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Merck US Scientific Director, Medical Affairs (Remote) in Des Moines, Iowa

Job Description

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.

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded US Scientific Director, Medical Affairs that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

Summary, Focus and Purpose

The US Scientific Director, Medical Affairs (SDMA) is responsible for regional Field Medical (FM) strategy, training, and prioritization of the Value Evidence And Medical (VEAM) plan for USMA Health Systems (HS). 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.

The US SDMA drives US HS strategic excellence and optimizes HS Field Team readiness in support of clinical and pharmacoeconomic scientific exchange aligned to Global VEAM plan priorities. This is a regionally based position (US) in our company’s Research and Development (R&D) division.

Key Functions

  • Work Independently and as a Team member with Integrity | Precision | Accomplishment | Motivational Ambition | Respect | Inclusion

  • Direction, coordination, implementation, control, and execution of HS strategy while remaining aligned to global medical and commercial strategy, commitments, and goals. Leads the US HS integrated Field Medical (FM) plan process in collaboration with US HS Executive Director (US HS ED), US HS Field Medical Alignment Director (FMAD), US HS 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 HS strategy in alignment with organizational priorities and unmet needs

  • Collects, analyzes, and communicates scientific insights from US HS 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; develops listening priorities and updates them quarterly

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

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

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

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

  • Represents USMA HS, in partnership with GMSA, in Expert Input Forums or Advisory Boards


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

Experience | Skills | Knowledge


  • Five plus years pharmaceutical industry experience, (preferably Field Medical experience or equivalent biotech/pharmaceutical/Medical Affairs strategy experience) OR five plus years working in quality/managed care, with demonstrated scientific acumen or equivalent

  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement a strategic roadmap

  • Principled interpersonal, verbal and written communications, networking, and results-oriented project management skills

  • Thorough knowledge of clinical medicine, US healthcare delivery system structure and function, pharmaco-economics, 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


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

  • Formal training in pharmaco-economics/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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$175,440.00 - $276,200.00

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Requisition ID: R222794