Associate Director, Digital Health and Innovative Alliances

Merck & Co, Inc

$121K — $161K *


1w ago


5 - 7 years of experience

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Job Description

Associate Director, Digital Health & Innovative Alliances (DH&IA): External Sensing


The US Market's Digital Health and Innovative Alliances Team within Strategy and Commercial Operations (S&CO) supports the organization's focus on building innovative solutions with external companies and partners through strategic alliances, collaborations, and other third parties.

The role of the External Sensing Associate Director within the Team will:
  • Lead the assessment of the US digital health ecosystem on an ongoing basis to identify key trends and market evolutions overall, those most relevant and actionable for pharma and identify new capabilities aligned with US strategic priorities
  • Lead the identification of vendor with offerings best aligned with new capabilities being pursued through the capabilities assessment process (CAP), collaboration with our innovation hub and other strategic partnerships with idea incubators
  • Ensure that key ecosystem learnings are shared with the entire DH&IA team and other stakeholders
  • Own and manage multiple external strategic relationships to ensure deliverables include actionable recommendations and that a comprehensive market picture can be established
  • Manage the DH&IA capabilities assessment process (CAP) to ensure prioritized backlog of opportunities and consistent execution of CAPs across the DH&IA team
  • Actively facilitate discussions and interactions with external strategic alliances, collaborations and other identified third parties.
  • Work collaboratively with GHI, Legal, Compliance, Privacy, Procurement, IT, Finance and other areas as needed.
  • This role could include people management

This key position is primarily an internal role but the role will interface a great deal with external strategic alliances, collaborations, and other identified third parties. This role will report into the Director of Digital Health and Innovative Alliances for S&CO.


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Advanced degree preferred (e.g., MBA, MPH)

  • 5+ years of working experience in the pharmaceutical / health care industry including general knowledge of health care technology and digital capabilities and solutions
  • 3+ years of experience working with external strategic partners to assess markets and identify high potential opportunities aligned with strategic priorities
  • Demonstrated competency to develop or co-develop solutions or resources that align with strategic organizational priorities and identified capabilities
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity and to lead diverse teams without direct authority
  • Demonstrated project management and internal process management skills
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex data and insights into user friendly reports and presentations
  • Strong leadership and communication skills
  • Ability to work in innovative 'white space', and a desire to drive innovation in a complex regulatory space
  • Demonstrated skills working in new ways to drive innovative solutions
  • 5-10% Travel

  • Previous experience in pharmaceutical consulting
  • Certified Project Manager (PMP certified or certified in six sigma principles)
  • Trained on Agile Process/Scrum Framework
  • Experience managing accounts, customers or health care ecosystem stakeholders
  • Experience working in a consultative way with internal stakeholders
  • Familiarity with budget management and annual budget planning process


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.


Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Merck & Co., Inc. is a global pharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures, and markets vaccines, biologic therapies, and prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The company operates in four business segments: Pharmaceutical, Animal Health, Healthcare Services, and Alliances. Merck & Co., Inc. was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey. The company is known for its development of the first vaccine against HPV and its production of the first statin drug for lowering cholesterol.
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