Global Director Medical Affairs, GI Cancers

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

Role Summary:

+ The Global Director Medical Affairs (GDMA) is responsible for driving execution of scientific & medical affairs plans for their assigned Therapy Areas (Gastro-intestinal cancers) in key countries and regions. They are impactful members of Product Development Team sub-teams and Global Human Health commercialization teams. They collaborate with Global Commercial, Center of Real-World Evidence (CORE), Policy and Market Access to address opportunities in key countries. They engage with their network of scientific leaders and decision makers. This is a headquarters-based position in Our Company Research Laboratories Global Medical and Scientific Affairs (Research Division GMSA).

Responsibilities and Primary Activities:

+ Drives execution of the GI annual scientific & medical plan with medical affairs colleagues from key countries and regions

+ Serves as an impactful member of Product Development Team sub-teams (Clinical, Value Evidence, Commercial, Publications and Label) and Global Human Health commercialization teams

+ Contributes to the development of a single global scientific communications platform for GI cancers

+ Consolidates actionable medical insights from countries and regions

+ Engages with a network of international scientific leaders and other key stakeholders (therapeutic guideline committees, payers, public groups, government officials, medical societies) about Our Company’s emerging science across GI cancers

+ Organizes global expert input events (advisory boards and expert input forums) to answer Our Company’s questions about how to develop and implement new medicines within the GI cancer landscape

+ Aligns plans and activities with Global Human Health (commercial) executive directors in the assigned GI tumors

+ Organizes global symposia and educational meetings at the relevant conferences

+ Supports key countries with the development of local data generation study concepts and protocols

+ Reviews Investigator-Initiated Study proposals from key countries prior to headquarters submission (ex-USA)

+ Manages programs (patient support, educational or risk management) to support appropriate and safe utilization of Our Company medicines or vaccines

+ Collaborates across Alliances in the assigned GI cancer indications

Required Qualifications , Skills & Experience:


+ M.D., Ph.D. or Pharm.D. (M.D. preferred) and recognized scientific expertise

+ Experience in country/region medical affairs or clinical development in GI cancers

+ Strong prioritization and decision-making skills

+ Ability to effectively collaborate with partners across divisions in a matrix environment

+ Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication skills (written and oral) in addition to results-oriented project management skills


+ At least 3 years regional medical affairs experience (e.g., Regional Director Medical Affairs) with proven track record of contribution to medical affairs strategies

+ Customer expertise, especially of scientific leadership and other key stakeholders (payers, public groups, government officials, medical professional organizations) in the assigned therapeutic area



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., 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.


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Job Posting: JC202403176

Posted On: Jan 20, 2022

Updated On: Jan 28, 2022