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Job Title: GCBI Payer CoE Senior Specialist  - MAR006476


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 Global Human Health (GHH) Division abides by a “patient first, profits later” ideology. Results-driven and ambitious, this team of individuals represents a functional balance between meeting company objectives and the needs of people around the world. The organization is comprised of sales and marketing professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing Merck's prescription medicines, vaccines, and other medical products to our customers worldwide. 

The GBCI Market Research Payer CoE is responsible for leading strategic market research in support of global access, pricing and reimbursement across the Merck’s General Medicine Portfolio.  The position works closely with the Team Leader or another senior team member in executing on Best Practices for global access, pricing and reimbursement and disseminates learnings throughout the organization. The position requires strategic alignment with the multiple stakeholders including franchise market researchers, commercial, global market access & pricing teams.  The position requires an understanding of primary market research, syndicated reports and secondary analytics.   The appropriate individual will have experience in synthesizing and applying research insights to influence marketing strategy and identify opportunities. The position requires an individual with leadership skills, an ability to work independently and deal well with ambiguity, and a strong desire for keeping abreast of the dynamic regulatory environments that impact pharmaceutical access globally but a strong focus within the US.  

Primary Activities - Primary activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Manages all aspects of primary market research under the direction of a senior team member including leadership in framing critical business questions, identification of information needs, development of research/analysis plans and management of the research process to deliver an objective understanding of key customers, competitors, products and current/future market developments as it pertains to product access and reimbursement.
  • Considers alternative ways of meeting an information need, seeks out and recommends appropriate sources to address business requests and considers new techniques
  • Identifies critical business issues and opportunities for product access. In consultation with senior team members, provides recommendations on marketing strategies and tactics based on research insights and data analysis, and provides critical and actionable insights around product reimbursement and coverage.
  • Provides rationale for methodologies/ research approach to multiple stakeholders, drafts Requests for Proposals, and articulates the hypotheses to be tested.
  • Implements research studies/ analytics & monitors budget; works with senior team member to brief agencies to deliver what is required – understands vendor capabilities, quality requirements, and recommends innovative options.
  • Leads implementation of all administrative aspects of research studies.
  • Responsible for the synthesis of information from secondary research, including the analysis and dissemination of syndicated research.  Responsible for understanding the various syndicated and secondary data and performing analytics to inform payer strategies and tactics. 
  • Proactively collaborates with cross-functional business partners to enhance business results by providing recommendations on product access and pricing decisions based on research insights and data analysis. 
  • Strong communication and leadership skills required to share and leverage market access insights   
  • Works directly with research agencies to ensure effective presentations and other material; reviews analysis of research data, converts it into a presentation; verifies research data accuracy 


  • BA/BS degree required MBA highly desirable.

  • Requires minimum 2 years pharmaceutical market research and/ or related experience (sales, marketing, marketing/ sales support)
  • Well-developed analytical skills, strong problem-solving, and demonstrated ability to think strategically and objectively
  • Orientation toward collaboration/ team work, ability to lead teams in execution of market research, interest in ongoing learning
  • Ability and comfort in leading in a complex and ambiguous environment of a global matrix  organization
  • Ability to work independently, communicate effectively and a strong desire to lead change in terms of developing best practices

  • Knowledge of the US payer access environment is preferred.
  • Experience in working within the access and/or pricing capacity in ex-US markets is desirable, regardless of therapeutic area. 
  • Develop & demonstrate the appropriate degree of performance in all Leadership Standards (particular emphasis on Focus on Customers, Make Rapid/Disciplined Decisions, act with courage & candor, drive results, foster collaboration)

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 Market Research & Analytics

Primary Location NA-US-PA-North Wales

Other Locations NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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