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Merck & Co. Inc.

Associate Director, Financial Evaluation & Analysis (R131906)





Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Our Finance team brings together our financial perspectives into our overall strategic and tactical decision making. We use state-of-the-art techniques for financial analysis, planning, accounting, reporting and performance evaluation. This allows the organization to continue advancing medical innovation and improve lives.

Position Description:

Our Company is committed to be the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Our Research & Development Division drives breakthrough science through drug discovery, development and clinical evaluation that radically changes approaches to medical need. Finance is a trusted business partner, playing a critical role in ensuring effective resource utilization to achieve this mission. This is a unique opportunity to gain exposure and contribute to the Research & Development engine that drives our Company’s biopharmaceutical business.

This Position is responsible for overall Financial Evaluations and Analysis for the Research & Development Division pipeline and performing asset valuations in support of the governance venues: Late Development Review Committee (LDRC) and Human Health Product Approval Committee (HHPAC) across all therapeutic areas (TA). The incumbent is also responsible for directly supporting Early Stage Development (ESD).

The position manages two professionals.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Partner with Global Human Health (GHH) and Our Manufacturing Division Finance to provide relevant financial materials for LDRC, HHPAC, annual study prioritization and general decision support.

  • Act as steward of the Research & Development Division valuation model, including making enhancements to processes and systems that support the model. Work with Our Research & Development Division and other Finance stakeholders to establish best practices. Support decision making by preparing and analyzing Net Present Value (NPV) business cases and other financial information for programs.

  • Collaborate with project leaders from Marketing, Our Manufacturing Division, Finance, Project Management, to understand valuation inputs, assumptions, variables and potential sensitivities and scenarios.

  • Lead the financial reporting, planning and analysis processes for Early Stage Development across all TAs including out of pocket forecasts, operating budgets, forecasting, closing, long-range planning cycle and governance process through Discovery and Translational Research Committee (DTRC).

  • Oversee the reporting and data management of pipeline valuation data, interpretation of third-party research related to Pharma R&D and accounting for In Process R&D (IPR&D) including impairment testing and tracking impacts to Contingent Liabilities ensuring compliance with the Sarbanes Oxley Act and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

  • Promote, support and monitor the use of Integrated Business Cases (IBC) throughout Our Research & Development Division .

  • Work closely with Our Research & Development Division and other finance areas to establish best practices and implement process improvements (including our partners in DPED and efforts towards Fortifying our Future).

  • Develop, coach and manage two direct reports.

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Undergraduate Degree, preferably in Business, Finance, Accounting or Science

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience, preferably in Finance or an Operations role.

  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal).

  • Strong Excel skills (intermediate level or above).

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Ability to adjust your approach for working across clients with varying personalities and support needs.

  • Ability to influence decisions and convey the importance of financial stewardship within assigned client groups.

  • Demonstrated success building and maintaining client and peer relationships

  • Demonstrated experience in broad areas such as business administration, strategic planning and analysis, managing and allocating resources, and operational & financial planning and management

  • Ability to provide strategic direction

  • Strong financial acumen

  • Proactive approach to problem solving

  • Understanding of pharmaceutical development

  • Sound and balanced judgment, with the ability to assess and handle risk and be decisive

  • Experience with discounted cash flow analysis

  • BPC and SAP system experience

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:R131906