Associate Director, Global Scientific Content

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law

Role Summary
  • The Associate Director, Global Scientific Content (AD, GSC), is a mid-level, headquarters-based role within Global Medical and Scientific Affairs (GMSA), and reports directly into the Director Team Lead, Therapeutic Area, GSC.
  • The AD, GSC core functions are global in scope and impact, and include 1) actively engaging with key stakeholders in creating and adapting the GMSA Scientific and Medical Affairs Research Team (SMART) Plans & Scientific Platform, which provides the framework for GSC Annual Product and Disease State Plans, 2) developing and adapting Annual GSC plans for one or more products and disease states aligned with the GMSA Annual SMART Plans, and 3) engaging key stakeholders and incorporating Medical Insights into GSC Annual Product Plans, leading the development, review, approval, and communication of individual GSC content within GMSA.

Responsibilities and Primary Activities

Scientific Platform and Development of Global SMART and Annual GSC Plans (20%)
  • Shapes and informs the creation and adaptation of the SMART Plans & Scientific Platform
  • Creates, adapts, and prioritizes Annual GSC Product Plan(s) aligned with SMART Plan/Scientific Platform and informed through insights and feedback from key internal stakeholders' cross-functionally and worldwide
  • Executes GSC Plans that include medical information letters, FAQs, disease- and product-related slide decks, global congress medical booth materials, and digital/web-based medical content

Global Scientific Content Development (60%)
  • Authors the development of GSC content that aligns to Annual GSC plan(s) and SMART Plans/Scientific Platform
  • Reviews GSC materials to ensure they are relevant, scientifically accurate, and consistent with cited appropriate scientific literature, internal scientific information, and Company values and standards
  • Ensures appropriate stakeholders are engaged in the development, review, and approval of GSC materials
  • Communicates to key stakeholders (e.g., Medical Information, Global Director of Medical Affairs (GDMA)/ Regional Director of Medical Affairs (RDMA) of GSC-approved content

Medical Education and Training (10%)
  • In alignment and coordination with Learning and Development (L&D) and Global Medical Affairs Capabilities (GMAC) Global Scientific Training (GST) team/Field Medical organization, provides training to internal stakeholders on key GSC-developed disease and product content

Leadership and Mentoring (10%)
  • Leads product-related projects/initiatives that directly impact the franchise/product strategy and objectives to meet external customer needs. Drives the solution of complex problems through identification of innovative solutions; is a go-to person within the core GSC team for colleagues across stakeholder departments. Helps GSC P3 staff develop within their functional roles and mentors students/fellows new to role.

Additional Key Leadership Responsibilities
  • Has a deep understanding of own therapeutic area, including product knowledge, disease state management, emerging therapies, and the competitive landscape
  • Participates in departmental initiatives that impact GSC process improvements and foster innovation and cross-functional collaborations
  • Acts as a mentor to new-hire P3 GSC staff, students, and fellows, helps them onboard and train in the product/disease areas as well as in the core functions of the GSCs

Cross-Functional Collaboration
  • Partners with key stakeholders (e.g., Global Medical Affairs Capabilities (GMAC), Scientific Affairs, Publications, Medical Directors, Medical Science Liaisons (MSL), Compliance, Product Development Team (PDT), CORE-Value Evidence Sub Team (CORE-VEST)) across the globe to ensure assets are available and aligned with plans for publications, clinical trial development, labeling, and CORE, etc. and they meet the needs of external customers and internal stakeholders

Required Qualifications, Skills, & Experience

Minimum Education
  • MD/PharmD/PhD + minimum 3 years of relevant medical affairs (e.g., medical communications, medical information, medical liaison, publications) experience
  • MSN, BS degree in Pharmacy, MS degree in Life Sciences + minimum 5 years medical-affairs-related experience
  • BS degree in Nursing, or Life Sciences + minimum 7 years medical-affairs-related experience
  • Knowledge of specified therapeutic area
  • Relevant working experience in medical affairs in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Exhibited leadership via initiatives, mentoring, process improvements, innovation
  • Multi-tasking and problem-solving skills (solution-driven)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written as well as oral) skills
  • Organizational and prioritization skills

  • Advanced degree (MD, PharmD, PhD)
  • Experience with the development of Global or Regional Medical/Scientific Affairs Plans
  • Ability to develop or deliver scientific content for purpose of scientific exchange with external customers
  • Ability to negotiate with cross-functional teams
  • Prior experience working across geographies with different regulation/compliance requirements
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to translate strategy into action plans
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a complex organization environment and able to effectively operate in a team-oriented structure and alone

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


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