Director, Business Development – Oncology Search and Evaluation Job

Kenilworth, NJ, US
May 09 2017
Organization Type
Director, Business Development – Oncology Search and Evaluation-BUS002140


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 125-year legacy. 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.

Key conributor to Merck efforts in search & evaluation, due diligence and execution of preclinical and clinical stage to regulatory approval business development opportunities in oncology in areas complementing and/or expaning current core footprint on a worldwide base for all modalities.

- Contributes to formulation of licensing strategy with preclinical and clinical development leadership and line functions and communication/and implemention internally and externally.

- Working closely with preclinical, clinical and commercial team, as well as commercial BD colleagues to ensure alignment between activities and needs relating to the late stage pipeline.

- Working closely with search and evaluation staffs in External Innovation Hubs and early stage assessment leads to ensure comprehensive coverage of relavent opportunity space.

- Manages a portfolio of complex projects as the primary scientific contact and spokesperson for potential licensing, acquisition, collaborations, co-development agreements, and strategic alliances in relavent opportunity space.

- Responsible for the quality of the formal due diligence output, integrating internal and external subject matter expert input and for senior management review and approval.

- Working closely with transaction leads, legal, commercial and financial analysis team to ensure relavent clinical deals of highest priority are being advanced and executed.

- Provides thorough and timely assessments and updates to appropriate Management levels to ensure efficient communication and seamless cross functional collaboration

- Serves as a spokesperson for Merck and makes presentations on behalf of Merck at industry networking events, scientific conferences and other venues.

- Proactively identifies and solves complex problems that impact the direction of the business

- Analyzes the full range of data and leads the cross-functional due diligence on inbound and outbound licensing and business development opportunites (from discovery through filing).

- Assists in the coordination and prioritization of the portfolio of search & evaluation projects and coordinations activities between the Hub and others in BD&L. Helps to ensure the success of the overall portfolio of opportunities across the post-POC space.

- Individual contributor role



- MD, PhD in biological/medical disciplines or PharmD with 3 plus yrs postdoctorial or clinical training experience


- 2 plus 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.

- 3 plus years experience working in and a deep knowledge of the Oncology Therapeutic area.

- 3 or more years of relevant experience in business development and an established BD network in biopharmaceutical industry are required

- Good understanding of industry trends and competitive landscape.

- Strong business acumen and ability to translate scientific and technical information to frame attractive business opportunity.

- Stong 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.

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

- Must possess the executive presence to facilitate the decision making process among Merck Senior Executives.

- Demonstrated success in identifying, evaluating and execution of significant clinical stage partnerships and alliances resulting in substantial impact to the company.


- Clinical development experience is desirable

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 an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Job: Business Development

Job Title:Dir, Business Development

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): N/A

Company Trade Name:Merck

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