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Merck US Scientific Director, Medical Affairs, Health Systems Oncology in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Description

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in customer facing commercial or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

Our Medical Affairs team advances patient care by engaging in scientific exchange with external medical experts and industry professionals ensuring the scientific value of our products is realized. We engage and train internal employees to ensure that they thoroughly comprehend the science behind the medicine and review further unmet medical needs to bolster collaboration and further differentiate our portfolio.

Role Summary

  • The US Scientific Director, Medical Affairs (SDMA) is responsible for regional Field Medical (FM) strategy, training, and prioritization of the Value Evidence and Medical Affairs Plan for USMA Health Systems Oncology (HSO). The SDMA for health systems is an impactful member of US Medical Affairs (USMA) functional teams, US Regional Medical Affairs Teams (RMAT), US Value Evidence Strategy Teams (VEST), and Field Leadership teams.

  • This role drives US HSO strategic field excellence and optimizes HSO Field Team readiness in support of clinical and pharmacoeconomic scientific exchange aligned to Global Medical Affairs priorities. This is a regionally based position (US) in our company’s Research and Development (R&D) division, USMA.

Responsibilities and Primary Activities

  • Responsible for the direction, coordination, implementation, control, and execution of HSO field strategy while remaining aligned to global medical and commercial strategy, commitments, and goals. Leads the US HSO integrated Field Medical (FM) plan process in collaboration with US HSO Executive Director (US HSO ED), US HSO Field Medical Alignment Director (FMAD), US HSO Team Leads, and Global Health Systems (GHS) content and training directors

  • Possesses relevant medical affairs and FM or clinical experience to guide and direct FM HSO strategy in alignment with organizational priorities and unmet needs

  • Collects, analyzes, and communicates scientific insights from US HSO Medical Affairs Director (MAD) field engagements to inform company strategies across our Research Division/Global and Medical Scientific Affairs (GMSA), Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE), and Commercial; contributes to listening priorities and updates them quarterly

  • Serves as US Health Systems Oncology interface between GMSA, Commercial, and other relevant headquarters (HQ) functions and the US HSO MAD field team

  • Identifies and prioritizes US HSO field resources, training needs, and activities across the oncology portfolio, in collaboration with the GHS directors, to optimize HSO MAD field team readiness

  • Collaborates with GMSA to define/implement strategic congress priorities for US HSO and coordinates planning of HSO MAD activities at key scientific congresses

  • Continuously scans the healthcare environment and quality landscape to analyze emerging trends in the oncology therapeutic and competitive landscape, in addition to market access to optimize US Field HSO Team capabilities

  • Represents USMA HSO, in partnership with GMSA, in Expert Input Forums or Advisory Boards, as needed

Required Qualifications , Skills, & Experience


  • Advanced healthcare/science degree (MD, PhD, or PharmD)

  • 5+ years of prior pharmaceutical industry experience, (preferably Field Medical experience or equivalent biotech/pharmaceutical/Medical Affairs strategy experience), within oncology

  • OR 5+ years of experience working in quality/managed care/cancer center settings, with demonstrated oncology scientific acumen

  • OR Board Certified Pharmacy Specialist (e.g., BCOP, BCPS) with 5+ years of clinical experience working within a cancer center OR equivalent

  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement a strategic roadmap

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking, and results-oriented project management skills

  • Thorough knowledge of clinical medicine, US healthcare delivery system structure and function, population health management, quality management, value-based payment, and healthcare delivery policy and trends

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work in a complex, matrixed environment (promoting inclusion, maintaining trust, and respecting others)

  • Ability to network and partner with important internal and external stakeholders, including cross functional teams, scientific leaders, and key decision makers

  • Knowledge of national and society treatment guidelines, clinical research processes, FDA regulations, and Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and other ethical guidelines, laws, and regulations relevant to the pharmaceutical industry and its external stakeholder environment


  • Prior experience leading complex projects with demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects and priorities simultaneously and function in a fast-paced environment

  • Formal training in pharmacoeconomics/outcomes research

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., 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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Requisition ID: R181635