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Merck Director, Animal Health Formulation Development in Rahway, New Jersey

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Our Animal Health Research & Development team works tirelessly to invent solutions to improve the health and well-being of animals. Our state-of-the-art research facilities provide an environment of innovation that enable us to create breakthrough science changing the way we approach animal health challenges.

The Director of Formulation Development, Pharmaceutical Sciences is responsible for leading the formulation development of small molecule products in our R&D pipeline across various delivery modalities (i.e., parenteral, oral, topical). This individual will be responsible for leading a dynamic and scientifically driven team, dedicated to design, development and characterization of robust drug product formulations as well as driving strategic decisions to identify, develop and implement those formulations into clinical and safety studies to advance development. The Director will be responsible for managing the work within his/her group and external service providers to ensure that the goals of the project teams are met in a timely, cost-sensitive, and phase-appropriate fashion. The incumbent is responsible for developing and aligning formulation development activities with project teams, overall development strategies and timelines and building the technical capabilities and collaborative scientific and operational partnerships needed to effectively carry out the organizational mission.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contributing to the overall scientific, technical and operational efforts of the Rahway Formulation Development department with delivery of formulations, processes, and data to meet project milestones.

  • Collaborates closely with analytical colleagues to develop and implement specifications for drug substance and drug products in development and ensures the delivery of quality-related sections in CMC sections of regulatory filings.

  • Responsible for quality, quantity and timelines for formulation projects and bringing formulation representation and expertise to project teams and task forces, as appropriate. Facilitates teamwork and coordinates development and execution of risk-based development plans with key stakeholders. Allocates resources, forecasts budget requirements, and ensures tracking and follow-up as necessary.

  • Responsible for setting high standards, building and managing a high performing group. Sets department goals and performance objectives, supports personnel development and addresses performance issues. Identifies department needs and recruits/hires/develops personnel as appropriate. Develops internal talent through coaching, training and job assignments that meet the needs of the organization.

  • Maintains productive communications with staff, partners and stakeholders to ensure understanding of needs, proper prioritization and the timely delivery of product knowledge, data and documentation. Regularly exchanges ideas and information to develop effective plans and strategies to meet business needs. Establishes effective partnerships/relationships through collaboration. Encourages and supports collaboration across geographical regions and functions.

  • Contributes to developing an impactful vision for the Pharmaceutical Sciences function and communicates a supporting strategy to align people, resources and management within their department, cross-functionally, and at CROs or other partner organizations as needed.

  • Encourages new ideas and processes and encourages new approaches. Promotes a culture of technical excellence, multidisciplinary problem solving, teamwork, consistency, flexibility, execution, quality and effective communication while delivering results with the proper blend of scientific rigor, development phase-appropriateness, and business acumen. Strives for continuous improvement. Sets high performance expectations and holds others accountable for the results expected.


  • MS or PhD (preferred) in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or relevant scientific discipline with a minimum of eight (8) years of experience

  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience within formulation development.

  • Experience in the branded pharmaceutical sector

  • Thorough understanding of the regulatory requirements in CMC development.


  • Sterile formulation or aseptic processing experience

  • Experience specific to animal health

  • People management experience

  • Excellent leadership, managerial and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to identify, attract, develop and retain talent

Our Animal Health division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to the health and well-being of animals. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society and our planet. We offer one of our industry’s most innovative portfolio of products, services and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species.

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .





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Requisition ID: R38584