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Merck & Co, Inc

Director, Global Public Policy, Non-communicable Diseases

Advertising and Public Relations

Account Director


Washington DC, Washington DC, United States

Job Description

Our Policy & Communications team collaborate with governments and policy organizations at local and national levels. We address legislative and regulatory issues that promote and protect the discovery of innovative medicine, vaccines and animal health products while improving and protecting patient access to care. We take great care to monitor and manage the reputation of our company communicating the work we do to improve lives.

Position Description:

The Director is responsible for providing direction and coordination of public policy initiatives & advocacy related to our Company's therapeutic area franchises addressing non-communicable diseases.

The scope includes: developing and executing public policy strategies for Non-Communicable Disease therapeutic areas on a global level, including in neuroscience, immunology, NASH, cardiovascular diseases, and other NCD-related therapeutic areas.

The position is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and responding to public policy issues, developing our Company’s positions and advocating in support of our Company's strategic business priorities in these areas. In conjunction with the global franchise teams, the cross-functional Global Commercial Teams, regional and country teams, the senior policy team, and the broader Corporate Affairs team, the Director will help to develop and execute our Company’s global plan in support of the neuroscience, immunology, NASH, cardiovascular disease pipelines, and other in-line or new therapeutic areas.

Primary Activities:

  • Manage development and implementation of annual global public policy strategic plans aligned with therapeutic-area Global Commercial Team strategies.

  • Coordinate development of our Company's public policy positions in coordination with senior policy management and Corporate Affairs stakeholders, with the Franchise and Global Commercial Teams, and other internal stakeholders and manage communication internally and externally, as appropriate.

  • Engage relevant internal stakeholders to ensure our Company's advocacy with public policy agencies and organizations is coordinated, consistent and effective.

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, including patient advocacy groups

  • Represent our Company in industry and other external policy-related for a through formal presentations to and other communications with external stakeholders active in the therapeutic area policy arena

  • Engage with regional and country policy teams to provide strategic guidance and policy coordination to support the Global Commercial Team on public policy issues.

  • Manage external consultants and policy development projects

Position Qualifications:


  • We offer Hybrid Work Model (combination of In-office & offsite/remote). This position cannot be 100% remote.

  • Applicant must have ability to work from our Washington D.C site with up to 25% Travel (including International).

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • BS/BA required.

  • Master’s or graduate degree in a field related to health care policy strongly preferred.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 8 years of experience addressing healthcare and/or pharmaceutical public policy issues and strong knowledge of issues related to non-communicable diseases or a related area of healthcare.

  • Minium of 3 years of experience in the Global Public Policy space is preferred.

  • Experience with & expert knowledge of government (policymakers, payers, agencies) and non-governmental organizations (patient organizations, key opinion leaders, etc.) active on public policy issues.

  • Strong knowledge of healthcare public policy processes including understanding the roles, influence of various (internal & external) stakeholders and stakeholder engagement.

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Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Requisition ID:R226343