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Merck Director, National Health Systems Oncology Medical Affairs in Washington, District Of Columbia

Job Description

Our Medical Affairs team advances patient care by engaging in scientific exchange with external medical experts and industry leaders ensuring the scientific value of our products is understood. We connect, communicate and train internal employees to ensure a thorough understanding of the science behind the medicine and review further unmet medical needs to support collaboration to further differentiate our portfolio.

The National Health Systems Oncology Medical Affairs Director (N-HSO MAD) is a therapeutic, disease, population health and health systems expert who develops on-going professional relationships with healthcare decision makers within key national pathway organizations, Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), and Veterans/Department of Defense (VA/DoD) provider organizations. The N-HSO MAD provides accurate information across the full company oncology product portfolio, clinical science, and quality management in a balanced and credible manner consistent with the regulatory environment and company's ethical standards. Through a deep understanding of the accounts’ population health strategies, serves as the medical account manager, collaborating and coordinating with other Medical Affairs colleagues and select commercial roles, to bring relevant health care solutions to these accounts. The N-HSO MAD is the sole role leading the support for provider and payer-led national pathway organizations, GPOs, and VA/DoD facilities linking the main functions within the healthcare delivery system in the United States (US). Serves as a resource for the United States Medical Affairs (USMA) management team and provides mentorship to other team members on medical account management, population health management and other key areas of focus.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develops ongoing professional relationships with key decision makers in national oncology pathway organizations, GPOs, and VA/DoD facilities, serving as the primary medical contact to ensure access to medical and scientific information on the full company oncology product portfolio and areas of therapeutic interest, as well as non-product initiatives and areas of focus (e.g., quality management, 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)) to develop strategic account plans and associated medical account plans and then insures execution of medical activities in alignment with agreed plan.

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

  • Leads medical account management and planning with associated medical affairs functions for these associated national accounts and markets.

  • Effectively communicates and coordinates with Regional Health Systems Oncology Medical Affairs Directors (HSO-MADs) and National Health Systems Medical Affairs Directors (HS-MADs) regarding medical and scientific support needs in key affiliated regional health systems accounts.

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

  • Maintains a macro view of assigned accounts to appropriately allocate company resources (e.g., human, technical)

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

  • Provides customer insights to headquarters via system of record.

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

  • Serves as a technical resource on questions raised by national accounts management and staff on company oncology products.

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

Education Minimum Requirements

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

Required Experience and Skills

  • 5+ years field-based medical affairs experience in oncology

  • 3+ years of experience in a field-based medical affairs role in oncology working specifically with regional and/or national pathway organizations, GPOs, or VA/DoD integrated delivery system and associated account management functions.

  • 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 medical account management and cross-functional account team collaboration and execution.

  • Formal training and strong working knowledge of health economics, real world evidence generation and outcomes research

  • 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 Federal Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (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 Experience and Skills

  • Experience as a decision maker in a National Cancer Institute, VA/DoD facility, organized pathway provider or oncology GPO

  • Experience as a field-based medical colleague calling on National Cancer Institutes, organized pathway providers, VA/DoD facilities, or oncology GPOs.

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: R21224