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Global Director Medical Affairs - Thoracic Malignancies

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Global Director Medical Affairs - Thoracic Malignancies


Job Description

The Global Director Medical Affairs (GDMA) Thoracic Malignancies coordinates the development of the Global Medical Affairs Plans for their assigned asset(s). The GDMA contributes substantially to and is a valued co-strategist on the Global Franchise Team and assigned Product Development (Sub-) Teams. The GDMA contributes to Life Cycle Management decisions. In addition, the GDMA leads the Medical Affairs input into the integrated data generation plans spanning outcomes research, post-registration company-sponsored studies and areas of interest for the investigator-initiated study program. The GDMA chairs the Global Medical Affairs Teams of Regional Directors Medical Affairs and other medical functions, synthesizes their medical insights from the regions and maintains an updated summary of the execution of the Medical Affairs Plans. The GDMA builds trust with the external scientific community via peer-to-peer engagement with scientific leaders, research and educational collaborations and publications. The GDMA executes global advisory boards (with Scientific Affairs) and expert input forums to remain on the leading edge of therapeutic and patient care advances. The GDMA coordinates medical affairs activities to resolve regulatory, reputational, ethical, and other asset management issues.

Asset Management & Business Leadership

  • Consolidate actionable medical insights from all regions that help inform company decisions
  • Coordinate development of Medical Goals and Strategies that address asset value proposition, insights from affiliates and regions, and clinical and value evidence gaps.
  • Translate these Goals and Strategies into research, data analysis, scientific communication, educational, and other tactics and solutions that improve patient outcomes and enhance access, including digital solutions, patient and customer programs
  • Contribute substantively to and be a valued co-strategist on asset cross-functional meetings: Franchise Teams, Clinical, Value-Evidence, Risk Management, and Commercial Product Development Subteams, Publication Teams, Rapid Response Teams
  • Inform Life Cycle Management decisions leveraging patient and healthcare country insights
  • Support business development assessments by validating unmet medical needs, reviewing asset data (through a medical affairs lens), and recommending required medical affairs resources.
  • Support integrated data generation plans and co-develop clinical and outcomes research programs with cross-functional R&D and Observational Research colleagues that address life cycle management needs. Advise on areas of interest for the Investigator-Initiated Study Program.
  • Execute on and quickly adapt portfolio of tactics to life-cycle stage and business realities (i.e. prompt deployment of new information to the field medical staff, identify data analysis needs, and publication needs)
  • Lead medical affairs coordination in alliances that our company may have with other pharmaceutical companies

Scientific & technical Leadership

  • Communicates both scientific and business needs credibly and effectively across a variety of internal and external stakeholders at all levels, including external scientific leaders and key decision makers
  • Contributions at MISP and Sponsored Protocol Review Committees
  • Builds trust with the external scientific community via peer-to-peer interactions, research and educational collaborations, interactions with global scientific societies and health organizations, publications, or other
  • Develop and execute global advisory boards (with Scientific Affairs) and expert input forums to inform Life Cycle Management decisions
  • Develop and execute global symposia and educational meetings. Work with Regional Directors Medical Affairs for regional symposia and meetings.
  • Participate in and contribute significantly to professional organizations, academic or regulatory working teams
  • Asset Regulatory Management
  • Successfully collaborate and lead resolution of Regulatory, Reputational (i.e. Public Relations), Compliance and other Asset issues management
  • Substantive contributions to labeling committees. Ensure labels contain fair-balanced claims supported by data and supportive of asset value proposition requirements for most geographies


  • Leads Global Medical Affairs Team (GMAT) of Medical Affairs colleagues (including Regional Directors Medical Affairs and Medical Strategy Leads) assigned to asset(s).

Education Requirement:

  • MD, PhD, PharmD or Doc NP required; recognized expertise through 3+ yrs. clinical and/or research experience (incl. publications) in therapy area (clinical experience is desirable)

Education Requirement:

  • 3+ years pharmaceutical (or related) industry experience with proven track record of contribution to medical, clinical or commercial strategies is required
  • Strategic thinking, specifically related to the development of Medical Affairs Goals and Strategies that address asset value proposition, and clinical and value evidence
  • Experience in clinical development or outcomes research is desired
  • Customer expertise, having a scientific leader network, and successful interactions with key stakeholders (public groups, government officials, medical professional organizations) in therapy area.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate (written and oral) scientific and business information, both, to a variety of audiences including company management, scientific leaders and lay audiences.
  • Proven track record of translating strategies into tactics that are executed and completed.
  • Strong prioritization skills and ability to understand how decisions fit into the broader context of corporate strategy

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And 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.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID:R46574