Director, Advanced Analytics Solutions Job

Date: Jan 11, 2019

Location: Hoddesdon, ENG, GB

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Requisition ID: QUA008353


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 is on a
quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most
research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on
this goal. MRL is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will
take MSD’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and
biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically
changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

Position Description:

The Global Human Health Digital Accelerator Center of Excellence supports the implementation and realization of Digital Transformation through a flexible team to capitalize on deep subject matter expertise through collaboration with markets, franchises, IT and other enabling functions.

The Director of Advanced Analytics Solutions will report to the Executive Director, Advanced Analytics in the Digital Accelerator.

This role will lead the installation and evolution of advanced analytics applications, tools, and processes to facilitate embedding advanced analytics capabilities into the Key 6/Next 3 markets.

The role will coordinate closely with the Advanced Analytics Leads in the Key 6/Next 3 markets, with the Lead, Digital Data Innovation and Customer Engagement Business Technology team in the Digital Accelerator, with external services/solutions providers, and with global and local IT colleagues to influence the roadmap for advanced analytics solutions.

  • In part, these solutions will be designed to improve productivity and to insure a base level of consistency in advanced analytics processes executed by local data scientists in the markets (e.g., promotion response modeling, marketing mix optimization, channel/content affinity prediction, test/control analytics).

  • These solutions will also include functionality in the form of a Knowledge Center which documents data assets and use cases relative to the Customer Information Management platform and Data Integration Layer in the Core Commercial Package of IT products.

  • Additionally, the Director of Advanced Analytics Solutions will serve as a Subject Matter Expert to inform use of artificial intelligence/machine learning to achieve personalization via customer engagement journey automation (“Next Best Engagement” advanced analytics capabilities).

The Director of Advanced Analytics Solutions will:

  • Collaborate with local analytics leads in top markets and oft-engaged external analytical service providers to gain deep understanding of needs for advanced analytics solutions and to translate these into business requirements for minimum viable products to introduce, enhance and/or replace existing solutions to facilitate efficient execution of advanced analytics capabilities in top markets.

  • Propose and gain ratification from local analytics leads in top markets to move forward with installation of specific solutions by leading from a global business perspective:

    • Adaptation of existing solutions developed at a market level to scale these for use by other markets,

    • Adaptation of and/or creation of solutions by IT Hub centers of excellence by bringing business context and facilitating iterative development informed by test-and-learn applications in top markets, or

    • Installation of solutions developed by outside service providers to achieve the objectives outlined above.

  • Collaborate with the Lead of Digital Data Innovation in the Digital Accelerator to insure that:

    • global taxonomies for media tagging and content coding are influenced by the unique needs dictated by advanced analytics solutions, that

    • any synergies that can be gained as a result of common requirements for minimum viable products for customer engagement reporting and for advanced analytics tools are realized, and that

    • future Core Commercial Package technologies such as Activity Hub are fit for purposes for both customer engagement reporting as well as for advanced analytics.

  • Closely partner with Customer Engagement Business Technology and IT teams to insure that “Next Best Engagement”/customer engagement journey automation engine capabilities leveraging artificial intelligence and other advanced analytics techniques are best-of-breed and continue to evolve over time. 

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • Required: Master’s degree or international equivalent from an accredited university

  • Preferred: Ph.D. degree in a field related to quantitative business analytics with coursework including artificial intelligence/machine learning approaches

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • 10+ years of experience delivering decision support based on advanced analytics to inform investment decisions in marketing and promotion

  • Deep understanding of best practices related to promotion response modeling, marketing mix optimization, segmentation, integrated promotion planning

  • Foundational knowledge of artificial intelligence/machine learning techniques (e.g., convolutional neural networks, genetic algorithm, deep collaborative filtering)
    Strong project management skills

  • Ability to build strong cross-functional and/or cross-market partnerships and collaborative teams

  • Keen business acumen to enable understanding of business stakeholder needs
    Intellectual curiosity and ability to identify innovative approaches to meeting advanced analytics needs

  • Excellent presentation, analytics and communication skills, both written and oral, are required to synthesize key issues and communicate/persuade constituencies towards specific actions and initiatives

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in the pharmaceutical industry more than one of the following countries:       US, JP, CN, FR, UK, DE

  • Experience with digitally advanced marketing companies outside of the pharmaceutical industry

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.



Job: Quantitative Sciences Generic
Other Locations: FR; GB
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable):
Hazardous Materials: No
Company Trade Name: MSD

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