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Merck & Co, Inc

Global Public Policy/International Government Affairs Director for Asia Pacific (AP) ( MERCUSR185141ENUS)

Government and Military

Government Affairs



Washington DC, Washington DC, United States

Job Description

Global Public Policy/International Government Affairs Director for Asia Pacific (AP)

(Based in Washington, DC)

Our Company faces many opportunities to bring scientific breakthrough innovations to patients. We advocate with governments, payers, and other stakeholders to ensure that the benefits of innovation are understood, and that the policy landscape supports patient access to innovation.

This position, based in Washington, DC, is responsible for leading our Company’s Asia Pacific (AP) engagement strategy with US government, Embassies, key trade associations, think tanks, and multilateral fora with priority focus on AP (to include China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, India, Australia/New Zealand, and ASEAN). The position reports to the Executive Director for Global Public Policy/International Government Affairs. In implementing the Washington, DC advocacy program for our Company AP objectives, the Director will liaise closely with AP regional and in-country colleagues in Policy and Market Access. The Director will also be a member of the Washington, DC International Global Public Policy/International Government Hub.


  • Executive Director for Global Public Policy/International Government Affairs

Geographical scope:

  • Washington, DC (in conjunction with AP teams)


  • Lead the AP Washington, DC policy strategy in support of the AP Regional commercial and policy priorities in collaboration with country affiliates, including providing strategic guidance to DC-based team, Regional AP Hub lead, country Managing Directors, and Policy Leads.

  • Represent our Company before the US government, Embassies, and Washington, DC business organizations (PhRMA, US Chamber of Commerce, others) on behalf of our Company's AP priorities.

  • Develop capability-building and advocacy opportunities for visiting members of AP teams to Washington, DC.

  • In collaboration with internal teams, lead strategic policy projects and develop thought leadership platforms in Washington, DC to support innovation and budgetary support for cancer care, immunization programs, and other therapeutic priority areas.

  • Strengthen our Company’s network of Washington, DC-based policy makers and opinion leaders in AP geopolitical, trade, and economic/commercial areas.

  • Build strong collaborative relationships with colleagues in Policy, Market Access, and other cross-functional teams at both global and country level.

  • Facilitate internal information sharing on a routine basis.


  • Policy and political acumen, with strong ability to prioritize critical issues and develop solutions to complex policy problems.

  • Strong initiative and leadership, with demonstrated ability to identify opportunities, design effective advocacy efforts and execute impactful advocacy programs, mobilizing internal and external stakeholders towards a shared goal.

  • Strong collaborative skills, with proven strengths in inspiring confidence and cooperation among internal stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated ability to build professional relationships with external influencers and decision makers.

  • Excellent writing and oral communication across functions and leadership levels

  • Capability to stay focused in a complex, fast-evolving environment.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Policy, International Affairs, or similar discipline (Masters preferred)

  • Minimum eight years of experience in international policy and/or government relations and advocacy with preference leading policy engagements in Washington, DC

  • Experience engaging with US and foreign government policy makers, trade organizations, and consultants.

  • Proven ability to succeed in highly matrixed, cross-functional team settings.

  • Experience in an AP-focused global, regional, or country role is a distinct advantage.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

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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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Requisition ID:R185141