Associate Director – IT Solution Architect

Merck Cherokee

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Branchburg, NJ

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Attention N.J. Applicants: In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, N.J. by 2023. Therefore, the N.J. work location for this role will be temporarily based and the exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, N.J. will be communicated at a future date.

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.

The Get to Market / Sustain on Market Value Team (GtMSoM) is seeking a highly motivated individual responsible for developing and supporting solution architectures for the Our Company's Research Labs division. This role will be responsible for integrating with key programs across the division to implement the architecture strategy and processes in a consistent manner. In addition, this role will be responsible for contributing thought leadership to the evolution of architecture processes.

Under the leadership of the Director, our Company's Research Lab IT Get to Market/Sustain on Market Value Team (GtmSoM) Architect, the Associate Director will

  • Lead and design platform architecture that will enable best-in-class IT capabilities supporting our Company's Research Labs information technology product lines spanning Global Regulatory Affairs, Patient Safety, Development Data Consumption, Quality / Compliance, and Pipeline Portfolio Planning
  • Define & implement integration to systems & solutions that meet product requirements
  • Provide architecture guidance and thought leadership in developing and implementing vision and roadmap for our Research & Development Division Development Data and Analytics capabilities across the entire data value chain from ingestion to insights.
  • Design solutions to drive and deliver value by re-factoring existing monolithic application stacks within Life Sciences, automation, and digital transformation through use of Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning, robotic process automation, cloud-based services, and other emergent technologies.
  • Evaluate project constraints to find alternatives, alleviate risks, and perform process re-engineering if required. Find resolution to technical issues as they arise.
  • Be responsible for the delivery of architectural artifacts including solution architectures, solution roadmaps, capability models, etc. and contribute to shaping the future state of the solutions
  • Collaborate and communicate with all stakeholders, including internal and external developers, end-users, product line/product owners and architects. Update stakeholders on the status of product development processes.
  • Partner and align with other Architecture stakeholders including Enterprise Architects, and solution architects from other product lines and organizations to develop reusable technology products that utilize digital technologies.
  • Evolve the solution architecture capability and overall discipline within the GtMSoM Value Team

Position Qualifications:


  • B.S. or higher in IT, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields


  • Minimum of 10 years of demonstrated experience in architecture, technical analysis, design and/or development of enterprise IT systems and/or Data and Analytics platform.
  • Strong process understanding, system architecture skills with analytical thinking for problem solving
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, writing API wrappers and leveraging API on applications that natively do not expose API as an integration option
  • Experience with one or more programming/scripting languages (python, Java, JavaScript, R, C/C++, C#, Shell, etc.)
  • Experience with Agile, DevOps and CICD
  • Industry and/or Academic experience with standard AI and ML techniques and RPA.
  • Proven hands-on expertise and knowledge of current software development, cloud, security technologies
  • Able to provide technical direction to maintain AWS cloud infrastructure in optimal configuration from both technical and budgetary perspectives
  • Enthusiasm to quickly learn and experiment new technologies and systems
  • Technical thought leadership and sound understanding of the technology trends and application landscape both internally at our Company and externally in the industry
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with a variety of audiences and stakeholders including, but not limited to IT leads, architects, IT peers, and colleagues worldwide
  • Demonstrated ability to manage priorities, and a proactive approach to resolving problems and delivering results and be a strong and motivated team-player
  • Demonstrated good presentation and communication skills to present complex architecture design, concepts, processes in a clear and appealing manner
  • Must work independently while owning and leading projects while communicating updates, outcomes, and objectives


  • AWS Solutions Architect Professional Certification
  • Prior working experience as a technical leader implementing and/or following Agile methodologies.
  • Experience with Data and Analytics platform including strong technical understanding of tools and architecture
  • High proficiency in architecting scalable and performant solutions across Data Management, Integrations, Visualization and Advanced Analytics
  • Exposure to Life Sciences domain and Health Care is a big plus
  • Exposure to RPA frameworks like UIPath to automate repeatable processes in complex business workflow in life sciences area
  • Knowledge and experience with Application development, testing and implementation in external hosting and cloud environments is a plus.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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