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Merck Associate Director, Lead Backend Engineer in Helena, Montana

Job Description

Associate Director, Lead Backend Engineer will work within the Human Health Insights, Analytics and Data area to contribute to development of our advanced data science application platform. We are realizing the vision of a cohesive commercial decision support suite, helping stakeholders make data-driven decisions to optimize delivery of our product to patients. The candidate will work with the Solutions Engineering team to architect and implement highly available and performant solutions using AWS cloud, Kubernetes, and AWS AI/ML services.

The Lead Backend Engineer role requires excellent programming skills in Python and thorough knowledge of CI/CD, containerization, and implementation of cloud-based architecture.

The preferred candidate will have an entrepreneurial spirit, understanding of healthcare & technology, a demonstrated record of leading / guiding / mentoring / managing teams to design and build solutions preferably using AWS cloud platform services. The candidate will have demonstrated consistently strong leadership skills, an ability to work independently and deal well with ambiguity and strong collaboration skills. The candidate will empower a growth mindset and inspire a culture of continual learning. This role will require interfacing and collaborating with many teams throughout a lot of our company's markets and so strong communication skills is a must.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead backend engineering activities for our product suite, from quick prototypes to extensive web-based applications.

  • Build and lead a new team of engineers to execute our product vision

  • Work with the DevOps/Cloud team to Build and maintain highly available, scalable, and secure infrastructure in AWS using scripting and Infrastructure -as-Code tools

  • Contribute to design and use of APIs to expose backend functionality

  • Reassess our products frequently to enhance and align architectures, knowledge models, user experience, performance, and stability.

  • Lead, Develop, and influence software development patterns and standards

  • Provide technical guidance, mentoring, and leadership to other team members

  • Conduct code reviews, ensure changes enhance maintainability, performance, and security

  • Analyze and improve efficiency and scalability of systems and processes

  • Help develop our analytics product platform, align the architecture of our products to leverage, to improve quality and reuse.

  • Collaborate with DevOps team to implement CI/CD release workflow

  • Collaborate on idea generation, definition, and construction with teams across the company

  • Learn about the newest techniques and technologies and share with others to improve our team culture and ways of working

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • A minimum of BS (or equivalent) in Data Science, Computer Science, Management Information Systems, IT, or an equivalent scientific/commercial discipline. Masters/PhD preferred.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 5+ years experience building and delivering production quality systems

  • Excellent software engineering and debugging skills

  • Advanced experience with Python and microservices

  • Advanced experience with containers and orchestration, preferably with Kubernetes

  • Advanced experience using cloud platforms and API development

  • Experience developing with cloud services, e.g. AWS Lambda, Sagemaker, Glue, or other

  • Experience with data pipelines, relational and NoSQL databases

  • Advanced experience with Linux/Unix

  • Exposure to BI tools a plus (PowerBI, SpotFire, Tableau, etc)

  • Strong understanding of application security

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong teamwork ethic, passion for learning and desire to seek new challenges

  • Experience leading team in an agile structure and reporting to senior leadership.

  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse groups of work colleagues and positively manage ambiguity.

  • Self-motivation, proactivity, and ability to work independently with minimum direction.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, along with the ability to communicate appropriately and confidently with colleagues from different backgrounds and seniority levels.

  • Excellent organizational skills, with ability to navigate a complex matrix environment and organize/prioritize work efficiently and effectively.

  • Proven track record of successful completion of multi-stakeholder projects necessitating coordination cross-functionally between several departments.

Our Human Health Division maintains a “patient first, profits later” ideology. The organization is comprised of sales, marketing, market access, digital analytics and commercial professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing our medicines to our customers worldwide.

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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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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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.

Under New York City law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$143,100.00 - $243,400.00

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Requisition ID: R208699