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Scientific Affairs Strategy & Training Lead, Oncology

Requisition ID: SCI004710

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world's premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we're doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck's leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases.

The Scientific Affairs Strategy and Training Leads (SASTL) play a critical in the alignment and interface between the MRL clinical development and field-medical teams. This core function within Oncology Global Medical Affairs (OGMA) is to support the achievement of scientific and medical strategies by providing strategy-based training and resources to the Research Scientific Directors (RSDs) and Medical Science Liaisons (MSLs). The SASTL work closely to establish and maintain a close working relationships with OGMA leadership, Global Directors of Medical Affairs (GMA), Late and Early Stage Product Development Teams (PDTs), Publication Teams, Scientific Affairs counterparts and other cross functional partners. SASTLs collaborate with the PDTs in terms of development of strategy-based field resources and project management in order to provide field medical with approved materials for medical and/or scientific training and for use with MRL customers (external scientific experts and Investigators involved in Merck sponsored research) to support PDT and GMA Scientific Leader initiatives. The SASTLs will participate in the development of the scientific strategy for their assigned therapeutic area by providing current insights from investigators through the RSD field interactions to GMA, GMI and the PDT.

Additionally, the SASTL will guide field medical teams to align product-specific research studies to the scientific strategy areas of interest (AOI). The SASTL will work across OGMA to address research questions/challenges ensure stakeholder communication and advance Merck research studies [Merck-Investigator Study Program (MISP), company-sponsored trials, and others]. The SASTL is accountable for the coordination of on-boarding of new field medical members and will collaborate with the Regional Team Leaders (RTLs) to design individualized orientation programs. Based on ongoing needs assessment, the SASTL will develop, implement, and update the field based training programs on an annual basis. The position will works closely with OGMA management, PDT teams, publication teams, Global Directors of Scientific Affairs (GDSA), Publication Teams and MRL Learning and Development to identify and prioritize training and resource needs that align with the set priorities of the organization. Through collaboration with OGMA and GCSA, the SASTL will ensure transparency regarding plans and provide cross-functional advocacy to align all research activities with the entire therapeutic area strategy.

This position will report to the AVP, US Oncology Global Medical Affairs.

Roles and Responsibilities of Strategy and Training Lead

Activities include:

• Collaborate with the PDTs and GCSA leadership in the development of strategy-based field resources to supply the RSDs with approved materials for medical and/or scientific training and for use with MRL customers to help support PDT and GCSA Scientific Leader initiatives.

• Collect and communicate investigator research insights and intelligence on the evolving clinical landscape, competition and other developments from RSD team to help inform company research and development strategies.

• Actively participate in GDSA led strategic planning processes

• Maintain relationships with key internal stakeholders to drive efficiencies in research definition and execution and resolve challenges as they arise

• Support data generation activities as needed/requested including the provision of Merck areas of research interest and MISP process to potential investigators and review of proposals.

• Provide scientific insight into Publication Development Process (PDP)

• Create annual Scientific Affairs Research Strategy document that summarizes relevant strategic insights to facilitate RSD scientific training discussions to enhance RSD understand of data and strategic implications.

• Participate in scientific leader discussions, in coordination with the RSD or GDSA, when requested or when research issues/opportunities arise requiring additional insight

• Ensure highly focused impactful execution of strategic research priorities at scientific congresses. Identifies priority Merck data for internal debriefs and field resources and provides resources to support dissemination of priority MRL data. Prioritizes congress competitive data abstracts for MRL Debriefs and Scientific Summary (in support of GDSA deliverable). Synthesizes MISP data and strategic implications for core communication documents

• Collaborates with GDSAs on MRL Executive Summary, Scientific Statements, and competitive data assessment

• Partner with Learning and Development to ensure RSD curriculum, training plans and materials support ongoing development needs and training of RSDs.

• Provide RSDs with resources by creating/adapting materials or tools that support the effective delivery of PDT-directed scientific statements/data to MRL sponsored study sites.

• Engage Legal on the appropriate use of PDT-recommended materials for RSD support of MRL-sponsored study sites.

• Research and work with the RSD leadership team to select outside consultants and subject matter experts (SMEs) to conduct training on specific topics as needed.

• Engage directly and independently in high level communications in writing, on the phone and face to face with internal stakeholders

• Represent the RSD organization at MRL cross functional meetings

• Represent the RSD organization in partnership with the GDSA in the creation of the Scientific Leadership Strategy (SLS) confirming input from SIEs and external interactions

• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the assigned disease and therapeutic area(s) through education efforts, including attendance at relevant conferences, scientific workshops and review of key journals.

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


Education Minimum Requirement:

• Advanced degree (MD, Ph.D, or PharmD, or equivalent) with significant prior experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical or healthcare environment

Required Experience and Skills**:

• Minimum of 3 years Oncology Therapeutic Area experience

• Minimum of 3 years Medical Science Liaison (MSL)/RSD Experience

• Demonstrable effective leadership skills (by example and through accomplishments), and the ability to step forward to handle challenges within scope of authority.

• Experience creating and executing RSD/MSL training platforms

• Demonstrated ability to interpret and execute strategy

• Knowledge of national and society treatment guidelines, clinical research processes, FDA regulations, and OIG guidelines

• Ability to network and partner with important external customers, including Scientific Leaders, investigators, and academic institutions

• Experience and success in cross-functional leadership and teamwork

• Strong communication and influencing skills

• Deep therapeutic competency; stays abreast of trends and new information in the therapeutic/translational science area

Preferred Experience and Skills:

• Research experience in therapeutic area

• University level teaching experience

• Medical Affairs experience/knowledge

• Project management proficiency

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.

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Scientific Affairs Strategy & Training Lead, Oncology

Upper Gwynedd Township, PA
Full Time

Published on 01/25/2019