Global Site Agreements Associate Director

Upper Gwynedd, PA, US
May 08 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: CLI007353

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. 


Position Description:


Global Site Agreements Associate Director will be responsible for supporting the GCTO regions in achieving faster site ready through executing contracts and finding contracting process efficiency improvements.  At the same time, this position will be responsible for the alignment in GCTO Global Site Agreements across the regions, and for the implementation os standards that would drive compliance and quality in contracting.

This position should demonstrate high business acumen, significant experience in global contracts and capacity to understand challenges in the region and globally, both in insourced and outsourced model, and bring them to resolution in high speed, quality and compliance. 


Global Site Agreements Associate Director shall: 

  • Oversee the escalations and collaborate with the other regional GSA leads to achieve consistency and efficiency in contracting solutions.
  • Negotiate with the Office of General Counsel, Privacy, Global Clinical Development (GCD) Standards Office and Clinical Teams, as appropriate, to find contracting solutions applicable regionally and globally.
  • Develop/maintain regional stampers training material, as well as other contracting curricula learning items
  • Drive inovations, develop tools to support faster execution  of the agreements  and act as a liaison with Global Operations in global contracting initiatives.
  • Perform regular trend analyses, develop metrics set to track regional GSA end-to-end contracting timelines and propose solutions to address the identified gaps.
  • Closely collaborate with GCD Standards SMEs for contract related processes on a HQ/Regional and Country/Site level.


Position Qualifications:


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • Bachelor of Science
Required Experience and Skills:  

  • 5 years of relevant experience in pharmaceutical industry
  • Position requires excellent oral and written skills and strong leadership skills in a virtual, global environment;
  • Site Ready processes expertise (Essential Document Management, Research Agreements, Budgets and other); Quality and Compliance requirements in pharmaceutical industry, preferably in Clinical Research
Preferred Experience and Skills: 

  • Attorney in law with good understanding of clinical trial contract and budget management;
  • Good Clinical Practice certification/training
  • On-site experience, either clinical or administrative
  • Strong computer skills i.e. MS Office, Workshare

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
Other Locations: Rahway, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: No
Company Trade Name: Merck

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