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Merck Executive Director Medical Affairs, Biomarkers and Diagnostics in North Wales, Pennsylvania

Job Description

“As a science-based healthcare company with a longstanding commitment to inventing and providing important medicines and vaccines, subject to local law, we will require all U.S. and Puerto Rico based employees to be vaccinated by November 1, 2021, unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption or accommodation. We are committed to supporting our employees during this process as we work to ensure a safe and healthy work environment.”

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.

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.

The Executive Director Medical Affairs (ED) - Biomarkers and Diagnostics is accountable for the development and execution of scientific & medical affairs plans related to biomarkers in oncology. The ED will lead a team of dedicated global and regional directors and associate directors. The ED will engage with global scientific leaders and key decision makers. The ED partners with Product Development Team leaders, Global Brand Leaders, with the Center of Real-World Evidence (CORE), Policy and Market Access.

Primary activities:

  • Leads the annual scientific & medical plan related to biomarkers/diagnostics,

  • Leads cross-functional Scientific Medical and Research Teams to realize scientific value creation through scientific leader interactions, a unified scientific/medical understanding and viewpoint, and aligned scientific exchange execution

  • Provides subject matter expertise to tumor specific Medical Affairs teams internally and with external partners

  • Partners with Product Development Team, Global Brand and Center of Real-World Evidence leads to define clinical development plans and brand strategies for Biomarkers

  • Provides a solid understanding of how countries’ medical systems and standards of care have to change to accept new innovation and how to implement and maintain its use

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

  • 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

  • Ensures all scientific exchange for Biomarkers is aligned with a single global scientific communications platform

  • Drives global expert input events to answer our questions how to develop and apply approved and investigational biomarkers and diagnostics and participates in regional and key country expert input events as appropriate

  • Ensures team contributes as relevant members to the Product Development sub-teams (Value Evidence, Clinical, Commercial, Publications and Label teams)

  • Aligns medical plans and activities with commercial leaders

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

  • 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 Biomarkers expertise to supports investigator-initiated study program

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

  • Creates action plans to ensure healthy succession pools for leadership positions within the team

Education Requirement:

  • MD, or PhD


  • Five+ years of experience in Medical Affairs or Clinical Development within the biomarkers/diagnostic space in oncology, in the global or US arena

  • Travel Requirements: 30%

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

  • Understanding of resourcing and budgeting

  • Manages talent across variety of cultures, languages and backgrounds

  • 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

  • Customer expertise especially scientific leadership and other key stakeholders (payers, public groups, government officials, medical professional organizations) in the assigned therapeutic area

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 …

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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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.

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No relocation

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Requisition ID: R144239