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Merck Associate Director – Policy & Process Governance Lead in Des Moines, Iowa

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Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

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.

Information Technology Risk Management and Security Governance Risk and Compliance (ITRMS GRC) is an essential component of the current IT enterprise that provides support to the Pharmaceutical Research, Supply Chain and Marketing organizations. The Strategy, Governance, and Automation function is responsible for all IT GRC policies and processes, technologies, controls, compliance programs and data insights.

The Associate Director – Policy & Process Governance Lead will be responsible for overseeing and managing all IT Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) policies, SOPs, supporting documents and associated materials so each achieves the desired outcome(s) for the IT organization in an efficient and user-centric manner. This role reports to the Director, IT GRC Strategy, Governance, and Automation.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the full suite of IT GRC policies and processes to ensure seamless integration with other processes.

  • Collaborate with IT GRC and IT stakeholders to manage all user and stakeholder feedback and update IT GRC policies and processes based on feedback and organizational needs.

  • Oversee and manage official training and educational and reference materials for all IT GRC policies and processes.

  • Provide consultancy and guidance on the interpretation of IT GRC policies and processes and their implementation.

  • Work closely with stakeholders, including IT leadership, divisional IT Quality and Audit to align on the approaches defined within the IT GRC policies and processes.

  • Act as business process owner for projects that automate IT GRC policies and processes.

  • Define and track relevant metrics (e.g. performance, value, uptake) for IT GRC policies and processes.

Desired Education Level:

  • Bachelor's Degree is required. Concentration in an Information Technology discipline is preferred.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 8+ years working in a Regulated and/or Technology Industry.

  • Good understanding of IT compliance within a regulated industry.

  • Direct experience developing and managing global policies and processes.

  • Experience with Agile or similar methodologies.

  • Demonstrates an executive presence through good communication and professionalism.

  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and thoughtfully consider broad perspectives.

  • Strong collaboration, influencing and negotiating skills.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in Life Sciences Quality or Compliance.

  • Expertise in Agile or similar methodologies.

  • Experience as an IT developer or Scrum Master.

  • Experience in Process Modelling and/or Process Development.


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., Kenilworth, 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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Requisition ID: R128736