Executive Director, Global Marketing - Gastrointestinal Cancer Therapeutic Area

Kenilworth, NJ, US
May 18 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: GLO001224

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 Global Human Health (GHH) Division abides by a “patient first, profits later” ideology. Results-driven and ambitious, this team of individuals represents a functional balance between meeting company objectives and the needs of people around the world. The organization is comprised of sales and marketing professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing Merck's prescription medicines, vaccines, and other medical products to our customers worldwide.

We are currently recruiting for a Gastrointestinal Cancer Therapeutic Area Global Marketing Executive Director for KEYTRUDA, which will be responsible for gastric, esophageal, hepatocellular, and colo-rectal cancers. The role will be based in Kenilworth, NJ.

This position will require outstanding leadership in all areas of product management including market assessment, disease state strategy, product clinical development, business development, product strategy, market development, branding, market segmentation, product positioning, thought leader engagement, promotion, channel strategies, pricing, market access, reimbursement, competitive dynamics, issues management, forecasting, opportunity valuations, resource requirements, and overall flawless launch execution. He or she will develop and execute business plans through marketing strategies, goals, and tactics.

Key responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

  • Overall responsibility for the development and adoption of the business strategy to build a global leadership position for Merck Oncology in GI cancers.
  • Provides commercial leadership and input on such activities including commercial lead on product development team, target product profile development, health authority interactions, global regulatory filing strategy, launch readiness reviews, key customer management, organized customer interactions, market research, product promotion, demand, revenue, and P&L forecasting, BD&L activities, and agency partner management.
  • Building and leading a commercial team, work effectively with cross-functional partners including research and development, market access, medical affairs, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, BD&L, market analytics, field sales organization, international and domestic operations, legal, scientific communications, professional education, training and development, health care compliance to successfully navigate the internal and external environments and deliver value to our customers
  • Responsible for achieving key business outcomes at a global level, including maximizing physician acceptance, market penetration, profitability, and new indication launch uptake.
  • Provides leadership, support, and expertise to country marketing and sales organizations as well as distribution channels for the product line.
  • Travel up to 25% of time


    • Required: BA/BS/B Eng degree
    • Preferred: MBA
    Required Experience:
    • Minimum of (8) years commercial experience
    • Minimum of (3) years Oncology experience
    • Launch experience
    • Marketplace assessment experience
    • Development of product strategy
    • People management experience
    • Strong written, verbal and presentation skills
    • Must be able to influence without authority as well as work collaboratively in cross-functional teams
    Preferred Experience:
    • Sales Leadership experience Oncology launch experience GI Cancer (e.g. gastric, esophageal, hepatocellular, colo-rectal or other GI cancer experiences)
    • Global Marketing experience
    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 assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.


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    Job: Global Marketing ONC
    Other Locations: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US
    Employee Status: Regular
    Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
    Number of Openings: 1
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    Company Trade Name: Merck

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