West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

We are currently seeking an Associate Director within the Integrated Biomarker Operations organization to provide biomarker project management and operational expertise to support cross-functional clinical teams, ensuring the timely and efficient delivery of the biomarker operational aspects of each study in order to advance our company's human genetics and biomarker efforts.

Your responsibilities will include project/protocol planning and execution and external assay sourcing.  This position will report into the Director of Project Management and be based either in the Pennsylvania or New Jersey site.

You will have experience in genomic biomarkers and demonstrated success in project management.  You will guide teams through effective project execution by ensuring deliverables and timelines are clear, resources are appropriately planned and managed, communications within and external to the team are effective, risk management plans are in place, issue resolution is productive, information is accurately tracked and accessible, and compliance is adhered to at every stage.  You will also monitor Integrated Biomarker Operations processes, identify opportunities for improvement, and implement strategic solutions to ensure excellence in service delivery. 

You will have excellent leadership qualities, experience influencing teams and driving change management, and experience leading direct reports. You will have strong verbal and written communication skills and be expected to operate in a highly collaborative and matrixed environment.  You will excel under fast-paced and fluid conditions and be a strong advocate for operational excellence.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate closely with biomarker scientists and project teams to plan biomarker clinical trial set-up using logistical strategies to ensure efficient trial execution

  • Participate as a key contributor of relevant biomarker sections of clinical study documents (i.e. clinical trial protocol, SOWs, etc.)

  • Execute external sourcing for biomarker samples management and assays | Coordinate sample and assay logistics and serve as a key point of contact with vendors/collaborators for issue resolution

  • Develop project plans with clearly defined timelines and deliverables and implement necessary risk mitigation strategies

  • Accurately track and communicate status, timelines, risks, and issues to project teams

  • Maintain effective communication and working relationships with project team members, vendors and other internal teams

  • Project/protocol planning and execution and external assay sourcing

Education Minimum Requirement

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science in a scientific or technological field of study and six plus years of scientific related job experience; Master of Science or higher three plus years of scientific related job experience

Required Experience and Skills

  • Well organized and methodical approach to problem solving.

  • Ability to understand and resolve conflicting needs of key stakeholders

  • Proactively identify and resolve and/or escalate study-related issues

  • Participate in process improvement initiatives or improving efficiency as needed

  • Demonstrated Project Management within the Science realm (or relative realm)

  • Strategic and effective verbal and written communication skills

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Drug discovery experience, including familiarity with clinical trial execution

  • Biomarker assay including Genomic/Genetic | IHC | Immunoassay | Flow Cytometry | Mass Spectrophotometry

  • Formal Project Management certification or training

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe. 

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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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Requisition ID:R91090

West Point, Pennsylvania

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