Jan 18, 2019

Senior Specialist Oncology- Market Research and Analytics

  • Merck
  • Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

Job Description

Requisition ID: MAR007343

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’s Global Human Health (GHH) Division abides by a “patient first, profits later” ideology. Results-driven and ambitious, this team of individuals represents a functional balance between meeting company objectives and the needs of people around the world. The organization is comprised of sales and marketing professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing Merck's prescription medicines, vaccines, and other medical products to our customers worldwide. 

Position Description :

The Market Research Senior Specialist will work closely with the rest of the Market Research team and with a broad range of stakeholders to identify key business questions to address with specific datasets. This individual will then design and implement analyses to address those questions. In addition, this individual will have ownership of weekly and monthly reports that are prepared for senior stakeholders, and this individual will be responsible for identifying and articulating key insights from those reports.

Requires a strong understanding of secondary data sets (minimum of 3 years), with new product launch and multiple customer segments within the specialty arena experience preferred. Past pharmaceutical commercial roles (sales, marketing, access/reimbursement etc) and/or early indications experience is preferred.  Experience in oncology is preferred.

This individual is expected to be an exceptional team player who can comfortably interact with and add value to the existing team of multiple market research team members working on KEYTRUDA, LYNPARZA, and LENVIMA and who also can comfortably partner with extended oncology team members including pricing and access, sales, marketing, and other market research colleagues responsible for specific indications. 

The individual should also be able to proactively identify business opportunities for the Oncology Franchise. 

At the same time, the Senior Specialist will have demonstrated consistently strong leadership skills with an ability to work independently in a rapidly changing environment with a transformational mindset, cultural awareness, and resiliency to change that enables them to effectively produce results for individual areas of responsibility. 

  • Produce weekly and monthly performance reports for a broad range of stakeholders, including senior staff.
  • Take direction from team members on specific business questions to address and work with team members to design the best analyses to answer those questions.
  • Identify key business questions from broad range of stakeholders; design and execute analytics to answer those business questions; deliver answers to stakeholders with a clear and action-oriented approach.
  • Design and execute new weekly or monthly performance summary reports: Evaluate new datasets, clean datasets (using SQL, R, or other tools when necessary), design repeatable processes to create professional reports for key stakeholders, identify and articulate key trends and takeaways from the performance reports, answer questions from stakeholders about the reports.
  • Explore alternative/creative ways of meeting an information need, considering new techniques alongside more traditional approaches to more quickly and efficiently address business requests.
  • Complete complex analyses using available secondary data, syndicated reports and databases and integrates findings into primary market research efforts to tell and evolve the "story".
  • Proactively communicate and facilitate discussion with Marketing/Commercial Teams to ensure that insights are considered in decision-making and planning; integrates a variety of sources/studies to present strategic options to the extended team; provides consultative guidance to Marketing/Commercial Team(s).
  • Collaborate proactively with cross-functional business partners including marketing communications, market access colleagues, commercial team, and the advertising agency to ensure optimal integration for the launch and post-launch activities.
  • Assist with analysis to inform the strategic assumptions that are built into brand forecasts and tracking of key performance indicators and  benchmarking dashboards.
  • Independently manage competing priorities and demands from within a product team/franchise applying best practices and innovative techniques maximize value and actionable output. 
  • Take full ownership of understanding the business challenge/information needs, considers alternatives, proposes appropriate method/approach, applies best practices, and proactively considers and/or develops new techniques and innovations to meet objectives.
  • Work on and lead adhoc franchise wide initiatives and/or projects as needed.


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree – minimum requirement
  • Preference with Post graduate in quantitative methods or MBA

Required Experience and Skills:

  • At least 3 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with quantitative functions (data science, marketing analytics, forecasting) preferred.
  • Well developed analytical skills, strong problem-solving and demonstrated ability to think strategically and objectively.
  • Experience deriving business decisions from secondary data.
  • Strong experience in Excel and programming knowledge (SQL, R) required.
  • Experience using common business intelligence tools (Spotfire, Tableau, or Qlik).

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in oncology or other specialty therapy areas is strongly preferred.
  • Past roles supporting sales, forecasting, access and pricing, marketing, competitive intelligence, early indications is preferred.
  • Orientation toward collaboration/ team work, ability to lead teams in execution of market research, interest in ongoing learning.
  • Strong leadership skills around customer focus, decision making, courage & candor, and fostering collaboration.
  • Ability and comfort in prioritizing and managing multiple requests from multiple marketing points and extended team members.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and a strong desire to lead change in terms of developing best practices.

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: Market Research & Analytics ONC
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Hazardous Materials: No
Company Trade Name: Merck

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