Merck Associate Director, Search & Evaluation, Business Dev. and Licensing in West Point, Pennsylvania

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.

Contributor to Merck efforts in search & evaluation, due diligence, and execution of preclinical and clinical stage to regulatory approval business development opportunities. TA coverage for Neurosciences and other areas (eg Ophthalmology and Cardiovascular / Metabolic) to complement and / or expand current core footprint on a worldwide base for all modalities.

Works closely with TA S&E leads:

  • To formulate licensing strategy with preclinical and clinical development leadership and line functions and communication / and implementation internally and externally.

  • To work closely with search and evaluation staffs in External Innovation Hubs to ensure comprehensive coverage of relevant opportunity space.

  • To manage a portfolio of complex projects as the primary scientific contact and spokesperson for potential licensing, acquisition, collaborations, co - development agreements, and strategic alliances in relevant opportunity space

  • To ensure the quality of the formal due diligence output, integrating internal and external subject matter expert input and for senior management review and approval

  • To provide thorough and timely assessments and updates to appropriate Management levels to ensure efficient communication and seamless cross functional collaboration

  • To serve as a spokesperson for Merck and make presentations on behalf of Merck at industry networking events, scientific conferences and other venues.

  • To proactively identify and solve complex problems that impact the direction of the business

  • To analyze the full range of data and where appropriate lead the cross - functional due diligence on inbound and outbound licensing and business development opportunities (from discovery through filing).

  • To assist in the coordination and prioritization of the portfolio of search & evaluation projects and coordination activities between the Hub and others in BD&L.

  • To help ensure the success of the overall portfolio of opportunities across the post - POC space.

  • Individual contributor role


  • M.D. and / or Ph.D in biological / medical disciplines or PharmD; at least 2 years postdoctoral / postgraduate experience


  • 2 years relevant experience in the biopharma industry with good understanding of drug discovery and development process and broad knowledge of the biotech and healthcare sector.

  • Neuroscience experience in discovery research and/or clinical research.

  • Good understanding of industry trends and competitive landscape.

  • Strong business acumen and ability to translate scientific and technical information to frame attractive business opportunities.

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, critical - thinking, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Impeccable organizational skills, operational skills, and ability to understand the content of and memorialize interactions potential partners.

  • Ability to communicate and understand key mechanism of action of all relevant compounds.

  • Good leadership skills and proven ability to influence others to reach common goals as well as act independently.

  • Executive presence to facilitate project discussions with Merck Senior Executives.

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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Other Locations: NA-US-PA-West Point

Title: Associate Director, Search & Evaluation, Business Dev. and Licensing

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Requisition ID: LIC000178