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Merck Animal Health Seeks Senior Brand Manager, Companion Animal

June 23, 2020

Position DescriptionMerck
Senior Brand Manager, Companion Animal
Job Description

The Sr. Brand Manager, will have primary responsibility for providing
operational and implementation of brand strategies.
This role is responsible for brand activities within the
Companion Animal Business Unit at our Company's Animal Health US division.

This role is responsible for brand activities within the Companion Animal Business Unit at our Company's Animal Health US division.

The Sr. Brand Manager, will have primary responsibility for providing operational and implementation of brand strategies. This individual will lead and manage all brand messaging, internal and external communications including all marketing, advertising, product pricing and related trade and industry programs. He/she will be responsible for developing and delivering the brand portfolio’s annual financial plan including topline sales, spending and profit contribution.

Key responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Guiding brand stewardardship within the Companion Animal Business Unit at our Company's Animal Health US division.
  • Manage the development and delivery of the brand's annual marketing/financial plan. 
  • Manage the development and execution of all brand communications and allocation of Customer/Gross-To-Net spending. Work in a highly cross-functional joint accountability environment inclusive of both internal and external support groups. 
  • Work closely with field and home office based commercial and technical infrastructure teams to properly develop programs that represent integrated strategies to drive sales and market share. 
  • Gain understanding of the parasiticide market, current and future competitors to develop the strongest potential plans and programs to grow sales and profits into the future. 
  • Liase with the Global Marketing to leverage global marketing strategies and ensure brand compliance with promotional, positioning and pricing policies.
  • Interface with appropriate R&D and regulatory teams to ensure existing and new product development in the bios category is properly aligned with business commercial requirements. 
  • Help establish, develop an intensive and robust channel marketing strategy and subsequent implementation.
  • Be the Voice Of the Customer (VOC) by capturing the requirements/feedback from the customer (Veterinarians, Consumers) and deliver best-in-class programs that meet the customer’s needs/wants.

Background & Education Requirements:

  • BA/BS Degree required
  • Degree in veterinary medicine/animal science/microbiology preferred

Our Animal Health division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to the health and well-being of animals. We are a global team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society and our planet. We offer one of our industry’s most innovative portfolio of products, services and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species.

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Required Experience and Skills: 

  • MBA or at least 5 years of relevant work experience in marketing/technical service/sales in the animal health market or a similar category.
  • Track record of successful new product launches and experiences in consumer marketing are a plus
  • Strong project management skills
  • Must possess strong financial acumen, knowledge of market research  
  • At least 5 years work experience in daily interactions with sales force, customers, and influencers preferably in the field of animal health or other life sciences
  • Solid performance in working with cross-functional teams like research and development, finance, manufacturing, and sales
  • Solid forecasting skills
  • Strong communication skills [verbal, written and listening skills], interpersonal skills and project management skills. 
  • Self-starter, able to work and manage effectively in a fast paced environment
  • People management experience preferred
  • 25% travel

US and Puerto Rico Residents Only:

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