Executive Director, U.S. Oncology Medical Strategy Job

Gwynedd, PA, US
September 01 2017
Organization Type
Executive Director, U.S. Oncology Medical Strategy-MED003066


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.

The Executive Director, US Oncology Medical Strategy has primary responsibility for the direct leadership and management of the US Oncology Global Medical Affairs (OGMA) Medical Affairs Strategy Leads (MASLs) including: development of the US OGMA MAP, US OGMA launch plans, US OGMA strategic initiatives, and development and management of budget associated with the US OGMA MAP.

- Lead, develop and motivate a group of MASLs and their teams of Scientific professionals to support the Oncology brand portfolio while fostering alignment, integration, innovation, and driving performance.

- Collaborate across the matrix to formulate plans that integrate with and support a cross-portfolio strategy.

- Collaborate closely with the Executive Director, US OGMA Field Teams to ensure alignment and executional excellence of the HQ-led strategic initiatives.

Primary Activities:

- Defines strategic direction for the MASLs and ensures alignment with field team on strategic imperatives to foster executional excellence.

- Oversight of all operational activity for the MASLs including hiring, training, evaluation, motivation and disciplinary activities in alignment with the company’s corporate strategies and objectives. Provide strong leadership to motivate MASLs to align to a results oriented culture.

- Responsible for initiating, building and fostering internal/external relationships with recognized SLs and KDMs in Oncology and Hematology. Represents US OGMA leadership while attending external conferences or engaging in scientific exchange, stays abreast of current scientific trends, opinions of company data, and that of competitors while engaging in scientific exchange either personally or at conferences and meetings.

- Supervise MASLs and strategy teams to:

- Ensure the development of the US MAP, launch plans, US OGMA strategic initiatives, and associated budget.

- Monitor the needs of Merck and effectively structure the work plan of the strategy teams to meet these objectives.

- Collaborate and align effectively with internal stakeholders including: Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), International Medical Leads (IMLs), Global Medical Information (GMI), Center for Observational and Real World Evidence (CORE), Global Expert Management & Strategy (GEMS), U.S. Medical Affairs (USMA) , APA and Commercial.

- Maintain relationships with key SLs and KDMs essential to the oncology program.

- Identify new and emerging science in areas of importance to Merck.

- Provide scientific consultation to the Franchise to support scientifically informed and clinically educated decision making. Assure cooperation and alignment with Global initiatives.

- Work closely with MRL, Franchise, OGMA, APA, and Global Directors of Scientific Affairs to ensure successful Merck presence and participation in Professional Society meetings.

- Maintain high level of scientific knowledge within Oncology.



- Required: Doctoral degree (PhD, PharmD, or MD)

Required Experience:

- Minimum of (2) years of industry experience and/or minimum of (5) years Clinical or Academic experience

- Minimum of (5) years Management experience

- Minimum of (2) years Clinical experience within Oncology specialty

- Proven track record of success, especially in the areas of strategic thinking, medical planning, successful launch planning and execution in the US market, scientific leader engagement, and integration with field teams.

- Successful record of managing large and complex projects with minimal oversight.

- Exemplary interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written.

- Demonstrated ability to comprehend complex scientific, research, and medical issues.

- Ability to travel across assigned area.

- Estimated travel 20%.

Preferred Experience:

- Minimum of (2) years in HQ based Leadership in Medical Affairs to include Medical Information or Research and Development

- Experience in Hematology, Oncology and a well-established understanding of NCCN guidelines

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we are 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 staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Job: Medical Affairs - MD ONC

Job Title:Executive Director, Medical Affairs

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Other Locations: 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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