Senior Specialist, GPAM PMO

Upper Gwynedd, PA, US
April 10 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: PRO017080

This position may be in either RY or UG. 

Global Project and Alliance Management (GPAM) sits in the R&D organization at Merck (Merck Research Laboratories, or MRL). The Project Managers and Alliance Managers in GPAM are core members of discovery, development, and alliance teams at Merck. Project Managers drive these cross-functional teams to deliver projects and products that improve human health and Merck’s business, and Alliance Managers ensure successful collaborations with our R&D alliance partners. The GPAM Project Management Office (PMO) is responsible for the development, sustainment, and training of GPAM-owned systems, tools, and business processes as well as alignment with Finance, IT, and functional area operations groups within Merck.
Position Description/SummaryUnder the broad guidance of the Director, Project Management Office and Business Operations, Global Project and Alliance Management (GPAM), the core responsibilities for this position include: 
Process Improvement / PM Operational Support (50-80%): •Collaborating effectively with functional areas, support functions, and alliance partner functions (if applicable) to facilitate the development  of or modification to the processes and tools used by PMs and their teams•Conducting  significant analyses and providing ongoing input into the data quality across GPAM systems and reports, including MS Project schedules•Requires supporting product development project managers on a daily basis to assist with fixing data quality issues •Providing significant analysis and input into the monitoring of GPAM processes and tools used to support the project teams as appropriate; advocate for and contribute to process improvements  and change management activities when warranted
Project Managing Drug Development Projects (20-50%) (Business need dependent):•Managing development teams that are of moderate complexity and/or work effectively with other GPAM professionals to ensure successful execution of higher complexity development team strategies and project plans.  Projects may be in any phase of development (preclinical, clinical, lifecycle management) in any therapeutic area, including molecular entities of any modality (small molecule, biologic, vaccine, combination product). Projects range in priority, pace, and complexity, and may include one or more alliance partners.•Guiding teams through creation, management approval, execution, and termination/closeout of integrated project plans appropriate to the phase of development and complexity of the project.  This includes integration of strategic and tactical input from diverse disciplines (e.g., biology, chemistry, pharmacology, clinical, regulatory, access, supply, and other areas), as applicable to the project.•Collaborating effectively with functional areas, support functions, and alliance partner functions (if applicable) to facilitate project delivery. 

Education, Experience, and Skill Requirements
•Bachelor’s degree required; concentration in a scientific or applied discipline strongly preferred•Minimum of two (2) years of experience in project management or a related role required •Demonstrated leadership and ethics; demonstrated ability to hold others accountable for delivery•Demonstrated commitment to customer focus •Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting, including demonstrated experience building and leading teams, accomplishing goals, etc.•Strong collaboration and problem-solving skills; able to establish good working relationships with employees at all levels, resolve conflict and provide feedback, and to devise and implement creative solutions to problems•Strong communication skills, both oral and written; demonstrated ability to speak up appropriately and to raise issues to teams and management•Highly organized and capable of working with attention to detail.  Able to relate project details to larger project objectives.
Preferred Qualifications•Advanced degree (e.g., MS, MBA, PhD, PharmD) preferred•Product development experience in pharma/biotech strongly preferred •Advanced Excel and data analysis skills •IT and/or finance experience preferred•Sufficient skill level and technical understanding of project planning (interactive sessions, work breakdown structures) and scheduling (critical path, critical chain, budgeting, monitoring, controlling) •Demonstrated ability to manage scope, budget, time, resources and risk effectively for strategic projects; is business savvy and results-oriented. •Demonstrates situational leadership and creative problem solving within organizations and teams •Project management certification (PMP) and/or formal coursework/training in project management strongly preferred
Travel•Yes, 5-10% of the time 
Education Minimum Requirement: see above
Required Experience and Skills:See above. In addition, applicant must be willing to work in office (RY or UG)  at least 2 days/week (subject to departmental remote work policy).

Job: Product Dev Proj/Prog Mgmnt
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
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Company Trade Name: Merck

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