Merck Associate Director, Medical Affairs - Vaccines in Montreal, Quebec

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Merck’s Global Human Health (GHH) Division abides by a "patient first, profits later" ideology. Results-driven and ambitious, this team of individuals represents a functional balance between meeting company objectives and the needs of people around the world. The division is comprised of sales and marketing professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing Merck's prescription medicines, vaccines, and other medical products to our customers worldwide.

Reporting to the Director, Medical Affairs for Vaccines, the Associate Director, Medical Affairs is primarily responsible for the scientific knowledge management and strategic medical/scientific advice to the therapeutic Area (TA). Working in concert with his/her commercial counterparts, the Associate Director will provide expert strategic input and execute on key tactics in support of the objectives of the Vaccines TA.

The Associate Director holds the responsibility for the strategic development, execution, and delivery of assigned tactical objectives of the Vaccines Medical Affairs Plan, in alignment with the overall strategic objectives for the TA in Canada. This will include deliverables such as post-licensure studies, publication plans, and other knowledge transfer activities. The Associate Director will support the Director, Medical Affairs Vaccines and will work within a Canadian framework in alignment with the direction provided by the respective Global Teams and the Regional Director, Medical Affairs, identifying areas of strategic interest within the Canadian scope, and addressing those with a tactically-focused Medical Affairs Plan for each Therapeutic Area under his/her responsibility.

The Associate Director has a customer-focused approach, developing professional relationships with scientific leaders in Canada and supporting efforts in key strategic areas. These interactions may also extend to regulatory bodies, payers groups and key advocacy groups, as needed/assigned by the Director, Medical Affairs Vaccines.

Internally, the Associate Director will participate in key strategic teams to provide expert medical/scientific advice and technical perspective to the Business Development and Portfolio Management functions. The incumbent will share medical/scientific expertise with counterparts in other functional areas such as Regulatory Affairs, R&D, Quality Assurance, Legal and Marketing in Canada, and with the Global team. The position will also maintain responsibility for support towards new approvals and regulatory reporting as required.

• Scientific leadership: Responsibility for the Vaccines Medical Affairs Plan (MAP). Identifies medical and scientific gaps, and strategically prioritizes tactics to fulfill Clinical Scientific Leader (CSL) needs; voice of the customers, medical guidelines, medical practice, CSL expertise, individual CSL needs. Responsible for the development, prioritization and delivery of strategic and tactical plans that addresses identified gaps.

• Work in collaboration with the Regional Director of Medical Affairs to advocate for support of Canadian initiatives at the global level.

• Interactions with the Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE) in support of related activities

• Support to the Vaccines Business Unit and Market Access Group to ensure the successful management of existing products and launches of new products.

• Support to the Vaccines Business Unit and Market Access Group to ensure successful management of the launches of new products. Participate as a member of the brands’ cross-functional teams, providing scientific expertise at meetings and ensuring scientific credibility and high ethical standards throughout all activities.


  • Pharmacist, PharmD, M.D. or Ph.D. degree


  • Successful candidate must possess a comprehensive knowledge of Rheumatology, with 3-5 years of Industry experience in Clinical Development and/or Medical Affairs. Preference to candidates with previous experience as an MSL.

  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and the drug development process.

  • Must possess a comprehensive clinical knowledge of Rheumatology as well as a keen understanding of strategic clinical development and principles of study design.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Advanced presentation and facilitation skills.

  • Strong ethics and integrity. Solid knowledge of GCP principles and of the Canadian Rx&D Code.

  • Ability to work in high performance teams, and in a matrix organization.

  • Excellent team player; must excel at teamwork in cross-functional groups.

  • Must be able to interact successfully with a variety of individuals at the local, regional and global level, which include local clinical investigators, contract research organizations (CROs), payer administrators, regulatory officials and individuals of various patient advocacy organizations with a particular interest in our products and clinical trial outcomes.

  • Bilingualism (French and English) a strong asset.

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Title: Associate Director, Medical Affairs - Vaccines

Primary Location: NA-CA-QC-Montreal (Kirkland)

Requisition ID: SCI004661