Senior Director, Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics

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Job Title: Senior Director, Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics
Location: New York, NY, Mid-Atlantic United States,

Company: Merck
Industry Sector: Agribusiness

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Our Quantitative Sciences team use big data to analyze the safety and efficacy claims of our potential medical breakthroughs. We review the quality and reliability of clinical studies using deep scientific knowledge, statistical analysis and high-quality data to support decision making in clinical trials.

Position Description:

Therapeutic area Senior Directors in Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics (QP2) are responsible for driving integrated end-to-end discovery through development portfolio decisions for multiple disease areas within a therapeutic area and for the performance, talent and resource management of their team.

This role oversees an extensive portfolio in the cardiovascular, metabolic disease and ophthalmology therapeutic areas (CMD) that has experienced significant growth through internal research and business development, and includes multiple assets moving through near-term late development milestones. The CMD Senior Director is responsible for driving the portfolio forward leveraging the full strength of the QP2 department while also being responsible for talent development and staff performance management.

In addition, Senior Directors represent QP2 and provide critical strategic input on cross-functional committees and task forces, with leadership and active contributions to one or more business or talent facing workstreams. They are recognized as emerging external scientific thought leaders that develop and implement translational PK/PD strategies, characterize clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of small molecules, biologics and novel modalities, and inform dose selection and go/no-go decisions.

As the Senior Director for the CMD therapeutic area, you will be responsible for providing strategic leadership and talent management for the department through:
  • Leading a team of 10-12 QP2 scientists including people management, scientific and operational oversight, under the direction of the Executive Director of CMD, Infectious Disease and Vaccines
  • Leveraging end-to-end drug discovery/development and disease area expertise to independently provide day-to-day scientific oversight to individual contributors
  • Maintaining a comprehensive understanding of global regulatory expectations for small molecules, biologics and novel modalities, authoring and reviewing regulatory documents (INDs, CSRs, CTDs), and representing QP2 at regulatory meetings
  • Setting priorities for direct reports and driving performance management, hiring and retention, staff development and training, and input into calibration and talent management processes
  • Improving the diversity of our teams, ensuring equity of opportunity and an inclusive workplace
  • Identifying resource needs and contributes to resource allocation internally and through management of business operations including travel and outsourcing budgets
  • Working with QP2 leadership to contribute to the development and execution of departmental priorities and ensure broad alignment of individual priorities/performance of team with the QP2 vision/mission
  • Providing functional representation on committees, task forces or initiatives spanning beyond QP2

The Senior Director is an experienced quantitative drug developer and people manager, with a strong, integrated understanding of the strategic elements of drug discovery and development. The selected candidate will develop strategies for quantitative analyses (and commensurate experiments/trials) within and across discovery and development programs in the cardiovascular and metabolic disease therapeutic area. In addition to the responsibilities described above, Senior Directors demonstrate outstanding leadership and communication skills collaborating across QP2 and with other functional areas, as well as with external vendors and partners to create a quantitative model-informed approach to impact program strategies and decision making on drug development teams.

Position Qualifications :

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree with at least 10 years of discovery, drug development and/or regulatory experience

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Demonstrated track record in establishing an inclusive and high-performance work environment through building talent, fostering collaboration and driving results while managing through ambiguity, including at least 2 years of management experience
  • Extensive experience in developing quantitative strategies for impacting pipeline decisions, direct experience in regulatory interactions and filings, and drug development expertise in cardiovascular or metabolic disease

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Expert skills in performing population PK/PKPD analyses using standard pharmacometric software (e.g. NONMEM, R, Monolix, Phoenix, etc.)
  • Advanced scientific understanding of biopharmaceutical and ADME properties for both small molecules and biologics
  • Proficiency in written and verbal communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, and problem scoping and planning, with a demonstrated ability to participate in and lead interdisciplinary teams
  • Recognized leader in the field of quantitative pharmacology with a track record of sustained external visibility through publications, presentations and/or involvement in professional organizations

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

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.


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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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Expected salary range:
$193,440.00 - $304,500.00
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Job Post Date: 01/25/23
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