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Merck & Co, Inc

Assoc. Dir, US Vaccines - Pediatric Pneumococcal Marketing Scientific Strategy (Hybrid)

Sales and Marketing

Brand Marketing


North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

The Scientific Strategy lead plays a critical role in the ongoing launch of a Pediatric Pneumococcal Vaccine, a key growth driver for the organization and high priority, amidst a highly competitive and dynamic market. The Scientific Strategy Lead will be accountable for developing the strategies and relevant initiatives to drive scientific understanding, advocacy and activation for a Pediatric Pneumococcal Vaccine. This role will guide commercial activities that interface with internal and external stakeholders, including US Medical Affairs, Regional Vaccine Medical Directors, Global Marketing, the Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE), and key external societies.

Key Tasks of the role will include, but are not limited to:

  • Define brand priorities from a scientific education and advocacy perspective, ensuring alignment with marketing L3 strategy

  • Partner with Medical Affairs to develop and execute upon a scientific engagement plan that supports the ongoing launch of a Pediatric Pneumococcal vaccine

  • Understand and adapt to a highly dynamic competitive landscape, leading the development of a scientific strategy that differentiates versus competition

  • Partner with Medical Affairs and GEMS to lead Group Input Meetings

  • Partner with key stakeholders on the development of medical education content and collaborate across the marketing team to execute upon medical education strategy, including digital components through the digital engagement team (DET)

  • Develop the franchise’s annual congress plan and develop necessary congress resources / activities

  • Work with CORE and Market Access teams to support needs, including assessing our health care economic value platform

  • Represent brands on select cross-divisional teams (e.g. VEST)

  • Act as the commercial point during LEAD meetings and manage label updates

  • Consistently remain current on key insights for the brand, customer, and marketplace

Knowledge and Skills

  • BA/BS

  • A minimum of 2 years Vaccines/Pharma/Biotech knowledge OR a minimum of 3 years combined strategic marketing, brand management, sales or business support knowledge in any industry

  • Strong written/verbal communication skills as demonstrated through knowledge in strategy & marketing business case communication, sales interface, direct customer engagement and/or sales presentations

  • Strong project management skills as demonstrated by prioritizing activities, using resources optimally, establishing appropriate deadlines and ensuring on-time delivery

  • Results-driven, with a strong focus on teamwork and collaboration

Preferred Knowledge and Skills

  • Proficiency with communication/marketing to health care providers

  • Proficiency in a highly regulated environment (with medical/legal review processes) including bringing materials through legal, regulatory, and clinical review

  • Proficiency influencing without direct authority, navigating complex or matrix organizations and working successfully with cross-functional teams


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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Expected salary range:

$130,960.00 - $206,200.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here.

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Requisition ID:R256859