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Merck Analytical R&D Strategic Operations Lead in Des Moines, Iowa

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We are seeking a highly motivated candidate in Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) to partner with the leadership team and the broader organization in executing critical business functions and support the strategy and operation of the organization. Excellent communication and presentation skills are required and a demonstrated ability to collaborate across departmental boundaries is essential.

This role will report to the Vice President , Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) and key components of the position include (but are not limited to) coordination and organization of departmental staff meetings and key departmental reviews; progression, compilation and realization of the Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) priorities; sponsorship and leadership of select priorities and committees (e.g. compliance, training curricula); execution of the Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) communication strategy (e.g newsletter, digital tools); influencing alignment and interdependence of the Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) leadership team and extended leadership team.

This position will have a significant component representing the Analytical Research and Development (AR&D) function on key strategic initiatives and oversight committees, and a variety of opportunities for cross departmental collaboration (e.g. Finance, Quality, Procurement…).

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to effectively lead cross-functional teams, initiative to seek solutions to critical business processes and a strong financial and business acumen. Additionally, the candidate will have demonstrated strengths in building the best teams and engage strongly in driving an inclusive culture for the organization.

Education Requirement:

  • BS degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or related disciplines with at least 10 years of experience in industry or academia OR

  • MS degree in chemistry biology, biochemistry or related disciplines with at least 6 years of experience OR

  • PhD degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or related disciplines and 2 years of experience in industry or academia


  • Demonstrated ability to effectively lead cross-functional teams

  • Experience in driving critical business processes

  • Demonstrated ability in building the best teams

  • Strong financial and business acumen

  • Strong influencing skills

  • Demonstrated experience in analytical platforms and technologies would be an added benefit but not required

Location: West Point, PA, or Rahway or Kenilworth NJ

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.


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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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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Requisition ID: R111933