US Associate Director Payer & Access Strategy, Medical Affairs, Oncology (Remote)

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

Role Summary

+ The US Associate Director Payer & Access Strategy Lead, Medical Affairs (US AD PASL) role supports the Global Medical and Scientific Affairs (GMSA) strategic priority “Invest in the growth, success and well-being of our people” and prioritizes providing US Heath Systems/Healthcare Landscape experience, especially to ex-US GMSA employees.

+ The US AD PASL is responsible for regional Field Medical (FM) strategy, training, and prioritization of the Value & Implementation (V&I) plan for USMA Health Systems Oncology (HSO). The US AD PASL for health systems is an impactful member of US Medical Affairs (USMA) functional teams, US Regional Medical Affairs Teams (RMAT), US Value Teams (VT), and Field Leadership teams.

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

Responsibilities and Primary Activities

+ Partners with US Health Systems Oncology executive leadership team to identify key areas of synergy to develop and deliver strategic communications in alignment with strategic priorities, objectives and business needs

+ Responsible for the direction, coordination, implementation, control, and execution of HSO strategy while remaining aligned to global medical and commercial strategy, commitments, and goals. Leads the US HSO integrated Field Medical (FM) plan process in collaboration with US HSO Executive Director (US HSO ED), US HSO Field Medical Alignment Director (FMAD), US HSO Team Leads, and Global Scientific Content – Health Systems (GSC-HS) content and training directors

+ Possesses relevant medical affairs and FM or clinical experience to guide and direct FM HSO strategy in alignment with organizational priorities and unmet needs

+ Collects, analyzes, and communicates scientific insights from US HSO Medical Affairs Director (MAD) field engagements to inform company strategies across our Research & Development Division /GMSA, Outcomes Research (OR), and Commercial; develops listening priorities and updates them quarterly.

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

+ Identifies and prioritizes US HSO field resources, training needs, and activities, in collaboration with the GSC-HS directors, to optimize HSO MAD field team readiness

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

Required Qualifications , Skills, & Experience


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

+ Minimum of 2+ years of prior pharmaceutical industry experience, (preferably Field Medical experience or equivalent biotech/pharmaceutical/Medical Affairs strategy experience) OR equivalent

+ Demonstrated ability to create and implement a strategic roadmap

+ Excellent interpersonal, communication, networking, and results-oriented project management skills

+ Thorough knowledge of clinical medicine and medical affairs

+ 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


+ Prior experience 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


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Job Posting: JC260103158

Posted On: May 19, 2024

Updated On: Jun 10, 2024

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