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Merck Associate Director, US Oncology Precision Medicine in North Wales, Pennsylvania

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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 ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork.

As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

Our Company is a world leader in providing medicines to treat and prevent diseases around the world. Our vision is to make a difference in the lives of people globally through our innovative medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, consumer care and animal health products. We aspire to be the best healthcare company in the world and are dedicated to providing leading innovations and solutions for tomorrow.

We are currently recruiting for an Associate Director, Precision Medicine Scientific Strategy Lead for US Oncology.

This individual will be responsible for building scientific engagement and education to support diagnostic testing across multiple tumors identifying appropriate patients in the US market. This position will require strong leadership skills and ability to collaborate across the organization, particularly within the broader US and global marketing teams. This candidate will need to have strong business acumen and a demonstrated ability to operate in a highly complex environment due to the scientific and technical elements associated with the companion diagnostic market. An understanding of the companion diagnostic, oncology market is a plus.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead development and implementation of the biomarker and diagnostic scientific strategy to support current and future indications

  • Build strong relationships with external biomarker and diagnostic scientific leaders, stakeholders, and partners

  • Develop and align biomarker and diagnostic medical education to support all indications and changing competitive landscape

  • Develop and implement the biomarker and diagnostic congress management strategy for key pathology and oncology conferences across the full company oncology portfolio

  • Biomarker and Diagnostic advisory board development and management

  • Partner closely across all tumor teams supporting biomarker and diagnostics scientific engagements and question across indications

  • Serve as biomarker lead on select tumor specific brand teams providing insights and diagnostic strategic initiatives to aid the tumor brand team promotional plans and scientific engagements


  • Required: BA/BS

  • Preferred: MS/PhD/MBA/PharmD

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of (5) years Pharmaceutical or Diagnostics business experience

  • Strong relationship building, problem solving, teamwork, analytical, and written/verbal communication skills

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

  • Promotion/communications experience and bringing materials through legal, regulatory, and compliance review

  • Requires approximately 30% travel, including some weekends

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Companion diagnostics experience including pathology or other key diagnostic relationships

  • Product/Indication Launch experience

  • Oncology marketing experience

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 …

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: R39036