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Merck & Co, Inc

Director, Outcomes Research ( MERCUSR141984ENUS)

Science and Research

Clinical Research Director



Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

If this position will be based in the US or Puerto Rico (not applicable to positions based outside of US or Puerto Rico): Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law

Under the guidance of the Executive Director, the incumbent has the primary responsibility for planning and managing Outcomes Research (OR) activities for in-line and developmental drugs on a worldwide basis. This includes all phases of outcomes research including design and implementation of retrospective database studies, assessment of patient reported outcomes, epidemiological studies and economic modeling. The incumbent works closely with Franchise Teams, Regional Product Directors, Country affiliates, Public Affairs, and clinical teams to ensure Outcome Research programs are in line 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.

  • Critically assesses drivers and drivers to reimbursement and market access to provide input into clinical and market development programs.

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

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

  • Works closely with the Product Development Teams (PDTs) to develop OR plans for company in-line and developmental products based on the regulatory, marketing and reimbursement environments on a worldwide basis. Works with clinical teams, country 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.

  • Represents CORE on one or more Value and Evidence Sub-teams (VEST) and provide leadership in developing the OR strategies and plans for developmental compounds and obtains cross-divisional senior management approval. The incumbent may be selected to lead one or more VESTs.

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

  • Supports country affiliates to understand local needs, adapt health economic evaluations, customize OR documents such as protocols and reimbursement dossier, which includes the development of the worldwide template document, 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 Human Health divisions (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.

  • May travel on company business to ensure broad internal/external input into the OR planning process and to assure the timely completion of projects

  • 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:

  • Master’s in Public Health, Health Economics or Epidemiology from a recognized University.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 3 years of pharmaceutical industry experience or outcomes research/real-word data experience post terminal degree.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • At least 5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience or outcomes research/real-word data experience post terminal degree.

  • PhD in Public Health, Health Economics, or Epidemiology from a recognized University. Excellent leadership and strategic thinking skills.

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., Kenilworth, 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 …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.


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Requisition ID:R141984