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Merck Associate Director Strategic Development and Innovation - Companion Animal Training and Development in Boston, Massachusetts

Job Description

Our Animal Health Marketing team takes a customer centric perspective using customer feedback and market intelligence data. Using this data, we design, develop and deploy products, platforms, brands and marketing initiatives that ensure we can improve the health and well-being of animals everywhere.

The Associate Director of Strategic Development and Innovation (SDI) – Training and Development will report to the Director of SDI CA & Equine. This individual will play a critical role, working collaboratively with other SDI Associate Directors (who support our current portfolio and new product launches and develop the Master technical presentations for the veterinarian) to develop the ‘next tier’ training for internal and external stakeholders that include field sales teams, internal marketing teams, Corporate Account Managers, Distribution and key customer accounts. Another critical responsibility will be the ability to respond appropriately and quickly with audience appropriate messaging to challenging Competitive Intelligence regarding our competitors.

Key responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for working closely with the SDI team, CA&E PSV, Sales and PV teams, CA&E Marketing, Regulatory and Legal, CAM and Distribution to insure training is delivered in a timely fashion to support our existing portfolio and new product launches / acquisitions. This individual, together with other members of the SDI team, will be involved in helping plan the “go to market strategies” for commercialization and delivery of products for the US CA&E commercial operations

  • Utilizes significant depth of veterinary technical knowledge and experience in adult training to develop short, mid, and long-term training strategies to meet the needs of our commercial teams.

  • Works closely with SDI, Competitive Intelligence, TM, PSV, and Marketing teams monitor market trends and provide timely responses in support of our portfolios. Will be responsible for developing time-sensitive internal training material on competitor products.

  • Uses SDI Master technical presentations to create separate training materials for field sales teams, internal marketing teams and Distribution teams

  • Assists other SDI Associate Directors with processing and translation of data from MSS and CORE studies into audience appropriate presentations

  • Participates on an as-needed basis in PIT calls for late-stage products

  • The travel requirements for this position are estimated at 20 – 40% of the time. Travel responsibilities will be prioritized by project value and will be domestic.

The focus of this position is strategic and cross-functional with a focus on developing and executing training programs for internal and external stakeholders responsible for the commercial success of our entire companion animal (and equine) portfolio of products and services. The position requires a leader with excellent communication, organization, project management and presentation skills and experience in adult learning.

Background & Education:

  • Must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Must have at least 5 years’ experience in the Animal Health Industry and at least 3 years in clinical practice experience

  • Must have at least 3 years’ of experience and demonstrated skills in development presentation of technical material for a variety of veterinary audiences

  • Strategically minded and visionary thinker

  • Strong veterinary background in internal medicine and parasitology

  • Balanced ability to collaborate and influence across multiple internal and external stakeholders

  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written, including highly effective presentation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to draw appropriate and scientifically balanced conclusions from reports/data, and analyses to support product recommendations

  • Must be able to plan and coordinate strategic project activities, collaborating with other stakeholders to maximize team’s results

  • Demonstrated deep understanding of customers’ and internal stakeholders’ needs, requirements, and expectations to continuously seek new ways to improve the delivery of time-appropriate training in support of existing and new products and services

  • Skilled at developing strong networks and relationships across functions and other organizational boundaries

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Our Animal Health Division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to preserving and improving health, well-being, and performance of animals and the people who care for them. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet.

Through our commitment to The Science of Healthier Animals®, we offer veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest ranges of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services as well as an extensive suite of digitally connected identification, traceability and monitoring products. We invest in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. We are present in more than 50 countries, while our products are available in some 150 markets.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

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 .

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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No relocation

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Remote Work, Telecommuting


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Requisition ID: R122599