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Merck & Co, Inc

Director, Business Development & Licensing – Oncology and Immuno-Oncology Search and Evaluation ( MERCUSR131646ENUS)

Business Development




Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

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Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law.

Director, Business Development & Licensing – Oncology and Immuno-Oncology Search and Evaluation

Key contributor to our Company’s business development efforts in search and evaluation, due diligence, and execution of preclinical through clinical stage to regulatory approval business development opportunities in oncology and immuno-oncology.

  • Identify, evaluate, and execute oncology and immuno-oncology business development opportunities with a focus on cutting-edge science across different modalities to enhance and/or expand our Company’s pipeline.

  • Contribute to oncology and immuno-oncology business development strategy with discovery and clinical development leadership.

  • Responsible for leading deep scientific and clinical due diligence, the quality of formal due diligence output, and the integration of internal subject matter expert input and senior management review and approval.

  • Work closely with search and evaluation colleagues in our Company’s business development External Innovation Hubs to ensure comprehensive coverage of the relevant opportunity space.

  • Collaborate with preclinical, clinical, and commercial team, as well as commercial business development colleagues to ensure alignment between activities and business development needs relating to the pipeline.

  • Analyze the full range of data and lead cross-functional due diligence on inbound and outbound licensing and business development opportunities (from discovery through filing).

  • Provide thorough and timely assessments and updates to appropriate management levels to ensure efficient communication and seamless cross functional collaboration.

  • Work closely with transaction leads, legal, commercial, and financial analysis team to ensure relevant deals of highest priority are being advanced and executed.

  • Manage a portfolio of complex business development projects serving as the primary scientific contact for potential licensing, acquisition, collaborations, co-development agreements, and strategic alliances in oncology and immuno-oncology.

  • Individual contributor role.


  • MD or PhD in relevant scientific discipline.


  • At least 5 years relevant experience in the biopharma industry with comprehensive understanding of drug discovery and development and a broad knowledge of the field.

  • At least 3 years relevant experience working in and a deep knowledge of the oncology and immuno-oncology therapeutic area.

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience in business development or related experience and an established network in the biopharmaceutical industry.

  • Demonstrated success in identifying, evaluating, and executing significant business development deals and partnerships that have resulted in substantial impact.

  • Thorough understanding of industry trends and competitive landscape with strong business acumen and ability to translate scientific and technical information to frame attractive business opportunities.

  • Strong interpersonal, analytical, critical-thinking, verbal and written communication skills.

  • Highly developed organizational skills, operational skills, and ability to understand the content of and memorialize interactions potential partners.

  • Strong leadership skills and proven ability to influence others to reach common goals as well as act independently.

  • Must possess the executive presence to facilitate the decision-making process among our Company Senior Executives.

  • Self-motivated, attention to detail, and proven ability to work well on teams.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.


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Requisition ID:R131646