Director, Health Systems Oncology

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

Our Oncology team is dedicated to delivering breakthrough innovations that extend and improve the lives of cancer patients worldwide. Our team of forward-thinking individuals achieve this through an unwavering commitment to support accessibility to medicine, providing new therapeutic solutions, and collaborating with governments and payers to ensure that people who need medicines have access to them. Our focus is on innovation and launch execution excellence; we translate breakthrough science into innovative medicines that help people with cancer across the globe.

Role Summary:

+ The Health Systems Oncology Medical Affairs Director (HSO MAD) is a therapeutic and disease expert who develops ongoing professional relationships with healthcare decision makers across key payer and provider organizations.

+ The HSO MAD provides accurate information across the full oncology product portfolio, clinical science, and quality management in a balanced and credible manner consistent with the regulatory environment and company’s ethical standards. This role also serves as a resource for the Medical Affairs (MA) management team on strategic planning and provides mentoring for other team members.

Responsibilities and Primary Activities:

+ Develops ongoing professional relationships with key decision makers in organized health systems to ensure access to medical and scientific information on the full oncology product portfolio and areas of therapeutic interest

+ Develops strategic account plans in partnership with the Integrated Account Management (IAM) Account Executive teams and executes medical activities in alignment with agreed plan

+ Serves as the primary resource for market dynamics within the territory to understand decision makers’ evolving information needs to feed into the ongoing value-proposition development process for oncology product and non-product offerings

+ Effectively communicates and coordinates with Regional Medical Scientific Director (RMSD) regarding medical and scientific support needs in key health systems accounts

+ Serves as a resource for the HSO MAD Team Lead, HSO Executive Director Medical Affairs, and other members of Country Medical Affairs on other relevant strategic planning

+ Attends and supports scientific and medical meetings and prepares post-meeting deliverables

Required Qualifications , Skills, & Experience:


+ MD, PhD, or PharmD

+ 3 years of dedicated experience in a field-based MA role working with regional and/or national payers, integrated delivery systems, or scientific leaders OR 5 years of clinical oncology experience working within a health system OR the equivalent

+ Experience with organized healthcare system(s) or payer organization(s), including ability to develop peer-to-peer relationships with key decision makers

+ Thorough knowledge of clinical medicine, healthcare delivery system structure and function, pharmacoeconomic, disease management, quality management, value-based payment, and healthcare delivery policy and trends

+ Excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to network, strong personal integrity, collaborative mindset, and a strong customer focus

+ Thorough understanding of ethical guidelines relevant to the pharmaceutical industry

+ Ability to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing environment

+ Demonstrable project leadership abilities


+ Field-based medical experience working with regional and/or national payers, integrated delivery systems, or scientific leaders

+ Formal training in health economics and/or outcomes research

Preferred Locations:

+ Southeast Territory, Major Hub Cities (Atlanta, Nashville, Louisville)

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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Job Posting: JC220541266

Posted On: Aug 06, 2022

Updated On: Aug 24, 2022