Senior Specialist, Data Science - Vaccines Advanced Analytics

Merck & Co.
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Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

Our Digital team is innovating how we understand our patients and their needs. Working cross functionally we are inventing new ways of communicating, measuring and interacting with our customers and patients through digital channels and technologies.

The Senior Specialist, Human Health Insights, Data and Analytics is a key member of the vaccines advanced analytics team. The individual in this role will be responsible for deriving and communicating data-driven and actionable insights that drive greater customer and market understanding to inform vaccines launch strategies, business development opportunities and help meet in-line vaccines coverage objectives.

The individual in this role will be working with minimal supervision on small-scale analyses as well as with a scrum team for larger engagements, comprised of data analysts, data engineers, data scientists, statisticians, business analysts, and subject matter experts to deliver well-defined projects and insights.

The preferred candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, understanding of healthcare and technology, a demonstrated record of producing actionable insights from analytics, knowledge of and ability to identify and use new data sources to inform marketing strategy. This role will require interfacing and collaborating with many teams so strong communication skills is a must.

Individuals who will thrive in this role are motivated by developing a deep understanding of marketing and commercialization of vaccine products, and possess an ability to define and translate objectives and business questions into analytical problems that require advanced and scalable analytical solutions that produce actionable insights.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Understand the stakeholders' business priorities and help build solutions that support business goals
  • Choose appropriate analytical techniques and model methods to address business problems
  • Communicate intensively with other platforms/ competencies to comprehend new trends and methodologies being implemented/considered within the company ecosystem
  • Establish and manage close relationships with stakeholders
  • Build “community of practice” leveraging the experience of delivering complex analytics projects
  • Develop production-grade models while thinking strategically 
  • Contribute to innovative experiments, specifically to idea generation, idea incubation and/or experimentation
  • Travel may be required (<10%) 

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • A minimum BS (or equivalent) degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or related quantitative field 
  • Advanced degree preferred 

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 1-3 years of relevant delivery of complex analytical projects
  • Minimum 1 year of professional experience in Applied Machine Learning preferably on cloud environment (AWS, Azure, GCP)
  • Self-motivation, proactivity, and ability to work independently with minimum direction
  • Excellent business acumen, with proven ability to understand business processes in detail – both at global and region/country levels – and translate these into user stories and detailed business requirements
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to navigate a complex matrix environment and organize/prioritize work efficiently and effectively
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse groups of work colleagues and positively manage ambiguity
  • Hands-on experience writing production-grade ML code

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Hands on coding experience in Python/PySpark/R/Scala/Java or any other OOP; ETL using SQL 
  • Experience in SageMaker 
  • Experience using cloud-based SQL & noSQL databases (Redshift, BQ, Athena, Mongo)


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., 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.

Company Info.

Merck & Co.

Merck & Co., Inc. is a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey. It is named after the Merck family, which set up Merck Group in Germany in 1668. The company does business as MSD outside the United States and Canada.

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