Associate Director, Data Scientist

at Merck in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Job Description

Job Description

About the Global Medical Affairs Healthcare Analytics Center: We are responsible for improving decision-making and business results in Our Company’s Global Medical and Scientific Affairs organization through innovative uses of data and analytics. We are building a team of highly talented, highly motivated individuals who have a passion for healthcare and want to work with the best and the brightest in the industry. Quite simply, we are looking to bring an innovative mindset to the Global Medical and Scientific Affairs organization.

The Need: In a rapidly changing world, the organizations that best understand how those changes will affect the future will be in the best position to make the right decisions for long-term growth. The most successful companies bring rigor to predicting future trends that will affect our industry, our company, and our brands, and appropriately leveraging that information to guide decision-making under uncertain conditions.

The Role: We are looking for a Data Scientist to help us discover the information hidden in vast amounts of data and ultimately make smarter, better-informed decisions. The ideal candidate will have exceptionally strong analytics skills to identify opportunities that could benefit from predictive or prescriptive analytics, determine what data and analytics are required, and build the required solutions.

This role requires a unique combination of skills as you will need to be able to gain the trust of therapeutic area and regional colleagues, have an innovative mindset to think through novel ways to help us make better decisions and execute on the idea by gathering the necessary data and building the necessary statistical models. This is a great opportunity for a self-motivated individual with strong business acumen along with technical competence. The ideal person will have an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong understanding of healthcare data & technology, strong quantitative skills, and the ability to identify & use new customer data sources to improve business results.

Primary Responsibilities:

+ Partner with internal stakeholders to identify opportunities to use data to inform strategic choices.

+ Manage external vendors.

+ Identify novel, non-overlapping data sources and innovative tools to address business needs.

+ Apply understanding of the business to recommend and develop appropriate analytics solutions or to inform decision-making.

+ Develop appropriate statistical analyses (e.g., regression analysis, factor analysis, predictive modeling) and apply analytical techniques to draw inferences and conclusions from analyses.

+ Design and implement healthcare-centric data visualizations, advise on trends.

+ Analyze and discuss project results and recommended actions with senior and executive leadership teams.

+ Collaborate and partner with peers in other functions (Human Health, Center for Observational and Real-world Evidence, etc.) on cross-functional analytics projects and solutions.

Education Minimum Requirements:

+ Bachelor’s Degree (Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Actuarial Science, or equivalent).

Required Experience and Skills:

+ Five (5) years of relevant experience, including business analysis, advanced statistics or quantitative/qualitative research.

+ Experience in the appropriate use of statistical tools including correlation, regression, factorial analyses and modeling.

+ Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

+ The high degree of initiative, innovative thinking and intellectual curiosity.

+ Strong presentation skills.

+ Ability to translate complex analyses into actionable insights and recommended actions.

+ Ability to succinctly communicate complex ideas and analytical results to internal and external stakeholders.

+ Advanced Microsoft Excel skills.

+ High integrity.

+ Ability to build strong cross-functional partnerships.

+ Ability to build trust and influence decisions of peers and leaders within and across our research laboratories and Human Health.

+ Ability to toggle between strategy and details.

+ Ability to lead in situations of uncertainty.

+ Ability to manage concurrent projects of varying complexity and timelines.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

+ Advanced degree in statistics, computer science, economics, actuarial science or related field.

+ Demonstrated experience in building cross-functional partnerships and working across global teams.

+ Experience using real-world data.

+ Pharmaceutical experience.

+ Technical skills in R, Python, SQL, SAS, or related software.

+ Experience with visualization software such as Tableau, Spotfire, Qlik or related software.

Position can be worked remotely with some travel into the corporate offices.

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 .


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Posted On: Jul 25, 2021

Updated On: Aug 15, 2021