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Merck & Co., Inc

Associate Director Finance, Biologics Discovery Operations

Merck & Co., Inc - Palo Alto, CA

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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’s Financial organization helps plan and analyze the resources that allow us to continue advancing medical innovation around the world. This team of attentive, exacting individuals prepares and organizes financial assets in order to drive Merck’s momentum towards providing the world with an evolving, diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines, and animal health products that fuel global wellness. 

Under the guidance of the Finance Director for Biologics & Vaccine Development the position is responsible for partnering with the business to establish an aligned, operational vision and mission within the Merck Protein Sciences organization. The position will support the V.P. of Protein Sciences and his team through the development of strategic, operational and financial plans and establish the capability to deploy resources to critical business drivers, including annual functional objectives and the long term strategic goals. 

Responsibilities include: 

•Supporting the monthly close and related activities 

•Developing accurate Budgets, Forecasts and Long-Range expense and capital plans to support the areas strategic and operational goals 

•Building sustainable financial processes to support the group; integrating tools from the rest of Merck Research Laboratories Financial Services 

•Working with Functional leadership to create, monitor and cascade performance objectives into functional areas 

•Participating as a member of the Protein Sciences Leadership Team and providing financial and business support to the team 

•Assuring alignment and integration with other support functional groups (e.g. Global Facilities Management, IT) into Functional plans to ensure realization of the stated strategic intent 

•Providing ad hoc analysis and support to Protein Sciences, Finance and Merck Research Laboratory Divisional change initiatives 


Education Minimum Requirement: 

Bachelors in Business, Finance, Accounting, Engineering or Science

Required Experience and Skills: 

Minimum of 5 years of operational or finance experience

Preferred Experience and Skills:

•CPA, MBA or other Master/PhD in Business, Finance, Science or Engineering

•Work experience in Pharmaceutical or related industry; preferably in research 

•Experience in a Financial Planning & Reporting role

•Experience successfully partnering with senior management/executive leadership at business unit level

•Excellent verbal and written communication skills

•Ability to provide strategic direction for business operations models

•Strong financial acumen

•Demonstrated ability to develop, evaluate, organize, direct and deliver on operational objectives in the areas of planning, finance and metric setting leading continuous operational improvement

•Proactive approach to problem solving

•Results and process-driven orientation

•Proven track record in driving large organizational change initiatives

•Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to influence, ability to build internal and external relationships; proven negotiation skills 

•Sound and balanced judgment; able to asses and handle risks; decisive

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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Associate Director Finance, Biologics Discovery Operations Merck & Co., Inc - Palo Alto, CA, United States


Location: Palo Alto, CA

Company Profile:
Merck has a long and rich history of working to improve people's health and well-being. Through the years, our researchers have helped to find new ways to treat and prevent illness - from the discovery of vitamin B1, to the first measles vaccine, to cold remedies and antacids, to the first statins to treat high cholesterol. Our scientists also have helped develop many products to improve animal health, including vaccines and antibiotics. While we are proud of our past, we are enthusiastic about the future of this new company and we are excited to help create a healthier, brighter future for people around the world.