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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director, Outcomes Research

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director


North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Attention NJ Applicants: In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ by 2023. Therefore, the NJ work location for this role will be temporarily based and the exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.

The goal of CORE (Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence) is to generate value evidence, support both regulatory commitments and reimbursement activities and collaborate on the development of market access strategies for our company`s products throughout the world.

Under the guidance of a Senior Director, Oncology Product Line, an Associate Director has the primary responsibility for planning and managing real world evidence activities for in-line and developmental company oncology drugs on a worldwide basis. This includes all phases of outcomes research and real-world evidence needs including design and implementation of retrospective database studies, assessment of patient reported outcomes (PROs), epidemiological studies and economic modeling. The incumbent works closely with Customer Business Line teams, Regional Product Directors, company affiliates, Public Affairs, Medical Education and our Research Division colleagues to ensure programs are consistent with marketing strategies in key countries. The incumbent also contributes to product development and marketing strategies to ensure that product value is defined and developed. This position will focus on different indications in Oncology.

  • Participates in Value and Evidence Sub-teams (VEST) and provides leadership in developing the OR strategies and plans for developmental compounds and obtains cross-divisional senior management approval.

  • Critically assesses drivers and barriers to reimbursement and market access, identifying value evidence needs to provide input into clinical and market development programs.

  • Implements programs to document disease burden and unmet need, PRO components, and health economic aspects of disease and the value of drug therapy as outlined in the OR planning process/map and generates data on a worldwide basis to support pricing and reimbursement.

  • Develops value evidence deliverables (e.g., health economic evaluations) and their adaptation to generate country-specific data supporting pricing and reimbursement.

  • Works closely with the VEST team members to develop OR plans for company in-line and developmental products based on the regulatory, marketing and reimbursement/HTA environments on a worldwide basis; including US specific market needs. Works with our Research Division colleagues, company affiliates and consultants to write, coordinate, and validate as required, study design, protocols, measurement questionnaires, case report forms, data analysis plans, and final reports/publications.

  • Works with the company Investigator Study Program Committee to evaluate outcomes research study protocols for studies in local markets.

  • Supports company affiliates to understand local needs, adapt health economic evaluations, customize Outcomes Research documents such as protocols and reimbursement dossiers, which includes the development of the worldwide template document including global value dossier and input forms, design of data collection forms for customization to countries, and in collaboration with company affiliates, adaptation of the document according to local requirements.

  • Works closely with other departments (i.e. Human Health and Public Affairs) to effectively develop/ communicate OR data and consistent messages throughout our company and to external customers.

  • Responsible for maintaining awareness of scientific developments within his/her areas of expertise, both in terms of new methodology and new activities to establish communications with key outcomes research opinion leaders.

  • Builds relationships with health economic and outcomes research experts worldwide.

  • Presents outcomes research data at international/national congresses and publishes articles in scientific journals

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience with a Master’s Degree from a recognized school of medicine, public health, management, pharmacy, or economics OR

  • Doctoral (preferred) degree from a recognized school of medicine, public health, management, pharmacy, or economics

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the design and implementation of clinical, epidemiological, or health economic studies

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Doctoral degree with a minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience or doctoral training preferred

  • Demonstrated expertise in the field of outcomes research, epidemiology or health economics preferred.

  • Excellent leadership and strategic thinking skills

  • A track record of scientific presentations and publications.

  • Real-world evidence experience in Oncology

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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$117,600.00 - $200,100.00

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Requisition ID:R213008