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Merck Associate Director, US Payer Marketing in Topeka, Kansas

Job Description

Our Marketing team is passionate about bringing medicines and vaccines to customers around the world. Through digital listening and patient analytics, we are able to understand our customers' needs and strive to provide solutions to meet them.

The Associate Director, U.S. Payer Marketing, is responsible for developing a deep understanding of key managed care customer segments to create market access strategies and solutions for the assigned brands. The role will also be accountable for overseeing brand strategy and implementation with the Integrated Account Management Account Executives.

In this role, the Associate Director will be required to collaborate with multiple functions including stakeholders from Brand Marketing, Promotions, Outcomes Research, Global Market Access, and Integrated Account Management in support of managed care customer segment strategies.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Work closely with US Brand Marketing and Integrated Account Management (IAM) organization to support overall objective of achieving profitable market access and growing net income for respective brands

  • Develop payer customer segment strategy and promotional campaigns for all US payer customer segments (health plan, PBM, Medicaid, Medicare, federal, pharmacy, hospital and GPO)

  • Develop payer and health system value messages, pricing and contracting strategies

  • Work with Senior Specialist to develop and deploy resources to support managed care strategy

  • Support appropriate pull-through activities and payer related solutions for field sales

  • Support US Finance in development of segment level forecasts in support of brand forecast

  • Provide US payer input into Global Access Teams, new product planning, and business development teams

  • Work with US Outcomes research to inform outcome research plans in support of the payer value proposition

  • Position will be responsible for Payer Marketing of the inline and pipeline HIV portfolio within Hospital Specialty Business Unit.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • BA/BS

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of five (5) years healthcare industry experience (includes experience in a Healthcare customer facing, brand marketing, pharmaceutical strategy or healthcare consulting, Promotion Management, or Market Research roles)

Preferred Experience and Skills :

  • Experience in customer facing or marketing experience (e.g., sales management, customer management, account management or marketing).

  • Account Management/Contract Negotiation experience

  • Consulting/Stakeholder Management experience

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, problem solving, analytical critical thinking and planning skills

  • Excellent leadership and communication skills (written & verbal)

  • Demonstrated understanding of US healthcare trends and policy issues and their potential impact upon our company's business opportunities

  • Marketing or Promotional experience

  • Demonstrated experience in financial management (e.g., brand budget, profit plan, sales forecasts)

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 …

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 …

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 .

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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Requisition ID: R121793