Director, CORE Regional LA - Vaccines

Carolina, PR
May 09 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: OUT000553

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.


The incumbent will join the CORE (Center for Observational & Real-world Evidence) regional Latin America (LATAM) team and focus in the area of vaccines.


Under the guidance of the CORE LATAM Lead, the incumbent will have the responsibility of supporting the interpretation and translation of CORE integrated evidence strategies for vaccine products developed at the global level to company affiliates in the Latin America region. The scope of this support will include National Immunization Program (NIP)/Health Technology Assessment (HTA)/reimbursement dossier submission and overall Real World Evidence activities that tailor the global strategies to the country strategies in the region. This process includes tight alignment with the CORE vaccines group regarding strategy and plans, as well as having a high-level awareness of the setting and challenges in the LATAM countries. A close collaboration with regional above-markets teams (including Medical Affairs, Access & Pricing, and Policy) is required to ensure consistency and alignment with strategies.


Another focus of the incumbent will be to collaborate with key markets to identify evidence gaps as well as how to support the value discussion, and address these from the Health Economic and Outcomes Research (HEOR) perspective, including supporting development of meaningful tools and arguments to guide discussion and interaction with vaccines stakeholders, including National Immunization Program (NIP) and vaccines Technical Advisory Groups (TAG), payers, health systems and clinicians at country level.

The role involves interactions with country affiliates to have an understanding of country-specific NIP/HTA/reimbursement needs and to support timely and efficient NIP/HTA/reimbursement submission, including support country specific adaptation of the global cost-effectiveness (CE) and budget impact (BI) models in LATAM.

The incumbent should be able to work with local teams around HEOR strategy and support and train the teams in relation to local HEOR and Local Data Generation (LDG) study execution. Another important element is to support colleagues as well as local thought leaders/researchers to understand and utilize evidence in the areas of HTA, HEOR and RWE, enabling them to make correct interpretations of HEOR studies as well as how to interpret CE and BI analysis for vaccines health policy decision-making at various levels in healthcare systems.


This position will focus on adult and pediatric vaccines, and specific roles include, but are not limited to:
• Understanding of NIP, HTA, market access, and policy environment for vaccine products in the LATAM region to critically assess drivers and barriers to reimbursement and market access and identify value evidence needs.
• Ensuring that CORE vaccines activities are optimized within the LATAM region and actively communicate across functions to ensure efficiency in regard to alignment and optimal support.
• Providing scientific health economic and outcomes research support for vaccines in the LATAM region.
• Align CORE activities, including studies, models, publications, advice, to priorities for the priority markets in the LATAM region – working in close collaboration with the above-market teams in Medical Affairs, Access & Pricing, and Policy.
• Maintain awareness of scientific and HEOR developments within pediatric and adults vaccines, both in terms of new methodology and new activities.
• Presenting vaccines HEOR data internally to the LATAM vaccines organization and externally at international/regional/national congresses, and publishing articles in scientific journals.


Education Minimum Requirement:
•Bachelor's degree or higher in health economics, epidemiology, outcomes research, health services research, public health management or related fields.

Required Experience and Skills:
• A minimum of 5 years biotech/pharmaceutical Health Economic and Outcomes Research (HEOR) experience, including market access experience.
• Experience working within the Latin America region.
• Proven track record of success in executing Health Economic and Outcomes Research (HEOR) strategies, including development and execution of Real World Evidence (RWE)(RWE) observational studies and health economic models, as demonstrated through peer-reviewed presentations and publications.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills. Proficiency in English and Spanish, in oral and written. Ability to communicate in English and Spanish functionally explicit information across a wide array of audiences, including scientific and commercial groups

Preferred Experience and Skills:
• Experience and success in leading projects and interacting with cross-functional teams
• Experience in application of HEOR (Health Economic and Outcomes Research)  methods for vaccine products.
• Experience in collaborating with external researcher teams, academic health centers, and contract research organizations, setting up and executing studies, and authoring presentations and publications
• Documented communication skills focused on training/teaching in the areas of HTA, (Health Technology Assessment) HEOR (Health Economic and Outcomes Research) , and/or RWE (Real World Evidence).


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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