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Merck & Co. Inc.

Director, Transactions (R132199)





Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Our company is on a quest for cures and is committed to be the world’s premier research-intensive bio-pharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Our Research and Development Division is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow and will take our leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics research and development expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

The Headquarters BD&L (Business Development & Licensing) Transactions group is responsible for supporting our Research & Development Division’s business development and licensing objectives. This entails leading a broad set of global transactions including: licensing, collaborations, and mergers & acquisitions at all stages, from pre-clinical through commercial. A critical part of this work is our support of our Company's Clinical Trial Collaborations, Enabling Technologies Transactions, and Discovery Transactions.

The Director – Transactions will lead the negotiation and execution of clinical-trial collaboration agreements in partnership with our Company's external collaborations organization. The incumbent will also negotiate a broad spectrum of transactions involving enabling and platform technologies and may also support transactions intellectual property rights in the discovery and preclinical stages across all therapeutic and functional areas with external academic, government, and industry partners worldwide. They will report to the Head of Clinical Collaborations. A candidate with less than the required level of directly relevant experience may be considered at the Associate Director level.

This is a multi-disciplinary role. The successful candidate will:

  • Have a high degree of scientific and business acumen

  • Have strong interpersonal skills

  • Be comfortable working with internal and external constituencies, and consistently represent our Company in the best possible light

  • Drive projects to completion in a timely fashion

  • Have an understanding of how to implement and manage complex business processes efficiently and effectively

  • Multi-task and prioritize while supporting a large number of projects

  • Have sound judgment and problem-solving skills


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree in life sciences and/or an advanced degree in business or law is a plus

  • A minimum of 10 years professional work experience with at least 5 years in pharmaceutical or biotech roles directly responsible for negotiating and executing transactions

  • Experience in biotech and pharma transactions required

  • Understanding of scientific principles and the drug development process is recommended

  • Experience managing teams is helpful

  • Project team experience within a highly-matrixed organization is required

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.


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Requisition ID:R132199