Sr. Specialist, Data Scientist

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Job Title: Sr. Specialist, Data Scientist
Location: New York, NY, Mid-Atlantic United States,

Company: Merck
Industry Sector: Agribusiness

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Job Description

At our company we are leveraging analytics and technology, as we invent for life on behalf of patients around the world. We are seeking those who have a passion for using data, analytics, and insights to drive decision making, that will allow us to tackle some of the world's greatest health threats. Within our commercial Insights, Analytics, and Data organization we are transforming to better power decision-making across our end-to-end commercialization process, from business development to late lifecycle management.

Global Commercial Assessment & Forecasting (GCAF) is a global function encompassing long-range pharmaceutical asset forecasting across the product lifecycles of all assets within Human Health (Oncology, Vaccines, Hospital Specialty / Primary care). Assets include early and late-stage molecules in clinical development, companies under considerations by business development for partnering and/ or acquisition as well as currently launched products. Forecasting deliverables support division planning and decision making across multiple functional areas such as finance, manufacturing, product development and commercial.

In addition to ensuring high-quality deliverables, our team drives synergies across divisions, fosters innovation and best practices, and creates solutions to bring speed, scale and shareability to our planning processes. As we endeavor, we are seeking a dynamic talent for the role of "Sr. Specialist, Data Scientist".

The preferred candidate will have an understanding of healthcare, technology, and data science, and be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills and an ability to work both independently and collaboratively. This role requires excellent programming skills in Python and exceptional solutioning abilities for complicated business problems. Exposure to simulations, process automation, reporting and dashboarding capabilities, and pharmaceutical forecasting experience will be added advantage. The Sr. Specialist, Data Scientist will support a multi-functional team and be responsible for project deliver management, so strong communication skills are also a must.

Primary Tasks:
  • Responsible for delivery of designs, specifications, and requirements, and working with a team of data scientists and developers in the definition and delivery of forecasting and other analytical solutions.
  • Recommend and support process changes through analytics, understanding of the business, and problem solving.
  • Work closely with stakeholders to envision analytical methods to be aligned with business requirements.
  • Interface with requirements and a development team for identifying required activities, supporting delivery, and reviewing deliverables.
  • Collaborate on software development patterns and standards with the development team
  • Collaborate on idea generation, definition, and construction with teams across the company.
  • Provide technical guidance and project management support to other team members.
  • Participate in the development and presentation of ideas and system improvements

Conduct code reviews, ensure changes enhance maintainability, performance, and security

  • A minimum of BS (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or an equivalent quantitative discipline.

Knowledge and Skills:
  • 3+ years experience in design and delivery of data-intensive applications for analytical use-cases.
  • Applied experience related to time-series forecasting, stochastic simulation, optimization, and machine learning
  • Experience developing statistical and machine learning models in Python
  • Deep understanding of the fundamentals of iterative and incremental development
  • Demonstrable expertise of agile methodology and frameworks like Scrum, Kanban, etc.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills (both oral and written) with the ability to clearly
  • Communicate complex messages to a variety of audiences
  • Ability to lead and participate in cross-functional teams effectively
  • Demonstrated competency in developing and managing complex project plans

Our Human Health Division maintains a "patient first, profits later" ideology. The organization is comprised of sales, marketing, market access, digital analytics and commercial professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing our medicines to our customers worldwide.

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.



In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico - Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) ("Customer-Facing Role") who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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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.

Under New York City law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate's relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:
$106,600.00 - $181,400.00

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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Job Post Date: 11/18/22
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