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US Oncology Medical Affairs Strategy Leader (MASL)


Upper Gwynedd, PA
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Job Title: US Oncology Medical Affairs Strategy Leader (MASL)  - MED002919

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.  Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.
Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you.  To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork.  As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

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

The US Medical Affairs Strategy Lead (MASL) for Oncology holds primary responsibility for the adaption of the Global Medical Affairs Plans for their assigned assets to the US market. The MASL co-chairs the US Medical Affairs Team to establish the medical strategy and help ensure execution of agreed medical tactics. In addition, the MASL contributes substantially to, and is a valued co-strategist on, cross-functional teams, specifically US Brand Teams and assigned Product Development subteams. The MASL contributes to the Clinical and Value Evidence Communication Platform for their assets and leads integrated data generation planning relevant to the US. The MASL demonstrates influence in the external scientific community via peer-to-peer engagement with top scientific leaders and executes Expert Input Forums to remain on the leading edge of therapeutic and patient care advances in Oncology. The MASL collaborates successfully and leads resolution of regulatory, reputational, ethical, and other asset management issues.

External activities:
  • Develop ongoing, professional relationships with key scientific leaders, professional societies, and organizations
  • Lead/participate in Merck scientific forums (e.g., Expert Input Forums, Advisory Boards)
Internal activities:
  • Infuses US perspective into development of the Oncology Global Medical Affairs Plan
  • Collaborates closely with International Medical Leaders on Global strategy development
  • Leads cross functional Regional Medical Affairs Team to develop the US Regional Oncology Medical Affairs Plan
  • Drives creation and facilitation of training materials for the Oncology Medical Affairs team through the appropriate review systems.  Serves as medical approver of these materials.
  • Provides Oncology training to assigned team

  • MD, PhD or PharmD is required
  • 4 years pharmaceutical (or related) industry experience in country with proven track record of contribution to medical, clinical or commercial strategies.
  • Strategic thinking, specifically related to the development of Medical Affairs Goals and Strategies that address asset value proposition, and clinical and value evidence.
  • Customer expertise especially scientific leadership and other key stakeholders (public groups, government officials, medical professional organizations) in therapy areas.
  • Proven ability to effectively collaborate on company decisions.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate information at management level, with public groups and to scientific leaders.
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication (written as well as oral) and results oriented project management skills.
  • Strong prioritization skills and ability to understand how decisions fit into the broader context of corporate strategies.
  • In a matrix environment, able to effectively collaborate across divisions.

  • Experience with Oncology Medical Affairs strategy development for Head and Neck Cancer, including Medical Affairs Plans.

Our employees are the key to our company’s success.  We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program.  Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.  If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at
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Job Medical Affairs Generic ONC

Primary Location NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Other Locations 

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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