Global Biomarker & Diagnostics Leader Job

Kenilworth, NJ, US
August 09 2017
Organization Type
Global Biomarker & Diagnostics Leader-MED003031


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’s Oncology organization is dedicated to delivering breakthrough innovations that extend and improve the lives of cancer patients worldwide. Our team of dauntless, forward-thinking individuals achieves this through an unwavering commitment to supporting accessibility to medicine, providing new therapeutic procedures, and collaborating with governments and payers to ensure that people who need medicines have access to them. At Merck, our focus is on innovation and launch execution excellence; we translate breakthrough science into innovative medicines that help people with cancer across the globe.

The Biomarker and Diagnostics Leader is responsible for leading and executing the Biomarker and Companion Diagnostics Medical Affairs strategy in the Oncology Business unit for a cluster of indications and has responsibility for oversight of activities for one or two key biomarker platforms.

The Leader is Headquarter-based and is responsible for integration of biomarker diagnostic activities in collaboration with regions and countries.

Primary activities include but are not limited to the following:

- Executes Medical Affairs strategy for biomarkers & companion diagnostics
- Designs, updates and gives training both internally and externally
- Coordinates, presents at and attends Advisory boards and other meetings with Scientific Leaders
- Conducts individual Scientific Leader and Pathologist interactions
- Helps with planning of various activities around major oncology congresses
- Supports commercial group for Launch Preparation and Post-launch activities
- Attends Global Product Development subteam meetings for an indication(s)
- Serves as a core member of a Diagnostic Development Team
- Manages internal stakeholders with timely updates
- Interacts with internal stakeholders for needs assessment and planning
- Coordinates process for Oncology Translational Science Proposals in OGMA
- Participates in strategy and interactions with advocacy groups
- Tracks key developments in regulatory landscape for Dx testing
- Serves on scientific committee for investigator initiated studies and other data generation proposals



- Required: PhD or MDPhD with specialization in Life Sciences e.g. Molecular Biology, Genomics or Oncology


- Minimum five years of experience at a pharmaceutical, biotechnology or diagnostics company
- Minimum five years experience working in cross functional matrix teams Experience and confidence in working with diverse teams and functions
- Strong ability to effectively collaborate with and influence partners within and across divisions
- Proven ability to collaborate with others and to resolve conflicts
- Outstanding verbal and written communications skills
- Results driven


- Experience with Oncology Clinical Biomarker Development, Companion diagnostic development and commercialization or Anatomic and Molecular Pathology
- Seven to ten years of experience working in industry
- Experience working globally strongly preferred
- Companion diagnostic expertise is an advantage
- Familiarity interacting with external key scientific experts in the oncology and pathology

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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Job: Medical Affairs Generic ONC

Job Title:Dir, Medical Affairs

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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