International Medical Leader, Oncology

Kenilworth, NJ, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: MED003085

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 Oncology portfolio includes multiple indications and each of the International Medical Leader (IML) roles will be responsible for part of the portfolio.

The IML is accountable for supporting Medical Affairs activities for a specific oncology product(s) and/or indication(s) across countries in Oncology Global Medical Affairs (OGMA) and is a HQ based position. The IML supervises and collaborates with a team of Regional Directors of Medical Affairs and/or Medical Affairs Strategy Leaders who develop and execute medical affairs plans in the regions and give direction for country medical affairs activities.

The IML contributes to the development and execution of the most efficient, integrated oncology global medical affairs/scientific strategy including but not limited to scientific evidence generation and scientific information exchange with all key stakeholders for the assigned product(s) and/or indication(s). The IML works closely with the Regional Medical Leads, Product Development Teams, and Global Marketing Strategy Leads, coordinates strategies, and informs all major stakeholders of unmet needs and facilitate appropriate approaches to address them.

Contribute to the development and execution of medical activities for a product and/or indication through the entire lifecycle ensuring integrity of the scientific content and sound medical governance. Maintain and expand value proposition of specific products as a key OGMA collaborator within the Product Development Team (PDT) and with Merck Research Laboratories (MRL), Commercial, Safety, Merck Manufacturing Division (MMD), Regulatory Market access and other stakeholders, ensuring appropriate decisions are based on customer feedback. Strengthen Merck’s medical reputation in Oncology through successful management of medical dimensions of the products ensuring that prescribers can understand the appropriate use of our medicines and ensure the patient remains at the center of our decision making. Contribute to the development and execution of the Medical Affairs plans for the specific Oncology product and/or indication as well as developing medical expertise/ transferring knowledge across the regions for this product/ indication. Coordinate medical input and insights into multiple internal functions across all geographies Understand the impact of new data on the value/ positioning of products in major guidelines/ formularies and proactively identify unmet medical needs and how to address them. Foresee potential changes in the healthcare, regulatory and competitive environments throughout the products lifespan. Liaise with affiliates to ensure cross fertilization of relevant medical information Provide medical input for approval of medical and scientific content of Regulatory, Safety, Scientific Affairs, Medical Affairs and Commercial outputs Provides leadership and strategic direction to Commercial Leads in interactions and communications with external customers, key organizations and institutions. Maintain external orientation by participating actively in external Oncology events and activities. Lead the appropriate engagement with key Strategy Leaders (SLs) and the external community in close collaboration with the regional/ country colleagues Assess risks and identify issues, conflicts or gaps across programs and regions Manages multiple Regional Director Medical Affairs (RDMAs) and/or Medical Affairs Strategy Leads (MASLs) and provides clear expectations and priorities for the team Completes performance reviews, ensures appropriate support for employee development and approves travel and expense reports for the RDMAs/MASLs Enables RDMAs/MASLs to work successfully in a matrix environment by guidance/mentoring of team and collaborating across divisions Works with the Oncology Regional Medical Leaders, Cooperative Groups, Medical Affairs, Global Clinical Trials Organization, Marketing, Global Medical Affairs Qualifications

  • Required:  MD with experience in Medical Oncology/Hematology
  • Required Experience:  
  • Minimum of (5) years experience at a Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology company including Medical Affairs or related experience (Product Lifecycle Management)
  • Familiarity with key medical/scientific experts in the Oncology/ indication
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate, mentor, manage and provide clear, unambiguous expectations and priorities for the team – of own staff or through networks.
  • Comfort and confidence in working with diverse teams and backgrounds
  • In a matrix environment, able to effectively collaborate with and influence partners across divisions; can collaborate with others to resolve conflicts across organizations.
  • In-depth understanding of the scientific method and clinical applications based on medical, scientific and practical rationale.
  • Must demonstrate excellent communication skills and Merck leadership principles.
  • Ability to articulate the value of clinical and health outcome data
  • Sound scientific and clinical judgment
  • Collaborate cross-functionally and able to integrate broad medical, scientific and commercial input into program development
  • Proven ability to lead and manage global virtual teams, and motivate others in a complex multi-functional, multi-cultural/national matrix environment.
  • Ability to effectively present ideas and document complex medical/clinical concepts in both written and oral communication.
  • History of solving problems while exhibiting superior judgment and a balanced, realistic understanding of issues.
  • Understanding of regulatory agency organization, guidelines, and practices and ability to negotiate with these groups.
  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices (GCP), worldwide healthcare regulations and guidelines, and applicable international regulatory requirements.
  • Understanding of new drug commercialization and business practices.
  • Understanding of resourcing and budgeting.
  • Customer driven and ability to understand patient needs and institutional concerns and integrate into strategies
  • Preferred Experience:
  • Prior people management experience
  • Global experience or understanding of current global environment
  • Knowledge Of:
  • Pharmaceutical industry and healthcare environment
  • Commercial environment
  • In-line and pipeline product knowledge as well as of the competitive landscape, clinical practice trends and treatment guideline evolution.
  • Industry Code of Conduct
  • Working knowledge of international healthcare environments



    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


    Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully: 

    Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means.


    Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


    For more information about personal rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, visit:


                EEOC Poster

                EEOC GINA Supplement 

    Job: Medical Affairs Generic ONC
    Other Locations:
    Employee Status: Regular
    Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
    Number of Openings:
    Shift (if applicable):
    Hazardous Materials:
    Company Trade Name: Merck

    Similar jobs

    Similar jobs