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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director, Global Scientific Training, Oncology ( MERCUSR186731ENUS)

Education and Training




North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our Oncology team is dedicated to delivering breakthrough innovations that extend and improve the lives of cancer patients worldwide. Our team of forward-thinking individuals achieve this through an unwavering commitment to support accessibility to medicine, providing new therapeutic solutions, and collaborating with governments and payers to ensure that people who need medicines have access to them. Our focus is on innovation and launch execution excellence; we translate breakthrough science into innovative medicines that help people with cancer across the globe.

Role Summary

  • The Global Scientific Training (GST) Associate Director (AD) is a member of the Field Medical Center of Excellence (FM CoE) team who will partner with the Global Scientific Training (GST) Senior Director and others on the team to support the development, review/approval, and deployment of scientific training and associated curricula for all Medical Affairs (MA) personnel globally.

  • The GST AD will support the following core activities: 1) The development of GST plans to support the Value Evidence and Medical (VEAM) teams plans, which includes ensuring strategic collaboration with regions and countries to assess and incorporate training needs, 2) The management and oversight of the delivery of GST to MA through collaboration with countries and regions, and 3) The measurement and quality evaluation of scientific training. All three core activities have a global scope and impact.

Responsibilities and Primary Activities


  • Understands the mission and vision of GMSA as a science-driven and patient-committed organization

  • Stays current with key initiatives across Global Scientific Training and exhibits a high degree of collaboration with colleagues to ensure alignment across the broader organization

  • Exhibits deep subject matter expertise and strong business acumen applied to the development and implementation of scientific training

  • Partners with members of the broader network across Our Company Research Laboratories (RL), and our company to identify operational efficiencies

  • Collaborates at a high level with the FM CoE Skills and Capabilities Team, the GMSA Strategy Teams, the GSC Teams, and the Regional Field Medical Teams

Supports the Development of GST Plans

  • Partners with Global Medical Leads to translate Global Medical objectives into scientific training objectives

  • Collaborates with key stakeholders cross-functionally and in the regions to obtain input into plans

  • Assesses knowledge gaps and training requirements for Field Medical

  • Helps create annual training plans for the Therapeutic Area Field Medical Teams aligned to the Value Evidence and Medical (VEAM) plan

  • Incorporates metrics into the GST Plan to address reach and effectiveness where applicable

  • Socializes the GST Plans with key regional field and GMAC stakeholders to ensure alignment

Helps Create Curricula and Materials Based on GST Plans

  • Defines the requirements of the curricula needed to support the GST Plans

  • Collaborates with GSC to align on the timing and outline of scientific content to be utilized during scientific training where applicable

  • Manages the development of the curricula and supporting materials to ensure they meet the defined requirements

  • Develops training materials consistent with adult learning principles and supports their review and approval

  • Collaborates with the CoE Skills and Capabilities Team to ensure role-based capability training is incorporated into the curricula appropriately

  • Identifies, manages, and collaborates with external agencies to help develop training materials

  • Ensures the quality of the curricula and materials and resolves issues

  • Ensures assessments are embedded in the materials where appropriate to address reporting and certification needs

Supports the Delivery of GST

  • Collaborates with the regional leads to establish a high-level training calendar and plan based on the GST Plans

  • Maintains ongoing communications with the country/regional training leads to ensure they are aware of any shifts in timing or content of training during development

  • Supports the execution of GST in the regions by training regional trainers and helping collect and summarize metrics

  • In collaboration with Field Medical, identifies and manages external scientific leaders (SLs) to deliver relevant training

Supports Measurement and Quality Enhancement

  • Assists in the reporting of the measurement and certification information gathered from the regional training leads to the appropriate internal stakeholders

  • Works with regional training leads to gather feedback for future training enhancement

Collaborates Cross-Functionally

  • Collaborates across functions and within the medical matrix to support development and execution of the GST Plan

  • Collaborates with the Global Scientific Content Team(s)

  • Ensures compliance with industry and company standards for review and approval of training curricula and associated materials

Required Qualifications, Skills, & Experience


  • PharmD/PhD/MD/DNP + minimum 1 year of relevant medical affairs, clinical practice, or learning and development experience, or

  • BS degree in pharmacy, MSN, MS degree in life sciences + minimum 5 years of relevant medical affairs, clinical practice, or learning and development experience, or

  • BS degree in nursing or life sciences + minimum 7 years of relevant medical affairs, clinical practice, or learning and development experience

  • Subject matter expertise, project and vendor management proficiency

  • Knowledge of our company systems (e.g., Veeva Vault, Share Point, Axonify Discover) to manage training materials, approval processes, and training material life cycles

  • Relevant working experience in Medical Affairs in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Ability to work in a complex organization environment and to effectively operate in a team-oriented global structure

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (written as well as oral), and persuasive skills

  • Proven ability to work in a matrix environment, with good networking and cross-functional management skills

  • Experience in creating and implementing training programs

  • Understanding of adult learning principles

  • Demonstrated project management experience

  • Proven ability to make informed and educated decisions

  • Self-motivation and a solution-oriented approach


  • Advanced degree (MD, PhD, PharmD) with preference for 3+ years of relevant medical affairs

  • Global project management experience

  • Vendor management experience

  • Field-based medical experience

  • Knowledge of the publications process, scientific platform development understanding, experience in implementing global medical communications processes

  • Competency in Therapeutic Area (Oncology)

  • Prior experience working within multiple regional regulations and compliance requirements

  • Scientific writing/verbal communications

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to translate strategy into action plans

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., 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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Requisition ID:R186731