Associate Director, Oncology Insights & Analytics

Job Description

All prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

The Insights & Analytics Associate Director will have responsibilities across Global and U.S. for an oral oncology product (PARP inhibitor) currently being managed as a Business Alliance with another pharmaceutical company. Responsibilities in this role include both Primary Market Research & Analysis of Secondary Data.

The role will be accountable to deliver actionable insights to Marketing stakeholders to inform key business decisions. There is a significant leadership component to this position that includes synthesis of insights to inform strategic choices and tactical execution for the brand. Providing a 360-degree view of Brand Performance is essential. The position will plan, manage, and execute all Market Research activities for specific tumor responsibilities.

The role will require a high degree of business acumen and the ability to leverage both Primary & Secondary Market Research tools to influence Brand strategy. In addition, the individual is expected to proactively inform the business of growth opportunities based on market and customer insights.

The person who fills this role is expected to be an exceptional team player who can comfortably interact with and add value in a collaboration between two major pharmaceutical companies within an Alliance environment. The ability to navigate a large number of stakeholders is essential to success in this position.

The Associate Director will have demonstrated consistently strong leadership skills with an ability to work independently in a rapidly changing environment. The person in this role must be solution-oriented, agile, and resilient. Primary stakeholders are Global Brand Marketing and US Brand Marketing.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Frame Key Business Questions to inform Brand Strategy and Tactical Execution.
  • Lead insights-driven strategic forums and Brand Performance Reviews.
  • Communicate insights and implications clearly to Senior Leaders
  • Develop and oversee execution of Global market research plan to deliver deep, actionable insights for specific tumor responsibilities with a strategic mindset without direct supervision.
  • Gain alignment with brand leaders and insights counterparts on both sides of the Alliance.
  • Anticipate where the market is moving and how external events / competitors may affect the future landscape.
  • Develop a cohesive "story" to connect insights from multiple sources including analytics from medical/pharmacy claims, EMRs, and Specialty Pharmacy / Specialty Distributors as well as primary market research.
  • Seek opportunities for innovation with respect to primary market research, data sources, and analyses.
  • Provide clear insights to inform Forecast assumptions and assess Brand Performance vs. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Comfort in prioritizing and managing multiple requests from large set of stakeholders
  • Collaborate proactively with cross-functional business partners including promotions, digital marketing, advertising agency, precision medicine, patient marketing, and HCP marketing
  • Take full ownership of understanding the business, informing strategic choices, and brand performance vs. targets

Education Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's Degree minimum requirement;
  • Preference with an MBA or Post-graduate in quantitative methods.

Required Experience and Skills:
  • At least 3 years of experience in US pharma Marketing/ Market Research using both primary and secondary data sets

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Oncology experience preferred, especially in ovarian, breast, prostate, and/or pancreatic cancers.
  • Knowledge of biomarkers (BRCA, HRD) is a plus.
  • Global launch experience preferred.
  • Experience in roles supporting sales, forecasting, competitive intelligence.

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 ...

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Requisition ID:R126669