Executive Director, Global Medical Strategy - Alzheimer’s Job

Cokesbury NJ
Oct 03, 2016
Oct 19, 2016
Organization Type
Executive Director, Global Medical Strategy - Alzheimer’s-MED002519


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

MSD (Merck Sharp & Dohme) is a global healthcare leader working to address unmet health needs. We provide innovative medicines in primary and hospital care, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products to help improve health and well-being. We work with customers in 140 countries to deliver broad-based healthcare solutions.

For our Global Medical Affairs organization we are currently looking to fill the position for one:

Executive Director Global Medical Strategy - Alzheimer’s

The ED Global Medical Strategy for Alzheimer’s leads the development of Global Medical Affairs Plans for the MSD Alzheimer’s portfolio and MSD Alzheimer’s Medical Affairs programs: both for the USA and the rest of the world. He/She partners with the GHH General Managers and R&D Heads to define global franchise strategies and global development plans for Alzheimer’s. He/She significantly contributes to Merck’s Life Cycle Management decisions in Alzheimer’s. He/She leads integrated data generation plans spanning R&D programs, outcomes research, post-registration company-sponsored studies and areas of interest for the investigator-initiated study program. He/She demonstrates influence in the external scientific community via peer-to-peer engagement with top scientific leaders, research and educational collaborations and publications. He/She leads expert input seeking programs for the Alzheimer’s franchise globally and in the regions (advisory boards and expert input forums) so that Merck remains on the leading edge of therapeutic and patient care advances. He/She leads medical affairs activities to resolve regulatory, reputational, ethical, and other asset management issues.

Primary Activities:

Asset Management & Business Leadership

- Develop Alzheimer’s Medical Goals and Strategies that address (1) asset value proposition, insights from affiliates and regions, and clinical and value evidence gaps; (2) opportunities and challenges in key Merck programs (e.g. Customer Centricity); equally leverage opportunities and challenges in USA and rest of the world

- In innovative ways, translate these Goals and Strategies into research, data analysis, scientific communication, educational , and other tactics and solutions that improve patient outcomes and enhance access

- Contribute substantively to and be a valued co-strategist on asset cross-functional meetings: Franchise commercial Teams, Clinical, Value-Evidence, Product Development Subteams, Labeling and Safety committees.

- Significantly influence Merck’s Life Alzheimer’s Cycle Management decisions

- Lead Alzheimer’s integrated data generation plans, and co-develop clinical and outcomes research programs with cross-functional R&D and Observational Research colleagues that address life cycle management needs. Advise on areas of interest for the Investigator-Initiated Study Program.

- Execute on and quickly adapt portfolio of tactics to life-cycle stage and business realities (ie prompt deployment of new information to the field medical staff, identify data analysis needs, and publication needs)

- Lead medical affairs coordination with Alliance partners

Scientific & technical Leadership

- Communicates both scientific and business needs credibly and effectively across a variety of internal and external stakeholders at all levels

- Contributions at MISP and Sponsored Protocol Review Committees

- Demonstrated influence in external scientific community be it through peer-to-peer interactions, research and educational collaborations, publications, or other, both in USA and rest of the world

- Develop and execute global advisory boards and symposia

- Participate in and contribute significantly to internal or external Alzheimer’s trade, professional organizations, academic or regulatory working teams

Asset Regulatory Management

- Successfully collaborate and lead resolution of Regulatory, Reputational (ie Public Relations), Compliance and other Asset issues management

- Substantive contributions to labeling committees. Ensure labels contain fair-balanced claims supported by data and supportive of asset value proposition requirements for most geographies

Talent Management & Development

- Leads Global Alzheimer’s Medical Affairs Teams (GMAT) of Medical Affairs colleagues assigned to asset(s) in USA and the Regions

- Serve as a technical coach to others in the broad GMA team

The Executive Director Global Medical Strategy position is based in Merck’s New Jersey or Pennsylvania offices (Cokesbury, Kenilworth or Upper-Gwynedd).


Education Requirement:

- MD and specialization (clinical specialization or research specialization exemplified by PhD) is required.


- Recognized expertise through 5+ yrs clinical practice experience or research experience (university affiliation) in therapy area. Recognized expertise 5+ yrs in Alzheimer’s

- 8+ years pharmaceutical (or related) industry experience, in headquarters or the USA, with proven track record of contribution to medical, clinical or commercial strategies

- Strategic thinking, specifically related to the development of Medical Affairs Goals and Strategies that address asset value proposition, and clinical and value evidence.

- Clinical Development, Clinical or other biomedical research and publication experience in pharmaceuticals or academia strongly desired.

- Customer expertise including scientific leadership and key stakeholders (public groups, government officials, medical professional organizations)

- Proven ability to effectively influence company decisions, notably life cycle management decisions

- Proven ability to effectively communicate information at executive management level, with public groups and to scientific leaders.

- Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication (written as well as oral) and results oriented project management skills.

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

- In a matrix environment, able to effectively collaborate across divisions

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Job: Medical Affairs - MD

Job Title:Exec. Dir, Medical Affairs

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Cokesbury

Other Locations: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd, NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck