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Job Title: Principal Program Lead  - CLI006091


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.

Responsible and accountable for the oversight and leadership of clinical program execution. Leads and directs teams in key program planning and resourcing, development and execution elements (e.g. program level overviews, issue escalation/mitigations, presentations at Sr. Management meetings, program level cross functional meetings and governance, advisory meeting preparation). Has overarching responsibilities and/or oversight of multiple clinical programs or disease areas or highly complex programs. Assists the Clinical Directors in scientific leadership/investigator initiatives including preparation of publications, meeting presentations, due diligence activities, etc. Provides input into strategic direction for program level and/or therapeutic aligned end-to-end activities (planning through post-approval). Ensures consistency across program elements. Facilitates and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders in support of clinical program objectives. Builds talent and capabilities of team members through proactive coaching, mentoring and development opportunities. May include management of direct reports including assignment of resources, professional development and performance management.




  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Degree in the Life Sciences or significant experience in clinical development (>18 years)
  • Pharmaceutical and/or clinical drug development experience.
  • Excellent oral (including presentation) and written communication, project management, and computer/database management skills.
  • Antibacterial experience

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 - Clin Ops

Primary Location NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Other Locations NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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