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Associate Principal Study Manager


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Job Title: Associate Principal Study Manager  - CLI006295


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 is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 


The  Associate Principal Study Manager oversees the operational support for one or more clinical trials conducted as part of the investigational product development program. May supervise the activities of other Study Managers supporting the program/protocol and serves as a liaison with other functional areas for program/protocol issues. 

  • Responsible for the operational planning, feasibility, execution and conduct of a clinical protocol(s)/program.
  •  Leads and directs teams in key study planning, development and execution elements (e.g. operational reviews, issue escalation/mitigations, presentations at Sr. Management meetings, program level cross-functional meetings and governance).
  • Serves as the Clinical Trial Team (CTT) lead and may have program level responsibilities.  Responsible for managing project schedule. 
  • Responsible for facilitating and collaborating with key internal/external stakeholders (study team, subsidiary country teams, vendors, committees, etc.) in support of clinical study objectives.
  • Responsible for managing trial specific partners and/or vendors.
  • Builds talent and capabilities of junior team members through proactive coaching, mentoring and development opportunities.
  • May include management of direct reports including assignment of resources, professional development and performance management.



Education Requirement:

  • Degree in the Life Sciences or significant experience in clinical development (>15 years)
  • Bachelor’s degree with 11 years’; or MS with 8 years’; or PhD with 2 years’ relevant career experience.

Required Experience:

  • Degree in the Life Sciences or significant experience in clinical development (>15 years)
  • Bachelor’s degree with 11 years’; or MS with 8 years’; or PhD with 2 years’ relevant career experience.
  • Pharmaceutical and/or clinical drug development experience in Oncology
  • Excellent oral (including presentation) and written communication, computer/database management and project management skills.


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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Job Clinical Research (Non-M.D.)

Primary Location NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Other Locations NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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