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Merck Executive Director, Medical Affairs (EDMA) Field Medical-GI Oncology US Medical Affairs in Topeka, Kansas

Job Description

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.

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 Executive Director (ED) for Oncology Field Medical Affairs for GI in the US understands our Company's corporate and products/portfolio strategies and work cross-functionally with the Global Medical and Scientific Affairs Therapeutic Area teams to align on Global medical strategies relevant to their region as defined by the Global Scientific and Medical Affairs Research Team (SMART) and global SMART Plan. The ability to work effectively and successfully in a highly matrixed environment is critical.

  • The ED provides strategic and tactical direction to the field Regional Medical Scientific Director (RMSD) and/or Medical Science Liaison (MSL) team(s) and is accountable for ensuring field teams execute on Integrated Field Medical Plans (FMPs) and achieve field metrics for scientific exchange and research support.

Responsibilities and Primary Activities:

Leadership and Management:

  • Serves as a senior leader in the Country Medical Affairs field organization, broadly influencing medical activities and setting the direction for RMSDs/MSLs across the Therapeutic Area (TA) programs

  • Assesses and determines core vision, strategy, and objectives for field TA teams that are aligned with Global Medical and Scientific Affairs (GMSA) medical strategies

  • Co-chairs Regional Medical Affairs Team (RMAT) meeting

  • Provides collaborative support of Health Systems accounts by fostering collaboration with the Medical Affairs Health Systems teams and Center of Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE), as needed across programs

  • Collaborates with external alliance partners as per approved ways of working

  • Provides ongoing assessment of Team Leader (TL) competencies, supports implementation of individualized employee development priorities, completes performance evaluations based on observations, deliverables, and feedback from peers and customers

  • Collaborates with other EDs to ensure best-practice sharing among the different field teams

  • Provides guidance to the TL to ensure compliant field medical activities that support the safe, effective, and knowledgeable use of Company products

  • Supervises TL management of field medical teams to meet the following objectives:

  • Execute on regional- and territory-specific scientific exchange and research support FMPs

  • Engage in scientific exchange with scientific leaders and investigators to support our Company's scientific platforms and research programs

  • Support scientific and research exchange activities and meetings at scientific congresses

  • Maintain relationships with scientific leaders and investigators essential to insight collection and participation in our Company's clinical development program

  • Identify new and emerging science in areas important to our Company

  • Identify potential study sites and increase participation in studies of our Company's compounds by increasing investigator awareness of research opportunities supported by our Company

  • Support our Company's Investigator-Initiated Study Program (MISP) through field-based support of Areas of Interest (AOI) dissemination, Letter of Intent submission, data generation, and study publication

  • Support company-sponsored trial programs through site recommendations, site initiation visit support, scientific support, and data dissemination

  • Provides scientific consultation to our Company's Research & Development division to support scientifically informed and clinically educated decision making

  • Assures cooperation and alignment with Global initiatives

Strategic Planning and Project Management:

  • Partners with the TA on monthly RMAT meetings

  • Serves as a senior leader across medical governance teams (e.g., RMAT) to provide comprehensive field and external insights into TA Franchise Plans

  • Ensures that external insights are evaluated and integrated into scientific platform development to enhance SMART strategies and FMP

  • Incorporates Scientific Platform, including insights and voice of the investigator, into the execution of Field Medical strategies and tactics

  • Optimizes TA management team alignment, integration, and tactical implementation via coordination with the field medical leadership team, Headquarters (HQ) Medical Affairs teams, Global Clinical Development, and MISP teams

  • Assists Country Medical Affairs senior leadership with field medical strategic planning and resource management

  • Actively interfaces with Country Medical Affairs and TA Franchise leadership (e.g., RDMA, EDMA, Global Medical Affairs Capabilities) to ensure strategic alignment, proper resourcing, and flawless execution of FMPs by field teams

  • Ensures development and implementation of bi-annual field execution plans and monthly dashboards, working closely with various field medical roles for each TA team

Internal Collaboration and Alignment:

  • Works and collaborates with leadership within Country Field Medical, Research & Development Clinical Development, Global Center for Scientific Affairs (GCSA), and Global Human Health (GHH)

  • Coordinates and leads our Research & Development division's research and scientific field medical capabilities in alignment with Global Clinical Development (GCD) and Global Clinical Trial Operations (GCTO)

  • Coordinates with Global Scientific Affairs to ensure team support of MISP with therapeutically assigned areas

  • Coordinates strategy, planning, and execution of scientific congress responsibilities

  • Oversees the coordination of strategy, planning, and execution of Country Medical Affairs activities at Academic Medical Center meetings with GCTO and Research & Development's early sage, late stage, and translational clinical development teams

  • Fully complies with all company policies and applicable laws, regulations, and ethical standards

Budget Management:

  • Develops and effectively manages field team budget each year

  • Oversees and ensures appropriate approval of key travel decisions, congress participation, and program expenses, as applicable and appropriate

  • Oversees field medical affairs activities and ensures budgets are in alignment with priorities so that proposed vs. actual budgets are aligned

Education Requirement:

  • Doctoral degree (MD, PharmD, PhD) with demonstrated ability to effectively lead and coach scientific/medical colleagues at all skill and knowledge levels


  • Prior industry experience (≥ 7 years) preferably within Oncology programs

  • 5 years of front-line field medical leadership in the pharmaceutical and/or healthcare industry, with teams having responsibility for scientific exchange and research support, preferably in relevant Oncology

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation skills, strong personal integrity, teamwork and collaboration abilities, strong business and financial acumen, and customer focus

  • Ability to work in a heavily matrixed work environment, balancing the needs of multiple, cross-functional internal stakeholders

  • Ability to effectively engage senior management to implement field medical vision and oncology-aligned strategies

  • A demonstrated understanding of local regulatory agencies and other ethical guidelines, laws, and regulations relevant to the pharmaceutical industry and its customers to ensure compliance with all external and internal guidelines and standard operating procedures, specifically regarding field activities

  • Ability to network and partner with important external customers, including top scientific leaders and investigators for all types of contracted/sponsored research

  • Effective leadership skills (by example and through accomplishments) and ability to step forward to handle challenges within scope of authority

  • Demonstrated deep therapeutic competency in disease states aligned with oncology programs and ability to stay abreast of trends and new information in the oncology landscape

  • Strong working knowledge of healthcare delivery in country – acute care/hospital, payers, integrated delivery systems, care coordination, etc., relevant to the oncology landscape

  • Ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing, dynamic environment and to motivate a team to do the same


  • 3+ years of clinical or research experience with expertise in Oncology

  • Scientific/medical research and publication experience in the Oncology, including knowledge of national/international treatment guidelines, quality measures, and collaboration networks

  • Strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Veeva, and other systems used by field medical teams

  • Ability to interface effectively with a variety of technical platforms for the collection, review, and dissemination of scientific insights

  • Demonstrated learning agility and experience managing field teams in Oncology in the local market

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 .

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No relocation

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Remote Work


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Requisition ID: R129913