Associate Director, GMA Medical Operations Project Manager

Date: Feb 11, 2019

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: MED004351

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 GMA Medical Operations Project Manager (GMA MOPM) is a core role within MRL Global Medical Affairs driving the completion of major global initiatives that support the GMA transformation and most important key priorities within GMA Medical Operations (GMAMO). The MOPM ensures full acceptance of the solution by all stakeholders such that there is a smooth handover from project to ongoing operations. The MOPM serves as a conduit for alignment and communication within key stakeholders including (but not limited to) GMAMO, GMAC leadership, Learning & Development, Finance, Compliance, Legal, and the IT support teams. The MOPM will be both a strategic thinker and tactical planner for process and technology solutions, timeline creation, resource assessment, risk management, change management and budget development ensuring projects have a clear beginning and end with seamless handoff at the conclusion of the project.


Key Responsibilities Include, But Not Limited To:

• Focus areas for MOPM include, but are not limited to, key capabilities identified for Global Medical Affairs, compliance, quality assurance, enabling technical systems, KPIs, and various supporting functional areas including training, information systems, finance, and human resources.

• Partner with the business lead to clarify project scope and objectives, work with internal or external SMEs to identify or recommend appropriate solutions consistent with GMAC objectives and strategy, and assess all changes impacting the project.

• Independently identify and continually improve processes to meet strategic goals of the GMAMO. Support the development of executive-level presentations that provide project status updates, and reflect progress against objectives.

• Communicate and escalate issues, challenges, and risks to GMAMO leadership, team leaders, and stakeholders as required in a timely manner throughout the project lifecycle.

• Ensure appropriate project governance through formal steering committees

• Implement sustainable solutions and time scales to sponsor satisfaction and according to MRL, GMA, GMAC and GMAMO processes and standards.

• Determine robust cost of project and work within budget constraints, document all assumptions and potential risks.

• Understand value and work with project lead to put appropriate measures and processes in place to ensure expected business outcome is achieved, including effective change management approach and execution.

Proactively identify and mitigate/resolve risks and issues in a timely and appropriate manner.


Education: Bachelor's degree (Graduate degree preferred)


Required Education and Background:

• 10 years of work experience 

• Strong project management skills including communication (both oral and written), facilitation, negotiation / conflict resolution, and resource management skills

• Presentation creation and delivery to senior leaders

• Track record as a deadline-oriented self-starter  with frequent outreach to teams to maintain project timelines

• Excellent people skills, leadership qualities and ability to build strong relationships with teams / executives

• Experience managing at least one project that had multi-location teams and working in a matrixed organization with the ability to lead and influence teams and stakeholders

• Proven problem-solving and analytical skills

• Strong background in facilitating and managing requirements for global projects

• Solid MS Project, Excel, Word, Visio, and PowerPoint skills

• Some travel to international and domestic sites required


Preferred Experience and Skills:

• Experience in a Global Medical Affairs function

• Project management certification

• Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry

• International experience in a global company

• Experience with change management

• Management Consulting experience


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: Medical Affairs Operations
Other Locations: Kenilworth, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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