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GSMG Data Science Manager – Associate Director

The Data & Analytics (D&A) team sits within the Global Supplier Management Group (GSMG) Business Operations organization and is responsible for supporting the entire GSMG organization with analytics support. The D&A team will work closely with the other key areas of the Business Operations team – Process/Policy, Systems Excellence, Global Sourcing & Contracting, Operational Excellence, and Value Realization.

We are seeking GSMG Data Science Manager to help lead the development of applications that deliver data driven insights and improved business outcomes. Reporting to the Director Data and Analytics, our GSMG Business Operation team, this position will work closely with directors and executives across the GSMG organization to understand key business problems and develop appropriate analytical approaches and models. This position will be “hands-on” with a strong focus on the skills needed to extract scientific and business meaning from and interpret data using all kinds of advanced analytics method – statistical, mathematical, including simulations, optimizations, machine learning.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Understands the customer/stakeholders business needs/priorities and helps building solutions that support our business goals. Establish and manages the close relationship with customers/stakeholders.

  • Participates on the definition of complex analytics projects working with the business/IT teams to propose the right analytical approach/methodology

  • Provide periodic reports to Category / GCS Lead / Regional Lead as necessary

  • Act as lead for team of Business Performance Analyst and Category Data Analysts

  • Has overview of the Data Science market development to be able to come up/explore new ways of delivering analytics solutions to increase their value/contribution

  • Manages a group of 3-4 data scientists, drives professional as well as personal development of subordinates to help them growth their expertise and career within our Company to maximize the value they deliver to the business. Is responsible for high quality deliveries of his team.

  • Builds “community of practice” leveraging experience from delivering complex analytics projects, functionally/technically mentors more junior colleagues while contributing to build a strong skilled team of advanced analytic scientists.

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

  • Communicates with the business and provides with necessary insights both from an IT and a business perspective in order to build appreciation for the quantitative tools and analyses and to drive organizational buy in on a journey from descriptive to predictive analytics

  • Promote a culture of modelling and analytics as a differentiator and competitive advantage.

  • Support Data & Analytics Lead to develop periodic reports to support the other Business Operations leads and Category Leads

  • Collaborate with the Data & Analytics Lead for key performance management based on predefined SLA’s and continuous improvement

  • Anticipate future demands of initiatives related to people, technology, budget and business and design / implement solutions to meet these needs to best support category teams and business analytics

Travel will be required (~15%)

Education and Skills Required

  • Degree or advanced degree in data science, mathematics, statistics, or computer science or related fields; PhD preferred

Minimum Experience Required

  • Minimum of 5-10 years of relevant delivery of complex analytical projects (industrialized, validated), minimum 2 years of relevant experience in the Life Sciences industry.

Skills/Knowledge Required

  • Proficiency in statistical analysis, quantitative analytics, forecasting/predictive analytics, multivariate testing, and optimization algorithms multi-method modeling and simulation, optimization; economic decision analysis; algorithm development, data integration, mining, and visualization of complex data

  • 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 (English – both oral and written), 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

What we offer:

  • Exiting work in a great team

  • Competitive salary

  • Position in leading global healthcare company

  • Global projects, international environment

  • Opportunity to learn and grow professionally within the company globally

  • Representative office

Wide range of benefits:

  • Flexible working hours, home office

  • Yearly Bonus based on company and personal performance

  • Pension and health insurance contributions

  • Edenred Benefits + meal vouchers

  • Internal reward system – INSPIRE – with redeeming option as services, goods or vouchers

  • Up to date laptop and iPhone mobile device

Who we are …
We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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.

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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