Executive Director, International Vaccine Public Policy Job

Gwynedd, PA, US
September 14 2017
Organization Type
Executive Director, International Vaccine Public Policy-POL000287


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 impact of public policy on Merck’s vaccines business is substantial. Public policy governs public sector vaccine purchases and structures private sector vaccines markets. The success of the business depends on the ability to shape the vaccines public policy environment, creating competitive advantages for Merck and opening market opportunities for our products. Constrained government budgets coupled with fierce competitors in the policy space require that public policy efforts be highly sophisticated and strategic, innovative and tactical. They must be thoroughly integrated with business objectives and corporate communications to achieve optimal success. The pharmaceutical industry is highly regulated, placing particular emphasis on the value of expert public policy engagement with governments, international organizations, patient and provider groups, and other stakeholders and influencers.

The Executive Director, International Vaccine Public Policy leads internationally-focused public policy and advocacy for Merck's Vaccines Division (MVD) as a member of the senior leadership team responsible for domestic and international vaccine policy.

- Develops overarching international public policy strategy and guides global, regional, and country tactical engagements for vaccines.

- Addresses vaccine public policy positions and advocates in support of Merck’s strategic business priorities.

- Serves as the public policy representative on the Global Vaccines Cross-Functional Team, working closely with counterparts in International Commercial Operations, Medical Affairs, Market Access, and Communications.

- In conjunction with others, advances Merck’s relationships with the principal external government and non-governmental stakeholders that influence international vaccine policy.

- Identifies key external engagement opportunities for senior MVD management with external stakeholders on vaccines policy issues and provides expert support for such engagements.

- Manages the International vaccines policy team.

- In a matrixed structure, provides strategic direction and tactical guidance to eight regional vaccine policy leads.

- Serves as an expert resource on public policy, public sector engagement, vaccines confidence, health systems and immunization programs, sustainable financing, and stakeholder influence.

Primary activities include and are not limited to the following:

- Conceive, conduct, manage, and evaluate strategic and tactical market-shaping plans to optimize vaccine uptake worldwide.

- Identify annual vaccine, prevention and wellness priorities of the governmental and public health sectors. Advise colleagues on areas of alignment and synergies.

- Oversee essential information gathering to inform strategic goals and operational tactics – e.g., environmental scans of issues, politics and policies, analyses of domestic market government pricing and reimbursement issues.

- Work to further Merck’s position as an industry thought leader and vaccine partner of choice for public decision makers, including Ministries of Health and Finance, as well as nongovernmental organizations.

- Lead vaccine public policy training and capacity building for senior policy and business executives.

- Work cross-functionally with colleagues in commercial, medical affairs, market access, and communications to achieve business goals.

- Oversee development of Merck position papers, including ones related to government pricing and reimbursement topics.

- Represent Merck in meetings with government officials and nongovernmental leaders on vaccine public policy matters.

- Participate in relevant PhRMA, Chamber of Commerce, or other committees. Identify and include appropriate colleagues as content experts.

- Engage in Merck internal working groups formed to address government pricing and reimbursement strategies.

- Lead operation and planning support, including development and monitoring of annual objectives and other special projects as assigned.



Required: Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Public Administration, Economics, Political Science, or Political Economy or related field.

Preferred: Master's or Professional degree in Public Policy (MPP), Public Health (MPH or MSPH), Public Administration (MPA), or Economics, Political Science, or Political Economy (MA, MS)

Required Experience:

Minimum of (10) years demonstrated success working in Public Policy arena and/or government, preferably in Public Health.

Academic background or career exposure to public health and health care

Experience and expert knowledge of health systems – finance and payment structures, benefit design, care delivery, etc. – and understanding of the implications for vaccine supply and demand.

Demonstrated leadership ability to identify strategic priorities, bring together different internal stakeholders, and move an agenda forward to resolution and action.

Strong managerial background and proven ability to lead teams.

Proven record in identifying policy trends affecting public health and/or the vaccine industry and advancing policy solutions.

Strong oral and written communication skills to influence and effectively lead internal and external audiences to desired outcomes.

Ability to master complex policy, regulatory, and legislative issues, think creatively, and develop innovative strategies and solutions.

Ability to manage numerous, competing priorities under pressure and effective collaborative working and program management skills.

High degree of ethics and ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally.

Demonstrated experience working in matrixed teams and high degree of collaboration.

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 staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Job: Policy/Government Relations

Job Title:Executive Director, Policy / Government Relations

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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