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Merck & Co, Inc

Executive Director, US Medical Affairs, Pulmonary Hypertension ( MERCUSR195909ENUS)


Executive Director



North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our Medical Affairs team advances patient care by engaging in scientific exchange with external medical experts and industry professionals ensuring the scientific value of our products is realized. We engage and train internal employees to ensure that they thoroughly comprehend the science behind the medicine and review further unmet medical needs to bolster collaboration and further differentiate our portfolio.

The Executive Director for Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) within US Medical Affairs (USMA) will lead the USMA field medical teams supporting PH and work cross functionally within the Global Medical and Scientific Affairs (GMSA) Therapeutic Area teams to align on medical strategies relevant to their region as defined by the Global Value Evidence and Medical (VEAM) plan.

The ED will be responsible for all US field medical strategic planning and field medical capabilities development in support of our pulmonary hypertension pipeline. The ED for PH will specifically be accountable for ensuring the PH field team executes against specified Field Execution Plans (FEP), encompassing both research and scientific exchange capabilities. This leader will maintain current knowledge in Pulmonary HTN, the evolving healthcare landscape and demonstrate a deep understanding of internal and external customer needs.

The USMA ED will collaborate with the relevant GMSA TA leads in General Medicine and other MRL and Human Health leadership as needed, and will provide input and review of strategic medical affairs (VEAM) plans for the pulmonary hypertension programs. The ED is accountable for all aspects of recruiting, hiring, on-boarding, and developing field medical affairs personnel and is responsible for performance management, organizational talent review and development and succession planning for their collective field teams.

Role Responsibilities

Leadership and Management:

  • Serves as a senior leader in the USMA organization, broadly influencing medical activities and setting the direction for the Regional Medical Scientific Directors (RMSDs) and Scientific Directors of Medical Affairs (SDMAs) across pulmonary hypertension programs
  • Assesses and determines core vision, strategy and objectives for field PH team that are aligned with GMSA medical strategies
  • Co-chairs Regional Medical Affairs Team (RMAT) meeting with Regional Director of Medical Affairs (RDMA)
  • Supervises the RMSD Team Leaders and coordinates closely with the US RDMA and SDMA to facilitate execution of the RMSD field team primary activities as well as lead, coach, and develop Field Team Leaders in alignment with goals, strategy, tactics, and professional objectives
  • Provides ongoing assessment of Team Leader and SDMA competencies, supports implementation of individual employee development priorities, and completes performance evaluations of all direct reports
  • Provides guidance to the team leaders to ensure compliant support in all aspects of scientific exchange, congress execution and research support
  • Optimizes and ensures therapeutic support of Health Systems accounts by fostering collaboration with the Medical Affairs Health Systems team, and Center of Observational and Real -World Evidence (CORE), as needed across PH programs
  • Collaborates with other EDs to ensure best-practice sharing among different US field teams

Strategic Planning and Project Management:

  • Provides comprehensive input into the US Country Medical Affairs Plan (US CMAP), field strategies and VEAM plans for pulmonary hypertension, as appropriate and assists the USMA VP with resource allocation and management.
  • Serves as a senior leader within USMA, responsible for developing subject matter expertise in the PH treatment landscape and providing comprehensive external insights into TA and VEAM plans.

Internal Collaboration and Alignment:

  • Works closely with US RDMAs and others in GMSA TAs, Global Clinical Development (GCD), Global Clinical Trial Operations (GCTO), Global Medical and Value Capabilities (GMVC), the Center for Observational and Real World Evidence (CORE) and key commercial leaders in Human Health (HH) as necessary to achieve objectives.
  • Coordinates strategy, planning and execution of relevant scientific congress responsibilities
  • Develops and effectively manages field team budget for each given year

Fully complies with all company policies and applicable laws, regulations and ethical standards.


  • Doctoral degree (e.g., MD, PharmD, PhD) with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and coach scientific / medical colleagues at all skill and knowledge levels

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Prior Industry experience (>/=7 years), preferably within cardiovascular or pulmonary programs, and experience supporting both scientific exchange and research efforts
  • Minimum of 5 years of direct management experience within the pharmaceutical industry
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills, strong personal integrity, teamwork and collaboration abilities, strong business and financial acumen and customer focus are necessary
  • Ability to work in a heavily matrixed work environment, balancing the needs of multiple, cross functional internal stakeholders
  • A demonstrated understanding of FDA, OIG, HIPAA, GCP and other ethical guidelines, laws and regulations relevant to the pharmaceutical industry and its customers to ensure compliance with all external and internal guidelines and standard operating procedures, specifically in regard to field medical activities
  • Ability to network and partner with important external customers, including top Scientific Leaders and investigators for all types of contracted/sponsored research
  • Demonstrable effective leadership skills (by example and through accomplishments), and is able to step forward to handle challenges within scope of authority
  • Demonstrate deep therapeutic competency in cardio- pulmonary disease states; stays abreast of trends and new information in the pulmonary hypertension landscape
  • Ability to effectively engage Senior Management to implement field medical vision and TA strategies.
  • Strong working knowledge of healthcare delivery in the US – acute care/hospital, payers, integrated delivery systems, care coordination, etc. relevant to the pulmonary hypertension treatment landscape
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing, dynamic environment and to motivate a team to do the same

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 3 years of front-line field medical leadership with teams having responsibility for both scientific exchange and research support
  • 3+ years clinical or research experience is preferred, with desired expertise in cardio-pulmonary medicine
  • Scientific/medical research and publication experience in the therapeutic area, including knowledge of national/international treatment guidelines and quality measures
  • Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Veeva, and other systems used by field medical teams
  • Ability to interface effectively with a variety of technical platforms for the collection, review, and dissemination of scientific insights
  • Demonstrated learning agility and experience managing field medical teams in cardio-pulmonary diseases in the US Market

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA – HQ or HQ-Remote; Ability to travel 40% of the time

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:R195909