Scientific Leadership and Research Manager

North Wales, PA

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Job Description

The Scientific Leadership and Research Manager (SLRM) position is a core function within the Global Center for Scientific Affairs (GCSA) to advance human health through facilitation of scientific exchange and engagement with the external scientific community, peer-reviewed scientific publications, and support of investigator-initiated studies. The SLRM must possess strong project management skills and can lead without direct authority over a continuum of stakeholders to ensure that the practice of meaningful and collaborative scientific exchange, through engagement activities, is achieved to globally impact the scientific strategy for a therapeutic area. Additionally, optimal oversight of the operations of the Investigator Initiated Studies Program (IISP) is pivotal to ensuring that the research submitted to our organization by investigators is compliantly and efficiently managed.

Investigator Initiated Studies Program Responsibilities

Co-leads with the (IISP) Chair (Global Director of Scientific Affairs) and supports the committee with the review, decision and operational management of research proposals.

Scientific Engagement Responsibilities

Co-leads the Scientific Medical and Research Team (SMART) with the Global Director of Scientific Affairs (GDSA) and responsible for the development and updates to the Scientific Affairs SMART Plan. Planning manager with the GDSA for all the disease area Congress Meeting activities.

Scope Of SLRM Position

The SLRM is a project manager for the IISP and Scientific Engagement activity at key Scientific Congresses for the Therapeutic Area. These key functions contribute to the development and refinement of our Scientific and Medical Affairs Strategic Plan for our research laboratories. The IISP serves a critical function to advance science and improve patient care collaboratively with capable, qualified investigators, further enhancing our reputation and advancing our scientific leadership goals globally. The SLRM problem solves and makes empowered decisions that affect a wide range of cross-divisional stakeholders and influences decisions that impact the SMART teams. Leadership, resilience and collaborative skills are required for the SLRM position. Many decisions are contingent upon and guided by emerging needs that require cross-divisional coordination.

Position Qualifications

  • Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Required Experience And Skills
  • 5 Years of Pharmaceutical or Healthcare related experience in internal or external scientific research operations
  • Research database proficiency
  • Exceptional project management skills
  • Executive level meeting management experience
  • Preferred Experience And Skills
  • Sigma or Project management certification
  • 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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No relocation

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Travel Requirements


Flexible Work Arrangements

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Requisition ID:R124907