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Merck US Regional Director Medical Affairs (US RDMA) for Oncology Biomarkers & Diagnostics in North Wales, Pennsylvania

Job Description

The US Regional Director Medical Affairs (US RDMA) for Oncology Biomarkers & Diagnostics holds primary responsibility for the development and execution of regional Oncology Global Scientific and Medical Affairs strategies and plans for biomarkers across oncology indications. Reporting to the Global Executive Director, Pipeline & Precision Medicine (Biomarkers & Diagnostics) , this position will work closely with the Scientific & Medical affairs colleagues across the US to support and give direction to the country medical organizations for activities concerning biomarkers and diagnostics. The US RDMA will additionally provide biomarkers and diagnostics scientific and medical expertise to the regional Oncology Medical Leader and the regional Marketing colleagues for the Oncology franchise.

Responsibilities :

Develops in collaboration with the OGSMA Exec. Director, a set of Oncology Medical Affairs biomarker and diagnostic strategies for the respective indication requiring biomarkers at their region, which are aligned with and reflected in the Oncology Global Scientific & Medical Affairs Plan for biomarkers.

  • Develop and execute Regional Biomarkers and Diagnostics Medical Affairs plan

  • Develop and execute on respective biomarker activities for relevant indications in their own region in collaboration with regional medical affairs leader(s) for relevant oncology indication(s) in an integrated fashion

  • Ensure a flawless integration of biomarkers activities into the respective indications

  • Develop, update and give training both internally and externally in partnership with indication stakeholders

  • Help with planning and deliver debriefs of various activities around major oncology congresses

  • Manage internal cross functional stakeholders with updates on deliverables status

  • Track guidelines and regulatory landscape for Diagnostic testing

  • Scientific communication through contacts, meetings and presentations with/for key Scientific Leaders (multi-disciplinary team members) and stakeholders in accordance with applicable policy and guidance documents

  • Voice of authority and information on biomarkers and diagnostics in region

  • Develops agenda for regional Advisory Boards and chairs them if necessary

Primary Activities/Internal activities:

  • Development and execution of the Oncology Medical Affairs strategies for their region, aligned to and reflected in the Oncology Global Medical Affairs Plan

  • Provides guidance to country medical colleagues about country medical affairs activities relevant for oncology

  • Ensures alignment of country medical activities to oncology priorities

  • Support countries with development of biomarker-specific solution

  • Recommends new regional studies, global medical affairs activities and prioritized investments to OGMA Leadership

  • Develops and executes regional SL strategy aligned to Global Scientific Leadership Strategies

  • Provides medical/scientific support relevant for development of biomarker strategies to regional indication colleagues and marketing colleagues

  • Collaborates with Regional Medical Affairs Team (RMAT) on biomarkers, participates in review of relevant data generation and research proposal

  • Works with Global Training and Content Leaders to address regional medical education needs

  • Interact with internal stakeholders for needs assessment and planning; provide internal stakeholders with timely updates

  • Track guidelines and regulatory landscape for Diagnostic testing in your region

  • Serve on scientific committee for investigator-initiated studies and other data generation proposals, as relevant for your region

External activities:

  • Executes biomarker Scientific Leader event planning for their region and has credible, compliant and informed scientific dialogue with key SLs

  • Help with planning of various activities around major oncology congresse

  • Lead/participate in medical and scientific forums (e.g. ad boards and EIFs) that involve regional SLs

  • Ensure relationships with key regional professional societies and organizations

  • Participates in global activities to provide regional perspective

Education: Required:

  • MD, PhD or PharmD is required


  • Fluent English

Required Experience:

  • The ideal candidate should have pharmaceutical or related industry experience in country with proven track record of contribution to commercial, medical and/or clinical development strategies in country.

  • Experience with Oncology Biomarkers, Clinical Biomarker Development, Companion diagnostic development or Anatomic and Molecular Pathology

  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in cross-functional matrix teams within an international pharmaceutical, biotechnology, diagnostics company, or academic institution

  • Prior experience working within this region is strongly preferred

  • Experience and confidence in working with diverse teams and function

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with and influence stakeholders within and across divisions

  • Strategic thinking, specifically related to the development and execution of Medical Affairs goals and strategies

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English

  • Experience in interactions with scientific leadership and other key stakeholders (public groups, government officials, medical professional organizations) in oncology, as relevant and compliant in your region

  • Proven ability to effectively communicate information at management level, with public groups and to scientific leaders

  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication (written as well as oral), results oriented project management, facilitation and consultative skills to influence decision making

  • Strong prioritization skills and ability to understand how decisions fit into the broader context of corporate strategies in a matrix environment, able to effectively collaborate across divisions

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate with and influence stakeholders within and across divisions

  • Proven ability to collaborate with others and to resolve conflicts

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 …

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Requisition ID: R78578