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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Director Team Lead, Medical Affairs Oncology, Global Scientific Training

Education and Training



North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Merck’s Global Medical and Scientific Affairs mission is to communicate and generate medical evidence to help those responsible for health-care decisions make informed choices that improve access and health outcomes for patients around the world. The Field Medical Center of Excellence and Global Scientific Training (FM CoE & GST) organization trains our high-performing field medical teams, who are viewed by external stakeholders as preferred scientific peers and partners who support their patient care efforts. As an organization we create and deliver skill building and scientific and managerial training that enables FM teams to achieve execution excellence.

Role Summary:

  • The Global Scientific Training (GST) Team Lead Senior Director (TL Sr Dir) is a leadership role within the FM CoE & GST organization. The role reports directly into the Head of the FM CoE & GST organization and is a member of the leadership team. The TL Sr Dir leads and manages a team of GST directors (and associate directors as appropriate) who are responsible for the development, review/approval, and deployment of scientific training and associated curricula for all FM personnel globally. The TL Sr Dir has oversight of and accountability for the core processes associated with Global Scientific Training development such as development SOPs, implementation SOPs, and supporting systems.
  • The TL Sr Dir is accountable for four core activities, all which have global scope and impact: 1) Developing GST plans to support the Annual Value Evidence and Medical (VEAM) teams plans, which includes ensuring strategic collaboration with the Therapeutic Area Strategy Leaders as well as Field Medical Leaders in the regions and countries to assess and incorporate training needs, 2) Close collaboration with the GSC leadership to ensure aligned processes, communications, and synergistic activities, 3) Managing and overseeing the delivery of GST to the field through collaboration with countries and regions, and 4) Measuring and evaluating the quality of scientific training. A high degree of collaboration is required with the Core Skills and Capabilities Director, the Global Medical Affairs Strategy teams, the Global Scientific Content Teams, the Global Medical and Value Capabilities (GMVC) Hubs, and Regional Field Medical Leadership.
  • The GST TL Sr Dir is responsible for team management, setting appropriate priorities, high-functioning team leadership, and personnel development.

Responsibilities and Primary Activities:

Leads and manages the therapeutic area (TA)/product GST team by

  • Providing strategic leadership through facilitating or advising strategy development while demonstrating foresight and Global medical community awareness
  • Coordinating and leading budget process for assigned area
  • Implementing Our Company’s principles including a growth mindset as part of the building the best teams and talent at Our Company to build highly effective and talented teams
  • Providing ongoing assessment of team members’ competencies and developing and implementing individualized employee development plans to provide growth opportunities
  • Championing leadership-development initiatives and practices that contribute to a strong and diverse succession pool
  • Creating a work environment that encourages team members to follow the full intent and spirit of policies, procedures, and guidelines
  • Exemplifying and recognizing/rewarding leadership behaviors that support Our Company standards to assure the development of the next generation of leaders
  • Providing guidance to the Company, the Global Medical and Scientific Affairs Leadership Team (GMSA LT), and FM leadership to support high quality, impactful scientific training
  • Ensuring effective collaboration between their team, the Global Scientific Content team(s) and Therapeutic Area (TA) Strategy teams
  • Ensuring compliance with industry and company standards for review and approval of training curricula and associated materials

Leads Scientific Training processes and initiatives by

  • Leading efforts to define, develop, and update processes related to development of GST plans and curricula
  • Leading efforts and contributing to the development of training-related policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and execution guides
  • Identifying innovative training approaches to improve effectiveness, engagement, and efficiency of scientific and medical training
  • Identifying, contributing to, and/or leading ongoing transformation initiatives for the FMCoE, GMVC, or GMSA

Develops GST plans by

  • Partnering with the VEAM teams to translate Global Medical objectives into Scientific Training objectives
  • Collaborating with key stakeholders cross-functionally and in the regions to obtain plan input
  • Assessing knowledge gaps and training requirements for Field Medical
  • Leads the development of annual training plan for the Therapeutic Area Field Medical Teams aligned to the VEAM plan
  • Incorporating metrics into the GST Plan to address both reach and effectiveness
  • Socializing the GST plans with key regional Field and GMVC stakeholders to ensure alignment

Manages the creation of curricula and materials based on GST plans by

  • Defining the requirements of the curricula needed to support the GST plans
  • Providing input to GSC on content needs for scientific training, including current and future training needs
  • Collaborating with GSC to align on the timing and outline of the content to be provided
  • Managing the curricula and supporting-materials development to ensure they meet the defined requirements
  • Developing training materials consistent with adult-learning principles
  • Leading the review and approval process of training materials
  • Collaborating with CoE Core Skills & Capabilities Director to ensure role-based capability training is incorporated into the curricula as appropriate
  • Identifying, managing, and collaborating with external agencies to assist training material development
  • Ensuring the quality of the curricula and materials and resolving issues

Manages the delivery of GST by

  • Collaborating with the region/country leads to establish a high-level training calendar and plan based on the GST plans
  • Maintaining ongoing communications with the region/country leads to ensure they are aware of any timing or content shifts during development
  • Supporting the execution of GST in the regions by training regional trainers and assisting in the collection and summarization of metrics
  • Ensuring allocation of resources are aligned with strategic priorities and development activities are within budget
  • Measures and enhances quality by working with regions/countries to gather feedback for future training enhancement

Collaborates cross-functionally by

  • Partnering with other key stakeholders (e.g., Publications, Scientific Affairs, medical directors, medical science liaisons (MSLs), Compliance, the Product Development Team (PDT), Center of Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE)-Value Evidence Sub Team (VEST)) to ensure alignment with plans for publications, clinical trial development, labeling, and CORE and GST plans
  • Collaborating across functions (i.,e., Global Health Systems and to develop and execute the Scientific Training plan)

Required Qualifications, Skills, & Experience:


  • PharmD, PhD, DNP, MD + minimum 8 years of relevant medical communications or medical liaison experience, or
  • MS degree in life sciences + minimum 15 years of relevant medical communications experience, or
  • BS degree in life sciences + minimum 20 years of relevant medical communications experience
  • Subject matter expertise, project- and vendor-management proficiency, persuasive skills, and the ability to lead without direct authority over a continuum of stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Our Company Systems (e.g., Veeva Vault, Share Point, Axonify Discover) to manage training materials, approval processes, and training material life cycles
  • Pharmaceutical industry and/or clinical experience in the relevant therapeutic areas of responsibility
  • Relevant working experience in Medical Affairs in the pharmaceutical industry
  • 2+ years of experience managing people
  • Ability to work in a complex organization environment and to effectively operate in a team-oriented global structure
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written as well as verbal) skills
  • Proven ability to lead in a team-based and matrix environment with good networking and cross-functional management skills
  • Experience creating and implementing training programs
  • Understanding of adult-learning principles


  • Advanced degree (MD, PhD, PharmD, DNP)
  • Prior people management or team leader experience
  • Experience managing projects globally
  • Field-based medical experience
  • Knowledge of the publications process, understanding of scientific platform development, and experience implementing global medical communications processes
  • Therapeutic competency in the relevant therapeutic areas of responsibility
  • Prior experience working within multiple regional regulations and compliance requirements
  • Scientific communication skills (writing and verbal)
  • 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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