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Business Analyst Student Placement x2 Job

Date: Oct 26, 2017

Location: Hoddesdon, ENG, GB

Company: MSD

Requisition ID: MAR006526

MSD 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 MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

MSD’s Global Human Health (GHH) Division abides by a “patient first, profits later” ideology. Results-driven and ambitious, this team of individuals represents a functional balance between meeting company objectives and the needs of people around the world. The division is comprised of sales and marketing professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing MSD's prescription medicines, vaccines, and other medical products to our customers worldwide.

Joining our dedicated and talented team for 12 months as a placement student will help build a strong foundation for success in your future.

The Business Insights and Data Solutions Department is responsible for Market Research, Market Intelligence, data analysis, forecasting, performance monitoring, and metrics tracking across MSD’s Product Portfolio. We work closely with Marketing, Sales, and Finance to support market understanding and effective customer engagement to ensure we focus on emphasising the value of our brands to our customers and, more importantly, patients through a number of different channels. We play a critical role in guiding business decisions and tactical planning.

These roles entail responsibility for the reporting of MSD and competitor information to the Leadership team. The successful candidates will be involved in data analysis, marketing activities, market research, future performance indicators and the reporting on corporation and product sales. This will involve working cross functionally across the MSD portfolio, providing valuable opportunities to gain experience in other roles and responsibilities across these groups. This provides a superb opportunity to learn about the dynamics of the pharmaceutical industry and the major competitor companies within.

Key Objectives and Responsibilities

• To support the delivery of Corporate and Product Performance reporting across the MSD portfolio
• Support the delivery of regular sub-national sales and channel performance reports for promoted brands
• Providing analysis and insight on key performance indicators to aid decision making
• Providing Sales Bonus and incentive tracking across the MSD Sales Teams
• To support Analysts with Adhoc Marketing and Sales Analysis to support critical business questions
• Manage key data sources to ensure timely and accurate provision of sales and activity information across the organization
• Managing key elements of the Sales Force Incentives Plan
• Delivery of Monthly Product Performance reports – national and sub-national
• Manage third party sales data provision
• Manage consolidation of MSD performance reporting
• Support the delivery of the local and national sales-force incentive plans
• Engage in development of market research projects, shadowing analysts
• Assist in the production of management presentation and Planning summaries
• MSD AV Studio training and involvement in internal training video editing


Education and Experience

  • Working towards a minimum of a 2:1 degree in Maths or Science based disciplines

  •  Entering your third or penultimate year of study, returning to your degree course at the end of the placement

  • Minimum B grade in Maths and/or Sciences at A level

Key Capabilities/Skills

  • Ability to communicate accurately both verbally and in writing

  • Good organiser and administrator

  • Team player, learning from and helping others overcome obstacles

  • Numerate with good analytical skills both in terms of data and people 

  • Confident with a willingness to get involved

  • Strong sense of urgency, takes initiative to do things without being asked

  • Has a can do attitude, anticipates problems and proposes solutions, approaches work challenges creatively with fresh ideas

  • Listens and adapts to improve

  • Ability to run projects

  • A self-starter who can be relied upon to work without supervision

Next Steps
Stage 1
Fill in our online application form and submit your CV

Stage 2
If successful at stage 1, you will be invited to take part in a telephone interview

Stage 3
If successful at stage 2, you will be invited for a face to face interview where you will be able to gain a better insight into MSD

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to meet fellow students before commencing the placement and will partake in a two week handover period at the beginning of their placement with the current student.


Your role at MSD 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 MSD, we’re inventing for life.

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