Senior Scientist, Clinical Research, Global Trial Optimization Job

Gwynedd, PA, US
October 10 2017
Organization Type
Senior Scientist, Clinical Research, Global Trial Optimization-CLI006579


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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

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 5 years clinical research experience including experience contributing to drug development planning teams; clinical trial planning and feasibility experience
- A demonstrated project management skill set


- Core analytical skills and ability to synthesize data and differing points of view in support of evidence- based trial execution planning.
- A demonstrated ability to identify risks to execution and contribute to planned solutions is desirable
- Ability to negotiate and influence stakeholders
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Knowledge and ability to apply GCP / ICH and applicable regulatory guidelines
- Superior presentation skills
- 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

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Job: Clinical Research - Clin Ops

Job Title:Sr. Scientist, Clin. Operations

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Other Locations: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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