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Merck & Co, Inc

Assoc. Director, Science Lead Head and Neck

Science and Research

Food Science


North Wales, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Our Marketing team are passionate about bringing our medicines and vaccines to our customers around the world. Through digital listening and patient analytics, we are able to understand our customers’ needs and strive to provide solutions to meet them.

Our Oncology team is dedicated to delivering breakthrough innovations that extend and improve the lives of cancer patients worldwide. Our team of forward-thinking individuals achieve this through an unwavering commitment to support accessibility to medicine, providing new therapeutic solutions, and collaborating with governments and payers to ensure that people who need medicines have access to them. Our focus is on innovation and launch execution excellence; we translate breakthrough science into innovative medicines that help people with cancer across the globe.

We are currently recruiting for an Associate Director, who will lead our scientific efforts in the U.S. Oncology Marketing team for Head and Neck cancers. The position will be based in Upper Gwynedd, PA and will report to the Tumor Lead in US Oncology Marketing for head and neck cancers. This position will require outstanding leadership in many different areas, including strategic planning, scientific data analysis, counter-competition, cross-functional collaboration.

Key responsibilities include and are not limited to the following:

  • Provide input into marketing direction and strategic choices

  • Define brand priorities and establishing best practices for scientific education and advocacy

  • Manage external speaker bureaus and speaker training for head and neck cancers

  • Lead the development, evolution, and execution for the scientific competitive plans

  • Drive innovative ways to help disseminate brand messages as part of the scientific exchange

  • Provide marketing viewpoint as well as collaborating with Global Medical Affairs to create a network of external thought leaders and conduct Advisory Board meetings, Expert Input Forum meetings, and speaker training

  • Responsible for engagement of world-class scientific leaders in head and neck cancers

  • Drive the evaluation and interpretation of external data, publications and their impact on future treatment algorithms, as well as potential impact on guidelines and pathways.

  • Build an internal scientific network to discuss key scientific issues and share best practices

  • Collaborate with clinical research, medical affairs and other teams as required

  • Develop an annual budget for the segment and track expenses through the year

  • Work with Access teams to support their needs, including provision of models, analytical support, value dossier, etc.

  • Support the Tumor Lead to advocate for portfolio management and future clinical programs

  • Track and report Scientific Leader engagements

  • Develop and lead the medical education strategy for head and neck cancers

  • Lead planning for U.S. exhibits and conventions for head and neck cancers

  • Manage relationship with and deliverables from external scientific agency

  • Collaborate with other team members and stakeholders to prioritize work and facilitate internal resource trade-offs as needed (e.g. budget and medical/legal review time)

Education Requirement:

  • Required: Bachelor's Degree (BA/BS)

  • Preferred: Master's Degree (MBA/MS) or PhD or similar

Requirements: Experience/Skills/Travel:

  • Minimum of five years pharmaceutical experience in a marketing or scientific role

  • Strong skills in relationship building, including written and verbal communication

  • Strong skills in problem solving and analysis

  • Strong scientific acumen

  • Experience influencing without direct authority and working successfully with cross-functional teams

  • Experience developing and securing approval for promotional resources for healthcare providers

  • 30% travel including some weekends

Preferred Experience/Skills:

  • Oncology experience

  • Experience working in the head and neck cancer field

  • Core marketing experience including strategy development & competitive planning

  • Experience leading marketing scientific strategy

Our Human Health Division maintains a “patient first, profits later” ideology. The organization is comprised of sales, marketing, market access, digital analytics and commercial professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing our medicines to our customers worldwide.

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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