Health Systems Oncology, Medical Affairs Director (PA, MD, D.C., NJ):

Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Requisition ID: MED003296

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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

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 Health Systems Oncology Medical Affairs Director (HSO-MAD) is a therapeutic and disease expert who develops on-going professional relationships with healthcare decision makers within defined managed markets organizations, integrated delivery systems, and progressive physician groups.  The HSO-MAD provides accurate information across the oncology product portfolio, clinical science, and quality management in a balanced and credible manner consistent with the regulatory environment and Merck’s ethical standards.  Serves as a resource for the USMA management team on strategic planning and provides mentoring for other team members. 

Primary Activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Develops ongoing professional relationships with key decision makers in organized oncology health systems to ensure access to  medical and scientific information on the full Merck oncology portfolio and areas of therapeutic interest. 
  • Partners with the Managed Markets & Policy and Account Executive teams to develop strategic account plans; execute medical activities in alignment with agreed plan.
  • Effectively communicates and coordinates with oncology Medical Science Liaisons regarding medical and scientific support needs in key affiliated regional managed health care accounts and NCI designated cancer centers.  
  • Serves as a resource for the Executive Director Medical Affairs and other members of managed markets organization on other relevant strategic planning.  
  • Serves as a technical resource on questions raised by national accounts management and staff on Merck Oncology products. 
  • Attends and supports scientific and medical meetings. Prepares planned post-meeting deliverables.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • MD, PharmD, or PhD 

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Minimum of (5) years of oncology experience within an NCI-designated (or equivalent) integrated cancer center
  • An understanding of oncology pathways within integrated delivery systems

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Completion of an oncology residency
  • Board certified in oncology
  • Demonstrated experience with institutional pathway or formulary committees
  • Experience in organized healthcare systems allowing the ability to develop peer-to-peer relationships with key decision makers in oncology.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, ability to network, strong personal integrity, collaborative mindset, and a strong customer focus are necessary. 
  • Must be able to organize, prioritize, and work effectively in a constantly changing environment, and have demonstrated project leadership abilities.
  • Must possess an understanding of the FDA, OIG, HIPPA and other ethical guidelines relevant to the pharmaceutical industry  

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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