Senior Specialist, Project Management

Date: Feb 11, 2019

Location: Rahway, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: PRO019140

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 mission for Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE) is to become a recognized global leader and strategic partner to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare. This role is expected to deliver data analytics and budget management support to CORE research activities, portfolio management and processes. The Sr. Specialist will recommend process improvements based on operational analytics and help to manage the overall CORE research portfolio related. In addition, The Senior Specialist will be accountable for ensuring that their work is following current MRL and CORE processes and policies. 
Senior Specialist, CORE (center of observation and real world evidence) Strategy & Operations key responsibilities:
  • Leads the operational business analytics to monitor, diagnosis and recommend process improvements to drive efficiencies within CORE operations. This work will support the entire CORE organization to inform portfolio-wide decision making and process improvement.   Main responsibilities include Portfolio operational analytics and budget management activities such as:
    • Creating dashboard on operational metrics to inform business decisions for CORE 
    • Setting up reporting, analysis, maintenance and recommendations for improvements based on data analysis
    • Provide data analysis on CORE processes and deliverables 
    •  Collaborate across all teams within CORE S&O and across CORE
    • Collaborate with IT team to enhance data collection, integration and analysis
  • Supports CORE forecasting and budget management, including troubleshooting and escalating issues as needed
    •  Collaborates with CORE scientists on all CORE research activities and works closely with cross-functional and cross-divisional working teams to ensure HH-funded CORE projects are executed and managed within budget.  Addresses issues raised by CORE Scientists, responds to budget management questions or issues, and assists to resolve by following through to completion in a timely manner
    • Responsible for providing guidance to the CORE scientists regarding budget and operation
    •  Collaborate with Finance to provide financial planning and budget management on HH-funded projects 
    • Support project team decision making by providing relevant financial information and insight
    • Play a central role in supporting the Profit Plan, LROP (long range operating plan), quarterly forecasts review
  •  Participates CORE strategic initiatives and process led by the CORE Strategy & Operations, collaborate across CORE and with colleagues in HH and MRL on critical organization-wide projects 
  • Provides onboarding budget management and process training to new CORE employees
  • Serve as an operational analytics expert on metrics across CORE teams and report out to CORE senior management, Strategy and Operations leads, and process owners. 


Education Minimum Requirement: 
  •  Bachelor's degree required in Business, Finance/Accounting, Science or Engineering 
Required Experience and Skills: 
  •  Five years relevant experiences in Pharma industry required, including experience in clinical or other research operations
  • Excellent analytical skills with strong financial acumen
  • Experience in setting and measuring operational metrics and KPI, including integrating data across multiple sources and platforms 
  • Ability to demonstrate strong business acumen and strategic thinking 
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver on operational objectives in the areas of portfolio planning, budget management and metric setting 
  • Strong collaboration and communication skills
  • Strong project management skills 
  • Proficient in EXCEL, WORD and POWERPOINT, comfortable with data-oriented tools and systems 
  • Ability to work autonomously as needed, raising issues with recommendations for solutions
Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Master’s degree preferred in science, public health, business or closely related discipline 
  • Experiences with portfolio and project management, PMP certified 
  • Experiences in AI and automation in data analysis

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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CORE 2019

Job: Project Management Generic
Other Locations: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US; Kenilworth, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: no
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