Scientist, Clinical Research, Global Trial Optimization Job

Gwynedd, PA, US
March 20 2017
Organization Type
Scientist, Clinical Research, Global Trial Optimization:CLI005777


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Responsible for evaluating planned clinical programs and trials for feasibility and execution planning. Analytical skills include gathering key data sources and applying them to inform strategic planning and risk mitigation of global clinical trials and programs across multiple therapeutic areas within the Global Operations organization.

Job Responsibilities:

- Develop evidenced based operational feasibility reports in support of clinical trial and program teams to execute clinical studies according to business objectives.

- Serve as a consultant to project and program teams for new and existing product development teams planning programs and studies

- Independently manage the scope of work, objectives, quality of deliverables, and other activities of assigned projects.

- Identify informational/evidenced based needs of project teams and collaborate with cross functional stakeholders to acquire data assets to address relevant execution challenges.

- Identify risks to execution and initiate collaborative efforts with cross functional stakeholders to identify solutions and assess their potential impact to trial planning and execution.

- Author trial program/trial level patient recruitment and retention plans

- Coordinate feasibility activities and team communications to ensure that overall project milestones are met.

- Maintain knowledge of current and innovative methods to assess clinical program/trial feasibility, potential vendors, trends, and technologies to increase efficiency, accuracy,productivity and recommend strategic support as needed.

- Leverage internal and external intelligence to support and refine methods and tactics on assigned projects.

- Support continued process improvement to ensure quality within the organization

- May mentor peers and cross functional colleagues





- At least 3 years clinical research experience including experience contributing to drug development planning teams; specifically, clinical trial planning and feasibility experience, with a demonstrated project management skill set


- Core analytical skills and ability to gather data and differing points of view in support of evidence- based trial execution planning.

- Some experience in identifying risks to execution and contributing to planned solutions

- Ability to engage cross functional stakeholders

- Developing progressive interpersonal and communication skills

- Knowledge and ability to apply GCP / ICH and applicable regulatory guidelines

- Experienced in presentation work to cross functional teams

- Computer skills including proficiency in aspects of data analysis and presentation software, Microsoft Word, and Excel

- Excellent organizational and problem solving skills

- Effective time management skills and ability to manage competing priorities

- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a matrix environment

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Primary Location: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Other Locations: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Job Type: Full Time

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Relocation Provided: None

Company Trade Name:Merck

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