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    • Date Posted
      December 12,2021
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    Executive Director Global Medical Affairs, Oncology Pipeline and Innovative Strategies

    Job Description

    New hires working in our US & Puerto Rico locations will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

    Our Medical Affairs team advances patient care by engaging in scientific exchange with external medical experts and industry professionals ensuring the scientific value of our products is realized. We engage and train internal employees to ensure that they thoroughly comprehend the science behind the medicine and review further unmet medical needs to bolster collaboration and further differentiate our portfolio.

    The Executive Director, Medical Affairs (EDMA) – Oncology Pipeline and Rare Tumors is accountable for the development and execution of scientific & medical affairs plans related to the pipeline in oncology. The EDMA will lead a team of dedicated global and regional directors. The EDMA will engage with global scientific leaders and key decision makers. The ED partners with Early Development and Product Development Team leaders, with the commercial team, with the Center of Real-World Evidence (CORE), and with Policy and Market Access.

    Primary activities:

    • Leads the annual scientific & medical plan related to pipeline and rare tumors in oncology

    • Leads the Global Medical and Scientific Affairs (GMSA) teams to realize scientific value through scientific leader interactions, a unified scientific/medical understanding and viewpoint, and aligned scientific exchange execution

    • Leads the team in engagement with international scientific leaders and other key stakeholders (therapeutic guideline committees, payers, public groups, government officials, medical societies) about our emerging science

    • Leads the team in consolidating actionable medical insights from countries and regions to inform company decisions

    • Partners with Early Development and Product Development Teams, Global Brand and Center of Real-World Evidence leads ensuring that GMSA contributes as relevant members to these teams with aligned medical plans

    • Provides a solid understanding of how countries’ medical systems and standards of care must adapt to accept innovation, how to introduce the innovation and how to implement and maintain its use

    • Ensures all scientific exchange for the Oncology Pipeline is aligned with a single global scientific communications platform

    • Drives global expert input events (Advisory Boards), and participates in regional and key country expert input events as appropriate

    • Drives global and regional symposia and educational meetings

    • Supports Center of Real-World Evidence (CORE) data generation and coordinates local data generation studies with CORE

    • Provides scientific input to support the investigator-initiated study program as appropriate

    • Proven ability to effectively influence company life cycle management, and data generation

    • Understanding of resourcing and budgeting

    • Organizes regular management reviews of the team’s activities and progress

    • Manages talent across variety of cultures, languages, and backgrounds

    • Leads the talent review process with follow-through on Development Plans for Key Talent

    • Creates action plans to ensure healthy succession pools for leader-ship positions within the team


    • MD (Preferred), PhD, or PharmD and recognized scientific expertise in oncology

    • Extensive experience in Medical Affairs or Clinical Development; scientific and/or clinical expertise in oncology

    • Travel Requirements: ~30%

    • Five+ years pharmaceutical (or related) Industry experience in the global or US arena with proven track record of contribution to medical or clinical development strategies

    • Strong prioritization and decision-making skills with the ability to understand how decisions fit into the broader context of corporate strategies

    • Demonstrated ability to motivate, mentor, manage and provide clear, unambiguous expectations and priorities for the teams

    • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication (written as well as oral), in addition to results-oriented project management skills

    We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

    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.


    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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