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Merck Health Systems Oncology Medical Affairs Director (New York) in New York, New York

Job Description

Our Oncology team is dedicated to delivering breakthrough innovations that extend and improve the lives of cancer patients worldwide. Our team of forward-thinking individuals achieve this through an unwavering commitment to support accessibility to medicine, providing new therapeutic solutions, and collaborating with governments and payers to ensure that people who need medicines have access to them. Our focus is on innovation and launch execution excellence; we translate breakthrough science into innovative medicines that help people with cancer across the globe.

Role Summary:

The Regional Health Systems Oncology Medical Affairs Director (R-HSO MAD) is a therapeutic, disease, population health and health systems expert who develops on-going professional relationships with healthcare decision makers within a regional territory across key payer and provider organizations (e.g., health plans, Pharmacy Benefits Manager, Iduronate-2-sulfatase, Medicaid, employers and employer coalitions). The R- HSO MAD provides accurate information across the full oncology product portfolio, science, real-world evidence, and quality management in a balanced and credible manner consistent with the regulatory environment and the company’s ethical standards. Through a deep understanding of the accounts’ population health strategies, serves as the medical account lead, collaborating and coordinating with other Medical Affairs colleagues and select commercial roles, to bring relevant health care solutions to their assigned accounts. The R-HSO MAD is the only role working with both provider and payer regional accounts, linking the main functions within the health care delivery system in their territory. Serves as a resource for the US Medical Affairs (USMA) management team on health systems within territory.

Primary Activities:

  • Develops ongoing professional relationships with key decision makers (KDMs) in regional organized health systems, serving as the primary medical contact to ensure access to medical and scientific information on the full company oncology product portfolio, pipeline, and areas of therapeutic interest, as well as non-product initiatives and areas of focus (e.g., quality management, real-world evidence, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, adherence).

  • Partners with the commercial organization (e.g. Integrated Account Management (IAM), Oncology Key Account Management (OKAM), Organized Customer Access and Reimbursement (OCAR), and Health Systems Medical Affairs Directors (HS-MADs) to develop strategic account plans and associated medical account plans. Ensures execution of medical activites aligned with mutually agreed upon account plans.

  • Serves as the primary resource for market dynamics within territory to fully understand evolving information needs by key decision makers (KDMs) to feed into the ongoing value-proposition development process for company offerings – product and non-product.

  • Leads medical account planning with associated medical affairs functions for regional accounts and markets.

  • Effectively communicates and coordinates with therapeutic area Regional Medical Scientific Directors (RMSD) regarding medical and scientific support needs in relevant health system accounts.

  • Serves as the internal medical subject matter expert for each regional account, which enables strategic assessments and medical account management, through a complete and systematic communication process to the rest of US Medical Affairs (USMA).

  • Maintains a macro view of the account to appropriatly allocate company resources (e.g., human, technical)

  • Builds and develops breath and depth of relationships with key decision makers (KDMs and can anticipate the account’s population health management goals and needs

  • Provides customer insights to headquarters via approved system of record.

  • Serves as a resource for the Health Systems Oncology Executive Director Medical Affairs, HSO Medical Affairs Strategy Leads (MASLs) and other members of Medical Affairs and commercial account management on other relevant strategic planning.

  • Attends and supports scientific and medical meetings. Prepares planned post-meeting deliverables.

Required Skills :

Minimum :

  • Advanced healthcare/science doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PharmD, PhD)

  • 5+ years of dedicated experience in a field-based medical affairs role exclusively in oncology working with regional and/or national payers, integrated delivery systems, or scientific leaders OR 8+ years of clinical experience working within a cancer center OR Board Certification in Oncology (e.g. BCOP) with 4 years of clinical experience working within a cancer center.

  • Thorough knowledge of clinical oncology, US health care delivery system structure and function, pharmacoeconomics, population health management, quality management, value-based payment and health care delivery policy and trends.

  • Strong track record of effective cross-functional team collaboration and execution.

  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to network, strong personal integrity, collaborative mindset, and a strong customer focus are necessary.

  • Must possess a thorough understanding of the FDA, OIG, HIPAA and other ethical guidelines relevant to the pharmaceutical industry

  • Must be able to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing environment, and have demonstrated project leadership abilities.

. Preferred:

  • Oncology residency training and/or board certified in oncology

  • Formal training in health economics and outcomes research – real-world evidence generation.

  • Experience in a field-based medical affairs role in oncology working with regional and/or national payers or integrated delivery systems and associated account management functions

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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 …

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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Requisition ID: R34154