Director, Global Scientific Content, Team Lead, Oncology

Requisition ID: MED003783

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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its¬ legacy for over a century. Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world's premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we're doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck's leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.¬ 

The Global Scientific Content (GSC) Director Oncology is a role within Global Medical Affairs that is responsible for the following core activities: Responsible for the development of Global Medical Communication plans as part of Annual Global Medical Affairs plans, provide input into the Scientific Platform and ensure appropriate use in the Global Scientific Content, Incorporate Medical Insights and feedback from key stakeholders and channels (internal and external). All core activities have a global scope and impact. The GSC Director will report directly into the ED Head of Global Scientific Content, and be a member of the GSC leadership team.¬ ¬ 


Key Leadership Responsibilities Include But Not Limited To:

  • Lead the Therapeutic area / product GSC team

    • Provide strategic leadership through facilitating or advising strategy development while demonstrating foresight and Global medical community awareness

  • Develop Global Medical Communications Strategies and Annual Plans

    • Partner with Global Medical Leads to translate Global Medical objectives into Med Comms objectives

    • Collaborate with key stakeholders cross-functionally and worldwide to obtain input into plans and identify gaps/needs by regions/countries

    • Incorporate metrics/insights for translating Medical Affairs strategies into scientific platform development for medical content creation and communications

    • Align Medical Communications Strategies and Annual Plans with other GMA partners

  • Develop GSC strategies and execute GSC development plans

    • Implement global annual planning in alignment with publication plans and strategies, clinical trial development plans, medical affairs plans and narratives, and marketing and scientific platforms

    • Interact with key Medical Affairs stakeholders in Regions and Countries to ensure timely availability of effective and compliant resources for use by Medical Information and Field Medical

  • Leverage therapeutic area expertise to provide the team with actionable insights for the creation of content assets, ensuring adequate integration of data and scientific evidence in a more patient-centric approach

Cross-Functional Collaboration:

  • Partner with other key stakeholders (e.g., Publications, Scientific Affairs, Medical Directors, MSLs, Compliance, Product Development Teams PDT, Center for Observational Real world Evidence CORE-VEST) to ensure alignment with plans for publications, clinical trial development, labeling, and CORE¬ 

    • Ensure that content assets are aligned with input and guidance from PDT Leads, Global Medical Directors, and Drug Safety Leaders

    • Collaborate with CORE on standard response documents that address Real World Evidence inquiries to ensure clinical relevance and medical accuracy of the content

  • Drive engagement with Medical Affairs Teams in GMA/OGMA to ensure sufficient Medical Information and other GSC assets are available with the appropriate depth/format to meet the requirements of external customers and internal stakeholders¬  ¬ ¬ 

    • Engage with Medical Affairs Strategy Leads to ensure availability of effective and compliant proactive/reactive resources for payers to help formulary assessments and budget planning decisions


Education Minimum Requirement:¬  Advanced degree (MD, PhD, PharmD) preferred

  • PharmD / PhD / MD + minimum 8 years of relevant medical affairs experience (communications or medical liaison , or publications experience), or¬ 

  • MS degree in Life Sciences + minimum 10 years of relevant medical¬ affairs experience (communications or medical liaison , or publications experience),

  • BS degree in Life Sciences + minimum 15 years of relevant medical¬ affairs experience (communications or medical liaison , or publications experience)

Required Experience and Skills:¬ 

  • Advanced degree (MD, PhD, PharmD) preferred, but not required

  • Relevant working experience in Medical Affairs in the pharmaceutical industry is desired

  • Must be able to work in a complex organization environment and have ability to effectively operate in a team-oriented global structure

  • Must have excellent interpersonal and communication (written as well as oral) skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience managing people and/or managing projects of global scale

  • Proven leadership, matrix management, and influence/negotiation skills for interaction with cross-functional teams

  • Knowledge of the publications process, scientific platform development understanding, experience in implementing of global medical communications processes, demonstrated ability to lead and implement transformation initiatives of large-scale

  • Therapeutic competency in Oncology

  • Prior experience working within multiple regional regulations and compliance requirements¬ ¬ 

  • Scientific writing/verbal communications

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to translate strategy into action plans

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.¬ 


If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.

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