Associate Director, Data Science - Vaccines Advanced Analyti

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

Our Digital team is innovating how we understand our patients and their needs. Working cross functionally we are inventing new ways of communicating, measuring and interacting with our customers and patients through digital channels and technologies.

The Associate Director, Human Health Insights, Data and Analytics, Vaccines is a key member on the vaccines team. The individual in this role will be responsible for deriving and communicating data-driven and actionable insights that drive greater customer and market understanding to inform vaccines launch strategies, business development opportunities and help meet in-line vaccines coverage objectives.

The individual in this role will be working independently on small-scale analyses as well as with a scrum team for larger engagements, comprised of data analysts, data engineers, data scientists, statisticians, business analysts, and subject matter experts to deliver well-defined projects and insights.

The preferred candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, understanding of healthcare & technology, a demonstrated record of producing actionable insights from analytics, knowledge of and ability to identify and use new data sources to inform marketing strategy. They will have demonstrated consistently strong leadership skills, an ability to work both independently and with a team. They will empower a growth mindset and inspire a culture of continual learning. This role will require interfacing and collaborating with many teams so strong communication skills is a must.

Individuals who will thrive in this role are motivated by developing a deep understanding of vaccines and possess an ability to define and translate objectives and business questions into analytical problems that require advanced and scalable analytical solutions that produce actionable insights.

Primary Responsibilities:

+ Understand the stakeholders’ business priorities and help build solutions that support business goals

+ Define and Translate business problems and objectives into analytical problems that require analytical solutions

+ Choose appropriate analytical techniques and model methods to address business problems

+ Communicate intensively with other platforms/ competencies to comprehend new trends and methodologies being implemented/ considered within the company ecosystem

+ Establish and manage close relationships with stakeholders

+ Build “community of practice” leveraging the experience of delivering complex analytics projects

+ Develop production-grade models while thinking strategically

+ Contribute to innovative experiments, specifically to idea generation, idea incubation and/or experimentation

+ Travel may be required (<10%)

Education Minimum Requirements:

+ Master’s degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or related quantitative field

+ PhD degree preferred

Required Experience and Skills:

+ Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant delivery of complex analytical projects

+ Minimum 3 years of professional experience in Applied Machine Learning, with at least 2 years on cloud environment (AWS, Azure, GCP)

+ Self-motivation, proactivity, and ability to work independently with minimum direction

+ Proven knowledge of business processes and industry/ market trends within the pharmaceutical space

+ Excellent business acumen, with proven ability to understand business processes in detail – both at global and region/ country levels – and translate these into user stories and detailed business requirements

+ Proven leadership and influencing skills, along with good analytical and problem-solving skills

+ Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

+ Excellent organizational skills, with ability to navigate a complex matrix environment and organize/prioritize work efficiently and effectively

+ Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse groups of work colleagues and positively manage ambiguity

+ Hands-on experience writing production-grade ML code

Preferred Experience and Skills:

+ Hands on coding experience in Python/PySpark/R/Scala/Java or any other OOP; ETL using SQL

+ Experience in SageMaker

+ Experience using cloud-based SQL & noSQL databases (Redshift, BQ, Athena, Mongo)

+ 2+ years of relevant experience in the Healthcare industry

Our Human Health Division maintains a “patient first, profits later” ideology. The organization is comprised of sales, marketing, market access, digital analytics and commercial professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing our medicines to our customers worldwide.



Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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: JC192619163

Posted On: Sep 17, 2021

Updated On: Oct 15, 2021