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Merck Assoc. Dir., Product Security (Remote) in Helena, Montana

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.

Reporting directly to the Director of Application Security, this position is responsible for collaborating across IT organizations to build and implement security services to support development lifecycle of consumer products such as Sure PetCare products. This position will work closely with the IT and Business to prioritize and address emerging risks throughout the Product lifecyle. Therefore, the candidate must be able to relate security capabilities to business and IT strategies.

You will:

  • Assist with strategic planning, build and implementation of services to secure product lifecycle

  • Provide technical leadership to enable engineering teams across our Company to build and operate technologies and products that are secure by default

  • Lead security engineering efforts to reduce attack surface, enhance our processes for product security incident response

  • Partner with divisional stakeholders to influence security of product development, and communicate associated risk

  • Define the requirements, best practices, and lead the collaborative development of system/service architecture, design and engineering

  • Inspire, grow, and manage technical talent while providing vision and setting technical direction

  • Assist with product security and compliance initiatives on an ad-hoc basis

  • Partner with IT GRC counterparts to author controls and standards

  • Brief executive leaders on emerging cyber threats and ongoing efforts to proactively address potential cyber security risks

Education Minimum Requirement:

Bachelor's Degree with 7 years of experience, or High School Diploma with 10 years of experience.

Preferred Degrees:

  • Cyber security

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Management/Computer Information Systems

  • Information Assurance

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 7+ years’ experience in an information technology field with at least 3-4 years in product security or risk management area.

  • Solid leadership & collaboration skills, able to network with colleagues in both domestic and international locations.

  • Experience with engineering and delivering security solutions in/for a large enterprise. Understanding of software/system delivery lifecycle and accompanying technologies.

  • Excellent and professional written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal communications skills and worked in agile.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

Leadership role in building secure product life cycle program for an organization. 5+ years of experience in product lifecycle security management. Prior experience with security engineering and application security technologies and processes.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of product security including:

  • Application security controls as part of software development life cycle

  • Software security best practices in test and operate environment

  • Mitigating the Common Vulnerabilities (OWASP Top 10)

  • Incident and vulnerability management

  • Experience with threat modelling, penetration testing scoping and security design review methodologies

  • Proficiency in cloud and mobile security concepts

  • Ability to motivate, mentor and develop talent both technically and interpersonal skills

  • Highly responsive with an ability to handle escalations quickly and professionally

  • Solid understanding of enterprise security architecture concepts

  • Ability to work both independently and perform as a leader in a team environment

  • Ability to collaboratively and independently create, communicate and implement strategies.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, 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.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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No relocation

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Remote Work


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Requisition ID: R200055