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Merck Associate Director, IT Architecture in Rahway, New Jersey

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

Leads and drives solution architecture in support of one or more functional areas for our Manufacturing Division Discovery, Preclinical and Early Development organization, while understanding and contributing to the development and refinement of enterprise architecture and influencing application architecture. Role includes :

  • Drive transformation from legacy solutions to modern cloud based, applications integrated through APIs and supporting big data analytics.

  • Functioning as Trusted advisor to client services leaders and solutions delivery teams

  • Create, maintain and assume accountability for a culture of high customer service

  • Drive a culture of collaboration across functional areas and IT teams

  • Provide thought leadership to functional area program planning and technology strategy and enterprise architecture strategy

  • Leads/drives vendor, technology and solution evaluations and make recommendations Operational

  • Leads/drives solution architecture and contribute to business/ information architecture for portfolio programs/ projects for complex business capabilities, programs and across business areas.

  • Contribute to maintaining and evolving current state and future state application landscapes across a complex business/ IT environment

  • Leads and drives efforts to evaluate solution delivery alternatives, review solutions delivery plans from an architecture perspective, and provide appropriate ongoing guidance

  • Deliver engaging, informative and well-organized presentations, as needed

  • Contribute to building solution architecture competency and practices

  • Leads /drives evaluating new technologies and innovation opportunities

  • Manages contract resources /vendors where required.

Bachelors Degree Required Experience and Skills:

  • 8+ years Experience and a track record of success leading, solution information architecture from concept through solution delivery for enterprise software solutions in laboratory /life sciences R&D functions

  • Technical thought leadership, sound understanding of the technology trends and a track record of success leading and driving transformation of application landscapes including but not limited to transition from client server to micro services/cloud based solutions, data aggregation big data analytics, application integration, API design and implementation.

  • Familiarity with a wide variety of application, database, hardware infrastructure platforms.

  • Demonstrated experience in delivering shared objectives in a matrix organization and global environment, including internal teams and external vendors/ partners

  • Understanding of IT processes, SDLC methodologies, and knowledge of regulatory landscape, with preference for experience in delivering and supporting validated systems

  • Experience with managing contractors and vendor relationships.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • BS in scientific domain or computer sciences with work experience in life sciences R&D

  • Practical experience applying enterprise architecture methodologies such as TOGAF and the Zachman Framework to IT programs as well as use of architecture tool sets (e.g. enterprise architect)

  • Experience with leading design, implementation of GxP/regulated solutions.

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID: R45908