Global Field Medical Center of Excellence Strategic Project Manager

Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: Kenilworth, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: MED003855

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 on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

The Global Field Medical Center of Excellence Strategic Project Manager (Global FM CoE SPM) is a core role within the Global Field Medical Center of Excellence (Global FM CoE) Strategic Planning and Operations group supporting major global initiatives that enhance the Field Medical capability.  The Global FM CoE initiatives are driven within a strategic program established to enhance key capabilities and competencies identified as essential in uplifting the Field Medical in  our organization.  This position oversees multiple critical, complex global initiatives specific to the FM CoE, addressing business needs in the areas of process improvement, enabling technology solutions, organizational design, compliance, change management, vendor management and others.

The role serves as a conduit for communication within the Global FM CoE, and across its stakeholders, GMA Operations, Learning & Development, and the IT support teams. 

Responsibilities and Primary Activities:

Key responsibilities include: supporting the FM CoE Strategy and Operations Lead in ensuring that the overall Program timelines and objectives are met, facilitating the creation and approval of all project deliverables, creation and maintenance of up-to-date detailed Project Plans, Risk Plans, Issue Logs and other control artifacts as defined by the PMO, communicating with all stakeholders of the project, and assuring the quality of the project deliverables.

Primary Activities: 

  • Project Management: The FM CoE SPM must possess project management expertise, operational capabilities, persuasive skills, and the ability to lead without direct authority over a continuum of stakeholders at varying band levels
  • Independently identify and continually improve processes to meet strategic goals of the FM CoE. Support the development of executive-level presentations that provide project status updates, and reflect progress against objectives. Help create and track Communication plans, KPIs, Metrics, insights collection process, FM CoE activities as they relate to the GMA Integrated Dashboard, etc.
  • Leading, co-leading specific projects and initiatives within the FM CoE  including, but not limited to:
    • Facilitating deliverables, ensuring timely communication and control of all assigned projects
    • Preparation of periodic status reports as needed by the PMO
    • Educating  teams on specific business methodologies / tools that are laid down by the PMO
    • Management of project finances
    • Support of project  communication needs
    • Continuous process assessment and improvement of the organizational remit
  • Working within and across cross-functional teams to ensure that all areas (MRL, Medical Affairs, and Country Operations) and supporting functions (e.g., IT, HR, and Finance) are well represented and are in alignment with project goals and the program vision
  • Supporting team leaders as both a strategic thinker and as a tactical planner for process and technology solutions, timeline creation, resource assessment, risk management, Estimation, budget development, etc.
  • Communicating and escalating issues, challenges, and risks to FM CoE Leadership, Team Leaders, and Stakeholders as required in a timely manner
Focus areas for teams include, but are not limited to key capabilities identified for Medical Affairs, compliance, quality assurance, enabling technical systems, dashboard, and various supporting functional areas including training, information systems, finance, and human resources.




Education Minimum Requirement:   Bachelors degree in science or healthcare profession with minimum of (10) years pharmaceutical industry experience or Masters degree in science or healthcare profession with minimum of (5) years pharmaceutical industry experience.


Required Skills: 

  • Must have strong project management skills including communication (both oral and written), facilitation, negotiation / conflict resolution, and resource management skills
  • Excellent project management, presentation and consultative skills
  • Experience and success in cross-functional teamwork
  • Strong communication and influencing skills
  • Must have self-starting, follow-up ability,
  • Must have excellent people skills, leadership qualities, and ability to build strong relationships with teams / executives
  • Must have the experience of having worked in a matrixed organization with the ability to lead and influence teams and stakeholders
  • Must have strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Must have a strong background in facilitating and managing requirements for global projects
  • Strong MS Project, Excel, Word, Visio, and PowerPoint skills
  • Some travel to international and domestic sites required
  • Must have managed at least one project that had multi-locations
Preferred Experience and Skills: 
  • Experience in a Medical Affairs function
  • Project management certification
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry
  • International experience in a global company
  • Experience with change management 

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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