Merck AD, Medical Affairs Strategy - Oncology in Upper Gwynedd, Pennsylvania

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The Associate Director of Medical Affairs Strategy (AD - MAS) position is a core function within US Oncology Medical Affairs (US O - MA) and supports the achievement of our scientific and medical strategies with respect to biomarkers and diagnostics. Specifically, the AD-MAS will partner with the Oncology Medical Affairs Strategy Lead (MASL) to deliver our key scientific/medical strategies (materials, training, concepts) to the Oncology Medical Affairs Directors (MADs) for use with customers (external scientific leaders and key decision makers).

The AD - MAS will work across functional areas within Merck to drive the project management of new and existing efforts aligned to the medical affairs strategies. The role involves the development and execution of project plans, the identification and creation of needed resources in alignment with and applicable policies and guidance documents.

External activities:

  • Develop on - going, professional relationships with key scientific leaders, professional societies, and organizations

  • Lead / participate in Merck scientific forums (e.g., Expert Input Forums, Advisory Boards)

Internal activities:

Primary:

  • Project Management: The AD - MAS must possess project management expertise, operational capabilities, persuasive skills, and the ability to lead without direct authority over a continuum of stakeholders at varying band levels to ensure that the practice of meaningful and collaborative scientific exchange at the direction of the MASL results in trust and value for Merck from the perspective of our Scientific Leaders (SLs) and Key Decision Makers (KDMs).

  • Material & Training Creation: Drive creation, review and approval process of HSO - MAD and O - MSL materials as the strategic operational partner of the MASL. Be the US Oncology Medical Affairs subject matter expert for systems and processes related to material review teams. Provide support in ensuring appropriate training and up to date information is available to the HSO - MADs and O - MSLs to support their ongoing external interactions. Provide training and education to HSO - MADs and O - MSLs of MASL’s strategy / updates.

  • Strategy Realization: Through direction of the MASL, drive the creation of the biomarkers and diagnostics aspects of the Medical Affairs Plan (MAP) ensuring input from ad boards / expert input forums, congresses, brand teams, and external interactions. Independently identifies and continually improves processes to meet strategic goals of the US Oncology Medical Affairs program. Develop executive - level presentations that provide project status updates, and reflect progress against objectives. Help create and track key performance indicators.

Additional:

  • Drive creation, review and approval process of HSO - MAD and O - MSL materials as the strategic operational partner of the MASL.

  • Work with MASL and colleagues within Merck to develop comprehensive project plans for US Oncology Medical Affairs initiatives, including timelines, resources, and critical path assessment, milestones, and project deliverables.

  • Ensure creation and development of SL / KDM customer education tools required to support strategy.

  • Interface with External Agencies for HSO - MADs and O - MSLs material creation and optimization.

  • Drive ZINC & PRT / VEEVA VAULT & MART training & sharing best practices.

  • Provide support in ensuring appropriate training and up to date information is available to the HSO - MADs and O - MSLs to support their ongoing external interactions.

  • Engage directly and independently in high-level communications in writing, on the phone and face to face with internal stakeholders.

  • Independently identify and continually improve processes to meet strategic goals of Oncology Medical Affairs.

  • Adhere to compliance and regulatory procedures, working closely with US Medical Affairs Compliance and Legal.

  • Actively engage with Global Medical Affairs (GMA), Legal, Compliance, Brand Teams and other functional leaders to recommend solutions and / or process improvement to enhance our reputation with external scientific leaders.

  • Participate in Regional Medical Affairs Team (RMAT) coordination, agenda creation, meeting notes and follow - up.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Required: B.S. / B.A.

  • Preferred: Ph.D., PharmD, M.D. or healthcare provider with specialization in Life Sciences e.g. Pathology, Molecular Biology, Genomics or Oncology and Immunology

Required Experience and Skills:

Healthcare or Scientific background:

  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in Comprehensive Project Management with proven competence in leading multiple projects simultaneously

  • A minimum of 1 year of Oncology or Immunology experience

  • Comprehensive Project Management IQ with proven competence in leading multiple projects simultaneously

  • Compelling teamwork, collaborative and influencing skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation ability

  • Strong personal integrity and confidence in working with diverse teams and functions

  • Must be able to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing environment

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Biomarker / Diagnostics, IVD development

  • Experience working in the pharmaceutical industry, biotechnology, Medical Affairs or Clinical Affairs, including Medical Information

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.

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Title: AD, Medical Affairs Strategy - Oncology

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Requisition ID: MED003569