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Merck & Co. Inc.

Associate Director, Data Scientist



Full Time

On Site


North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

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.

Our Associate Director roles involve working with our partners across the organization to help them address critical business questions and create scalable and production-grade artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) products. You will be working independently on small-scale analyses as well as with a scrum team for larger engagements, comprised of data scientists, business analysts, data engineers, and subject matter experts to deliver well-defined projects. You will be tasked with designing and creating machine learning models and retraining systems.

Your model deployment will most likely be in the cloud, and we’ll look for the appropriate experience at your end. Some reporting and visualization skills will come in handy too. You don’t have to be an expert in any of these topics but need to be able to demonstrate aptitude and some experience. We will have some resources that you can leverage as needed. This role will require interfacing with teams so strong communication skills is a must. Experience with healthcare data is a plus. Healthcare data is sometimes unstructured and mostly in the form of text and images, so natural-language processing (NLP) and/or computer vision experience is preferred. We will look to your guidance for creating a technical roadmap for the project and exercise your leadership in executing it. We are looking for someone with five years of experience in the data science/engineering space.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Select analytical techniques and model methods best to solve business problems.

  • Understand the customer/stakeholders' business needs/priorities and helps building solutions that support our business goals.

  • Enable delivery of data-analytics projects. Have deep knowledge of the company's supported technology; understand the whole complexity/dependencies between multiple teams, platforms (people, technologies).

  • Communicate intensively with other platform/competencies to comprehend new trends and methodologies being implemented/considered within the company ecosystem.

  • Establish and manage the close relationships with customers/stakeholders.

  • Has overview of the drug substance (DS) market development to be able to come up/explore new ways of delivering analytics solutions to increase their value/contribution.

  • Builds “community of practice” leveraging experience from delivering complex analytics projects.

  • Is tactical and develops production-grade models while thinking strategically.

  • Contribute to innovative experiments, specifically to idea generation, idea incubation and/or experimentation, identifying tangible and measurable criteria.

  • Travel may be required (<10%)

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or related quantitative field

  • Advanced degree preferred

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of relevant delivery of complex analytical projects (industrialized, validated)

  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in Applied Machine Learning, with at least 2 years on cloud environment (AWS, Azure, GCP).

  • Self-motivation, proactivity, and ability to work independently with minimum direction.

  • Proven knowledge of business processes and industry/market trends within the pharmaceutical space.

  • Excellent business acumen, with proven ability to understand business processes in detail – both at global and region/country levels – and translate these into user stories and detailed business requirements.

  • Proven leadership and negotiation skills, along with good analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, along with the ability to communicate appropriately and confidently with colleagues from different backgrounds and seniority levels.

  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to navigate a complex matrix environment and organize/prioritize work efficiently and effectively.

  • Hands-on experience writing production-grade ML code.

Preferred Experience and Skills:


  • Hands on coding experience in Python/R/Scala/Java or any other OOP; ETL using SQL/shell scripting.

  • Experience in TensorFlow/Torch libraries; SageMaker, Databricks, MLflow Spark/distributed compute environment.

  • Experience using cloud-based SQL & noSQL databases (Redshift, BQ, Athena, Mongo, so on).

  • 2+ years of relevant experience in the Healthcare industry.


  • Experiences with project management and data analytics project delivery. Ability to communicate with business user/customer and with IT operations. Good overview of complex Data analytics solutions, ability to explain consequences to both IT and business.


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.


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Requisition ID:R113741