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(Archived) Associate Director, Product Development

Last Updated: 2/22/21

Job Description


Job Description

The Associate Director Pharmaceutical Development will lead global multi-functional project teams to drive the development and registration of new animal pharmaceutical products for Animal Health Research and Development (R&D). In this critical role, the Associate Director is responsible for all aspects of pharmaceutical product development and will lead cross-functional teams to achieve the project plan on schedule, on target and within budget.

The Global Drug Discovery & Pharmaceutical Development Department drives the progression of pharmaceutical drug candidates from discovery through development to commercialization. As a global project leader of this department, the Associate Director will develop and execute strategies for drug development programs and ensure the data for regulatory approval and commercial value are generated. Hence, this is a high-visibility project leadership position with the potential for significant impact on the future success of Animal Health.

Education Minimum:

  • Qualified candidates will have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and/or a Ph.D. in Life Sciences.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 5 years research and/or animal health industry experience

  • The position requires a high energy level, team building skills, strategic thinking, judgement, and an ability to anticipate and address potential technical/regulatory/compliance issues

  • Strong oral and written communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate to various functional groups in the organization and external regulatory authorities are critical.

  • Strong business acumen

  • The candidate should have a focus on scientific excellence and the needs of customers.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Previous experience in project management is preferred

  • The ideal candidate will have a personal drive for results and an ability to motivate other team members to deliver on project objectives

  • The ideal candidate has an ability to work independently, is highly organized, and can effectively multitask and prioritize

  • Attention to detail and focus on continuous improvement are also important traits for this role

Our Animal Health division is a global leader in veterinary medicine and digital solutions dedicated to the health and well-being of animals and the people who care for them. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal health and well-being and supporting a safe food supply. Through our commitment to the Science of Healthier Animals®, we offer one of our industry’s most innovative portfolio of pharmaceuticals, vaccines and digital health management solutions including traceability and monitoring products that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.






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Company Details

Merck Animal Health

Madison, New Jersey, United States

Merck Animal Health is a research-driven company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services. We offer one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios, spanning products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in all major farm and companion animal species.