Medical Director, Pediatric Vaccines, Merck Vaccines:

Upper Gwynedd Pennsylvania
Requisition ID: MED003272

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 Global Human Health (GHH) Division abides by a “patient first, profits later” ideology. Results-driven and ambitious, this team of individuals represents a functional balance between meeting company objectives and the needs of people around the world. The organization is comprised of sales and marketing professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing Merck's prescription medicines, vaccines, and other medical products to our customers worldwide. 

With guidance from Global Vaccines & Medical Affairs (GVMA) leadership, and in coordination with the relevant Global Brand Leaders and US, Regional, and Global Market Leaders, this Medical Director for Merck Vaccines will be directly responsible for accomplishing the following:

  • Coordinate, plan, and provide medical and scientific support and guidance on appropriate vaccine-related activities and issues relating to pediatric vaccines (licensed and in development) to the relevant US, Regional, and Global Brand Directors and Marketing Directors;
  • Represent and serve as a primary liaison for Merck Vaccines with relevant pre-eminent professional, research and academic institutions and forums worldwide;
  • Work collaboratively within the pediatric vaccines team (and others, as appropriate) in strategic development and implementation of activities designed to optimize the utilization of vaccines, based upon a firm understanding of scientific, medical, and public-health considerations;
  • Contribute to the planning, development and implementation of programs to enhance the public's appreciation and perception of the value of vaccines and increase vaccine utilization.
  • Provide medical support to relevant Early Development Teams (EDTs), Product Development Teams (PDTs), and similar teams.

Primary activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Demonstrate and maintain complete and in-depth knowledge of the scientific and technical characteristics of Merck’s pediatric vaccines currently marketed and in development or planning.
  • In collaboration with the appropriate internal stakeholders, relevant Franchise Business Groups, Regional Medical Directors (RMDs), Regional Directors for Medical Affairs (RDMAs), US and Global Brand and Market Leaders (GBLs, MLs), Regional Market Leaders (RMLs), and country level MSD personnel, provide expert guidance and plan, organize, implement, monitor, and evaluate plans for medical/scientific support of Merck Vaccines initiatives.
  • Disseminate scientific data on our vaccines in order to improve vaccine utilization and recommendations (e.g., congresses, scientific sessions, medical education, and data publication/review).
  • Serve as liaison to vaccine-recommending bodies (e.g., ACIP, ATAGI, NACI) around the world in providing the latest scientific/medical data on our products and developing favorable vaccine recommendations.
  • Lead engagement activities with academic institutions, government, research laboratories, scientists and health care practitioners worldwide who conduct vaccine research, teach health professionals and practice in the fields of pediatrics, immunology, infectious disease, epidemiology and vaccinology, sharing new product specific data and developing advocates for immunization and Merck Vaccines.
  • Coordinate, support, and direct appropriate internal teams in establishing Advisory Boards and Expert Input Forums {ElF), including identifying Advisory Board and ElF members and chairing the meetings, as appropriate.
  • Provide medical/scientific guidance and support to enhance the ability of practitioners to communicate the value of vaccines to the public.
  • Serve as Merck Vaccines liaison and collaborator with Merck Research Laboratories, Global Medical Affairs, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Policy, other Merck departments, and/or our joint venture partners (Seqirus, MCM).
  • Support Medical Affairs in planning and implementation of seminars on vaccine research and initiatives and other relevant subjects for Merck Vaccines and other audiences.
  • Support other vaccine activities in GVMA as needed 


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • MD, DO, PhD, DrPH, PharmD

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Public Health orInfectious Diseases with vaccine experience
  • Experience interacting with policy making agencies suchas CDC, NVPO, USDHHS, and state or national governments
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in enabling interactionswith pre-eminent scientists and research institutions worldwide, while representingthe interests of various functional groups within Merck
  • Works well with others with diverse backgrounds and ableto adapt to different cultures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a collaborativeenvironment with internal and external colleagues
  • Collaborates with and imparts scientific information topersons from a broad cross-section of academic, research, and medicalprofessionals and business disciplines and functions, including an ability tounderstand and work with scientists around the world
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to alignmedical, research, public health, and commercial strategies
  • Exemplary communication skills
  • Good judgment
  • Effectively review scientific literature, preparepresentations, present and discuss scientific data in depth
  • Adapt to and function professionally in diverse culturesinternationally
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Up to 25%  travel(with overnight stays)

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience (e.g., clinical development,regulatory, epidemiology, and/or medical affairs)
  • Experience publishing scientific papers
  • Professional international experience

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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