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Merck & Co. Inc.

Senior Specialist, Oncology IT Project Manager



Full Time

On Site


North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

The incumbent has responsibility for project management of IT Divisional initiatives that support our Company's business strategies.

The Project Manager collaborates with the IT Client Service Leaders in partnering with the relevant business and IT areas to effectively coordinate execution of strategic projects. The incumbent will be jointly accountable with fellow project managers to improve program and project management capabilities.

Within US Human Health IT, the Project Manager position supports the Oncology Customer Business Line (CBL) The incumbent will be assigned to key customer-facing Oncology CBL areas, stakeholders and/or initiatives including Digital Engagement, Launch Excellence, and Innovation. This person combines the expertise of Project Management, Resource Acquisition, and our Company's IT Compliance and Integration. The Project Manager facilitates planning and reporting activities for strategic activities, is a trusted advisor of the business account manager and client service leads, ensures our Company's technology standards compliance and identifies and pursues integration and leveraging of existing platform opportunities.

Primary Activities

Under the management of the Associate Director, Program/Project Management, the Project Manager leads the delivery of our Company's strategic projects.

Integral to this activity is the development, implementation, and administration of sound project management disciplines, as well as coordination of change management in the business.

Program Management Activities

Evaluates the IT Divisional initiatives looking for opportunities to group like projects to gain the greatest efficiencies and strategic value.

Contributes to development of sound business cases.

Manage client commitment and leadership expectations in terms of program status, upcoming milestones, scope, budgets, quality, and delivery of benefit.

Manage and coordinate program-level changes, risks, and issues.

Review/approve project plans, estimates, financial spreadsheets, financial approval, communication, plan and project governance.

Involve cross-functional teams (platform, testing, change, communication, training, support, and helpdesk) and ensure all activities are captured in the master plan.

Project Management Activities

Manages client commitment and leadership expectations in terms of project status, upcoming milestones, scope, budgets, quality, and delivery of benefits.

Provides input into overall portfolio management process, annual and ongoing portfolio planning for demand analysis, program/project estimation and prioritization with Portfolio Lead and Client Service Directors.

Builds strong relationships with business and technology solution leaders. Understands business area opportunities and challenges and impacted process or systems.

Collaborates on the development of business cases to secure the approval and resources required to pursue the development of new capabilities, manage the development of requirement specifications related to new capabilities and guide the efforts of project teams chartered to implement these same capabilities.

Manages deliverable estimation process, resource allocation and utilization efficiently and negotiates resource conflicts with other managers.

Ensures resource availability and allocation, escalating to management as necessary.

Establish the project governance definition of project scope and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility.

Creates and maintains master project plans, schedules and reviews them with the appropriate IT and business partners and steering committees.

This includes tracking plans against agreed upon resource levels, timelines and budgets.

Facilitates vendor identification, selection and contracting with business owner, procurement and financial departments and Information Security and Risk Management. Maintains ongoing management of vendor throughout the life of the project and delivery against the contract and project plan.

Provides ongoing status updates on project progress, risks, change management and issue resolution. Leads issue identification, tracking, escalation and resolution documentation. Monitors risk events before becoming issues and potential roadblocks.

Accountable for ensuring that all work is performed in compliance with applicable policies, laws and regulations.

Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 5+ years of Project Management experience with guiding IT projects (>$500K) from inception to close-out.
  • Strong communication (written, oral, presentation), negotiation, influencing and relationship skills along with high personal integrity, credibility, and energy at all levels of the organization.
  • Experience working with SDLC and Agile methodologies required.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and define business problems, develop business cases, and advise business owners on managing risks.
  • Ability to work toward enterprise goals, using influence rather than control, and fostering a work environment based on trust, sharing and collaboration.
  • Competent in the use of project management and analytical software tools.
  • Experience in managing third-party vendors and development partners in a global environment.
  • Ability to manage through complexity and ambiguity along with competing priorities.
  • Ability to coach and mentor junior project managers.

Education Requirement:

BS or advanced degree in IT, Scientific or Engineering field.

PMP or similar certification (preferred).

Agile / Scrum master certification (preferred).

Six Sigma certification (plus).

AWS certification (plus).

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

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:R132194