Technical Program Manager, Data (Remote)

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

The Opportunity:

This is a rare opportunity to join a start-up hub built within a major multinational with the goal to build a world class data platform / data mesh network for the division.

The Team:

The Data Platform team at our Animal Health Intelligence division of our company (MAHI) provides the development, support, and roadmap for the advanced analytics data platform. The team’s area of responsibilities is the capture, ingestion, transformation, storage, architecture, implementation of ML models and end user consumption end points such as self-service and APIs. The platform provides deep analytical insights for reporting and development of products for the market to aid in animal traceability, monitoring, well-being, actions, and other features based on descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics.

About the Role:

Working at the cutting edge of the Animal Health Intelligence division of our company (MAHI), we seek a self-motivated, well communicative, experienced Technical Program Manager to join our fast-growing team. As a Technical Program Manager on the Data Platform team, you will be at the leading edge of integrating a complex set of existing and new data sources generated from ioT devices, internal and external data into our rapidly evolving data pipeline.

You will work closely with engineering, ML Ops, data science, technical and business stakeholders, data generators, consumers, and foundational teams to drive the programs around such activities such as Data Catalog, Master Data Management, Data Mesh Strategies, Data Capture, Data Infrastructure, Machine Learning Platform, Real-time Streaming Platform, Feature Flags and Rollouts, Metrics Repositories, Data Compliance, Data Governance, Data Quality, Data modeling and BI.

These will require a strong technical understanding, general cross organization coordination/facilitation, stakeholder management, and ownership of results. The position will be a hybrid position or even remote for the right candidate.

You would bring your energy and skills to:

+ Overall - Help expand the vision, technical direction, strategy and success metrics for the data platform and infrastructure.

+ Planning & Execution – Drive optimizations related to planning objectives and key results, develop frameworks for team execution/tracking and provide visibility to resource allocation and prioritization.

+ Stakeholder Management – Manage expectations for all stakeholders from leadership to individuals, possess strong problem solving and negotiation skills, and earn trust of partners and teams.

+ Technical – Develop a full understanding of our technical stack and processes, allowing you to contribute to designs and ensure they are scalable, reliable, and efficient.

+ Team Building – Understand technical personnel and enjoy working with them, building trust by developing strong technical domain knowledge that adds value beyond specific program duties.

+ Communications – Manage timely and succinct communications to leadership and across teams to ensure accountability and timeline management.

+ Process – Develop processes to ensure teamwork is streamlined to manage complexity and optimize velocity.

+ Agility - Lead with an agile first mindset while balancing urgency and prioritizations

We love to know more about you because:

+ You are highly organized – You are prepared with your details and know our status

+ You have great Soft Skills – You know how to handle issues that arise and gain the trust of both technical teams as well we stakeholders.

+ You have a passion for technology – You continue to be curious, have the drive to learn the latest technologies, growth-minded, and eager to expand your skill set beyond Programs

+ You see the vision – You understand both the big picture and the details.

+ You deal easy with change – You can demonstrate adaptability, resilience, and ability to thrive with changes and in ambiguity

+ You really understand agile – You have a firm understanding and have led true IT agile process

+ You are pragmatic – You know the right balance between progress and perfection.

What you need to have :

+ 5+ years recent working experience as a Technical Program Manager or a similar role at a technology company

+ You have a love for Data and understand the power behind it

+ Strong understanding of a data platform, data ingestion, data lake, ETL processing, orchestration, and visualization tools such as PowerBI

+ Has driven adoption of data platforms and the technologies / concepts behind it

+ Strong leadership skills with the ability to collaborate and build relationships across organizations, bridge gaps between teams, and successfully influence without authority.

+ Excellent written & verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate to both non-technical and technical people with confidence, clarity, and focus.

+ Experience in large-scale distributed systems. You understand and can speak to system architecture, scalability, DevOps, CI/CD, and most importantly data.

+ Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive. You are a self motivated starter that loves to roll up your sleeves and dive into the details to understand in order to drive your programs to excellence with minimum supervision.

Additional things that would make you a superstar :

+ Experience with data platform tools / services such as DataBricks, EMR, S3, AWS data services, Collibra, Alation, MDM tools, Snowflake

+ Bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline or equivalent practical experience, additional years of experience can be used in lieu of degree

+ Experience working in a startup environment

+ Experience managing programs with remote/distributed teams

+ Experience with Platform Security

+ Experience in Software Engineering, Software Infrastructure Engineering, Security, Big Data and Analytics, or Cloud Networking

+ Experience with Jira and Confluence


High School Diploma ( Prefer Bachelors)

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us-and start making your impact today.


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Job Posting: JC228821003

Posted On: Nov 18, 2022

Updated On: Dec 03, 2022

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