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Merck Associate Director, Clinical Scientist Program Lead - Oncology(NJ/PA) in North Wales, Pennsylvania

Job Description

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.

Our Clinical Sciences & Study Management (CSSM) is building the world’s best R&D team for new oncology medicines—and you can help make us even better.

Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Accountable for the oversight and direction of clinical program/protocol execution.

  • Guides and directs teams in key program planning and resourcing, development and execution elements (e.g. program level overviews, issue escalation/mitigations, presentations at Sr. Management meetings, program level cross functional meetings and governance, advisory meeting preparation).

  • May have overarching assignments and/or oversight of multiple clinical programs or disease areas or highly complex protocols.

  • Assists the Clinical Directors in scientific direction/investigator initiatives including preparation of publications, meeting presentations, due diligence activities, etc.

  • Provides input into strategic direction for program level and/or therapeutic aligned end-to-end activities (planning through post-approval). Ensures consistency across program elements.

  • Facilitates and partners with internal and external stakeholders in support of clinical program objectives.

  • Builds talent and capabilities of team members through proactive coaching, mentoring and development opportunities. Includes management of direct reports including assignment of resources, professional development and performance management.


  • Degree in the Life Sciences or significant experience in clinical development (>15 years)

  • Bachelor’s degree with 11+ years’; or MS with 8+ years’; or PhD with 2+ years’ relevant career experience

Experience and Skills Required:

  • Pharmaceutical and/or clinical drug development experience

  • Expertise in oncology-related science and/or cancer drug development

  • People management experience

  • Management of programs and/or multiple assets in development

  • Excellent oral (including presentation) and written communication, project management, and computer/database management skills

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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: R42190