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Associate Director, Strategic Planning

Company: Merck & Co., Inc.
Location: Chico
Posted on: June 9, 2021

Job Description:

Job Description

Our Marketing team are passionate about bringing our medicines and vaccines to our customers around the world. Through digital listening and patient analytics, we are able to understand our customers' needs and strive to provide solutions to meet them.

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.

The Human Health Division has undergone a significant transformation over the past few years, driven by an effort to shape our company's future by building or enhancing core commercial capabilities.

In order to execute the strategy of being more adaptive and responsive to changing market needs, and to keep pace with the digital revolution happening in the marketplace, the US Market has identified a need to focus on the development, installation, and realization of key capabilities that will allow us to achieve our vision.

In this role, s/he will work as a member of the Strategy Realization Team and will be responsible for working across stakeholders to Define, Design, Build, Install and Realize commercial capabilities needed to accelerate our efforts aligned to our evolving Customer Engagement Strategy.

More specifically, the selected individual will play a primary role as a key member of the Marketing Evolution initiative--a key component of our US Market Strategy as we look to incorporate agility into our core commercial model. Over time additional opportunities may also exist to lead and/or work on other important transformation projects as part of the broader Strategy Realization Team.

Position location is agnostic.

Primary Activities:

  • Work as part of an integrated team to deliver iteratively and incrementally towards the overall vision (application of agile values and principles)

  • Promote transparency and visibility to work, risks, and opportunities

  • Build strong, open, and collaborative working relationships among leadership, peers, and support teams within and outside the organization

  • Frame business case, trade-off choices, and risks for US Market Leadership


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor's Degree, required

  • Master's Degree, preferred

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Recent Marketing experience

  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects and/or initiatives to successful completion

  • Willingness to work in a team environment, with shared goals and accountability (agile values + principles)

  • Strong executive presence and communication skills with the ability to speak with candor when appropriate

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to align various stakeholders to a common goal

  • Confidence to work independently and successfully navigate through ambiguity

  • Strong understanding of compliance-related concepts and application in all job-related functions

  • Excellent communication and mentoring skills.

  • Amenable to servant leadership, facilitation, situational awareness, conflict resolution, continual improvement, empowerment, and increasing transparency.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Scrum certified and/or experience on an agile team

  • Strong understanding of change management

  • Experience leading a large field or HQ change initiative

  • Six Sigma experience and/or certifications

  • Project Management experience and/or certifications

  • Strong understanding of the end-to-end marketing process

  • Strong understanding of the evolving US healthcare landscape and interdependencies

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

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.


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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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another's thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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