diverse client and peer relationships

  • Proven track record in driving large organizational change initiatives

  • Sound and balanced judgment, with the ability to assess and handle risk and be decisive

  • Excellent communications skills

  • Strong computer skills especially working with SAP, BPC and MS Excel

  • CPA or MBA, or other Masters/PhD in Business, Finance, Science or Engineering

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Job Financial Analysis

Other Locations: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Title: Associate Director, Financial Planning & Analysis

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Requisition ID: FIN002447