Product Technical Lead - Disease Biology & PharmTox

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 partner internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

The Research and Development Sciences (RaDS) value team in R&D IT brings together product management, engineering, and data science expertise to enable data and technology products and services that accelerate our scientists’ ability to discover and develop innovative medicines that change the course of human health. Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We partner internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation and advance the drug discovery and development pipeline.

As a Product Technical Lead within the Disease Biology and PharmTox Product Line, you will enable capabilities that help scientists generate hypotheses and draw rapid conclusions by interrogating target biology and its relationship to human disease and pharmacological interventions.

This will be accomplished through cross-functional teams that bring together science, technologies, capabilities, and talent to create products that deliver high impact business value, insight, and a fantastic user experience to scientists. Through your role, you will help define the standard of excellence in technical product management within our organization.

Additionally, you will be accountable for identifying opportunities to grow and improve the product technical landscape while simultaneously ensuring consistent performance of existing applications. You will use your knowledge of these products to promote their meaningful use by giving product demos, sharing user stories, and showing the connection of our data and technology products to our mission to serve patients.

Primary Tasks:

+ Partner with Product Manager in the understanding, prioritization and development of strategically aligned solutions which deliver maximum business value.

+ Deliver forward looking technology solutions by proactively tracking technology trends, vendor marketplace and upcoming business needs

+ Manage the product technology roadmap and convey related IT strategy and governance

+ Act as the single point of contact for all technical matters within the assigned product

+ Own product technology solutions from concept to retirement, while striving to increase ROI and reduce financial investment

+ Manage a team of technical resources assigned to multiple squads within the product

+ Develop and convey accurate and realistic project plans, resource estimates and timelines in alignment with prioritized business requirements

+ Ensure all systems are designed, built, and operated in an SDLC compliant manner and promote the effective use of IT standards and tools

+ Demonstrate an eagerness to learn drug discovery & development processes and regulatory requirements as necessary to solve problems

+ Occasional U.S. and International travel may be necessary per product demands (post COVID restrictions)

Education Minimum:

+ Minimum of a B.A./B.S. in a scientific or technical discipline (such as computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, etc.). Pharmaceutical experience preferred but not mandatory.


+ 8+ years in IT with ability to architect, engineer, optimize and maintain software solutions to solve complex scientific problems.

+ Has worked with Engineering and Product Management teams initiating and driving large scale strategic initiatives.

+ Has led multiple technical efforts and demonstrated ability to operate and successfully deliver value in an agile fashion

+ Has worked efficiently in a matrixed environment with geographically dispersed teams including company staff, contractors, and vendors

+ Strong communication and leadership skills with ability to influence strategic thinking

Desired Technical Skills:

+ Experience operating and delivering in a GxP compliant manner

+ Has performed installation and configurations of commercial-off-the-shelf enterprise applications in both Windows and Linux environments.

+ Hands on experience with application development and relational databases

+ API development and data integration experience is a plus

+ Worked with cloud technologies is highly desired

+ Has used Jira and Confluence in the management and tracking of agile projects

+ Experience with ALM (Application Lifecycle Management) or other industry standard tools for test script management and approvals

+ Experience with DevOps approach to application development and lifecycle management

Desired Business Aligned Experience:

+ Experience working with a Pre-Clinical or Clinical Business area

+ Experience in the Drug Discovery & Exposure Business domain

+ Understanding of Bio Analytics processes in small molecules, biologics, and vaccines

+ Understanding of molecular biology and Omics (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics)

+ Experience with assay development, assay execution or safety assessment systems

+ Experience with the SEND (Standard for Exchange of Nonclinical Data) system

+ Experience developing Safety Assessment Reports needed for regulatory submission

+ Experience with LIMS systems (like Labware, Watson)

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

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.


In accordance with Managers’ Policy – Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Job Posting: JC215603348

Posted On: Jun 08, 2022

Updated On: Aug 12, 2022