Oncology Scientific Leadership & Research Manager

Job Description

If this position will be based in the US or Puerto Rico (not applicable to positions based outside of US or Puerto Rico): 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, subject to applicable law

Role Summary
  • The Oncology Scientific Leadership Research Manager is a core function within Global Medical and Scientific Affairs (GMSA) to advance human health through support of investigator-initiated studies, scientific congresses, and the Scientific Medical and Research Teams (SMART). The SLRM ensures that the oversight of these activities is achieved to globally impact the scientific strategy for the Oncology therapeutic area. Optimal oversight of the operations of the Oncology Company Investigator Studies Program (ISP) is pivotal to ensuring that the research submitted to Our Company by investigators is compliantly and efficiently managed.
  • The SLRM is a project manager for the ISP, our our Research & Development Division Congress support, and SMART for the Oncology therapeutic area. These key functions contribute to the development and refinement of our Oncology Scientific and Medical Affairs Strategic Plan for Our Company Research Laboratories. The SLRM problem solves and makes empowered decisions that affect a wide range of cross-divisional stakeholders and influences decisions that impact the SMART teams.

Responsibilities and Primary Activities

Investigator Studies Program
  • Co-leads with the Oncology ISP Chair (Global Director of Scientific Affairs) and supports the Oncology ISP committee with the review, decision, and operational management of research proposals

Scientific Medical and Research Team
  • Co-leads the SMART team with the Oncology Global Director of Scientific Affairs (GDSA) and is responsible for the development and updates to the Oncology Scientific Affairs SMART Plan
  • Acts as the planning manager with the GDSA for all the Oncology congress meeting activities

Congress Support
  • Supports logistical and strategic planning of our Research & Development Division activities at scientific congresses, such as daily debriefs and scientific leader engagements

Required Qualifications, Skills, & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree plus 6 years of pharmaceutical or healthcare-related experience in internal or external scientific research operations OR
  • Master's degree plus 3 years of pharmaceutical or healthcare-related experience in internal or external scientific research operations
  • Leadership, resilience, and collaborative skills
  • Ability to coordinate across divisions
  • Ability to lead without direct authority over a continuum of stakeholders
  • Research database proficiency
  • Exceptional project management skills
  • Executive level meeting management experience

  • Sigma or project management certification

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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Requisition ID:R144440