Executive Director, Global Medical Strategy - Customer Centricity Job

Kenilworth NJ
Oct 04, 2016
Oct 20, 2016
Organization Type
Executive Director, Global Medical Strategy - Customer Centricity-MED002533


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.

The Executive Director, Global Medical Strategy is accountable for the Global Medical Affairs Strategies for key Merck assets and/or Merck programs: both for the USA and the rest of the world. They contribute substantially to and are a valued co-strategist on the Global Franchise Team and assigned Product Development (Sub-)Teams. They significantly contribute to Merck’s Life Cycle Management decisions. In addition, they lead the integrated data generation plans for their assets/programs spanning outcomes research, post-registration company-sponsored studies and areas of interest for the investigator-initiated study program. They demonstrate influence in the external scientific community via peer-to-peer engagement with top scientific leaders, research and educational collaborations and publications. They execute advisory boards and expert input forums to remain on the leading edge of therapeutic and patient care advances. They lead medical affairs activities to resolve regulatory, reputational, ethical, and other asset management issues. The Executive Director-Global Medical Strategy reports dually to the Global Medical Strategy Leader and the VP-US Medical Affairs.

Primary Activities include the following:

Asset Management & Business Leadership

Develop 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 Teams, Clinical, Value-Evidence and Commercial Product Development Subteams

Significantly influence Merck’s Life Cycle Management decisions

Lead towards 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 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 Medical Affairs Team (GMAT) of Medical Affairs colleagues assigned to asset(s) in USA and the Regions

ED Global Medical Strategy does not have direct reports



- Required: M.D.

Required Experience:

- Clinical Specialization and/or Research Specialization exemplified by PhD

- Minimum of (5) years Clinical Practice experience and/or Research experience (university affiliation) in Therapy area

- Minimum of (8) years Pharmaceutical (or related) Industry experience, preferably in 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, as well as clinical and value evidence.

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

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

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

- 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

- 25% Travel

Preferred Experience:

- Clinical Development, Clinical or other Biomedical Research and Publication experience in Pharmaceuticals and/or Academia

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:Executive Director, Medical Affairs

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Other Locations: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd, NA-US-PA-West Point, NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck