Scientific Leadership and Research Manager

Date: Dec 3, 2018

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: SCI004702

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 Scientific Leadership and Research Manager position is a core function within the Global Center for Scientific Affairs (GCSA) to advance human health through facilitation of scientific exchange and engagement with the external scientific community, peer-reviewed scientific publications, and support of investigator-initiated studies.  The SLRM must possess strong project management skills and have the ability to lead without direct authority over a continuum of stakeholders to ensure that the practice of meaningful and collaborative scientific exchange, through engagement activities, is achieved to globally impact our Oncology scientific strategies.  Additionally, optimal oversight of the operations of the Oncology Merck Investigator Studies Program (MISP) is pivotal to ensuring that the research submitted to Merck by investigators is compliantly and efficiently managed.

MISP Responsibilities:  
Co-leads with MISP Chair (Global Director of Scientific Affairs) and supports the MISP committee with the review, decision and operational management of research proposals. 

Scientific Engagement Responsibilities:  
Co-leads the Scientific Medical and Research Team (SMART) with the Global Director of Scientific Affairs (GDSA) and responsible for the development and updates to the Scientific Affairs SMART Plan.  Planning manager with the GDSA for all of the disease area scientific engagements and Congress Meeting activities.

Scope of SLRM Position:
The SLRM is a project manager for the MISP and Scientific Engagement activity for the Oncology Therapeutic Area.  These key functions contribute to the development and refinement of our Oncology Scientific Leadership Strategy for Merck.  MISP serves a critical function to advance science and improve patient care collaboratively with capable, qualified investigators, further enhancing our reputation and advancing our scientific leadership goals globally.  The SLRM problem solves and makes empowered decisions that affect a wide range of cross-divisional stakeholders and influences decisions that impact the SMART teams.  High leadership, resilience and mentoring skills are required for the SLRM position.  Many decisions are contingent upon and guided by emerging needs that require cross-divisional collaboration.  



Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree
Required Experience and Skills: 
  • 6 Years of Pharmaceutical or Healthcare related experience in internal or external scientific research operations
  • Research database proficiency
  • Exceptional Project management skills
  • Executive level meeting management experience

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Sigma or Project management certification 
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: Scientific Affairs
Other Locations: Rahway, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: no
Company Trade Name: Merck

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