Senior Specialist, Oncology Promotion (OPDP Binder Management):

Upper Gwynedd Pennsylvania
Requisition ID: MAR006712

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 Senior Specialist, Oncology Promotion position is responsible for managing the OPDP binder submission process for KEYTRUDA. 

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Managing the process, timelines, prioritization, tracking, and reporting of the OPDP binder submissions for Merck Oncology.
  • Interfacing with the Aquent binder submissions team.
  • Engaging and leveraging partnerships with OPAR, promotion team, editors, and agency partners to ensure binder submissions meet Merck Standards and OPDP requirements. Working collaboratively to continuously drive efficiencies, reduce reworks and cycle time in binder submission process. 
  • Defining and updating binder submissions SOP. Leveraging best practices, identifying process gaps, and implementing improvements and enhancements. Ensuring process consistency across all functions.  
  • Assisting in annual planning and budget management of binder submissions.
  • Training new promotion team job owners and agency partners on binder submissions process.

Additional responsibilities include, and are not limited to the following:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of the integrated marketing communications plans for KEYTRUDA.
  • Managing the creation, approval, and delivery of individual programs and tactics, across all relevant channels (personal, remote, digital), to accomplish communication objectives and drive business results for KEYTRUDA.
  • Collaborating across promotion team, marketing, market research, legal, medical, OPAR, and marketing operations during the review, approval and production steps of the promotional process. Maintaining alignment to Merck compliance goals and policies.
  • Driving measurement and improvement of promotional effectiveness across the integrated marketing communications plans.
  • Managing the creative agency relationship.
  • Managing the respective promotional budget and expenses within Merck guidelines.  


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • Required: Bachelor's Degree 
  • Preferred: Masters in Business Administration 

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • A minimum of 2 years experience in marketing, marketing communications, or marketing support of pharmaceutical products. 
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills and attention to details.
  • Experience and success in cross-functional leadership and teamwork.
  • Previous agency/vendor management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to execute a brand or customer marketing strategy.
  • Strong knowledge of marketing principles.
  • Astute business, decision, and analytical skills with the ability to synthesize complex data into a recommendation or path forward.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in OPDP binder submissions.
  • Experience supporting the Oncology business.
  • Experience in the Merck end-to-end medical/legal (PRT) review and delivery process.
  • Knowledge of Merck commercial, regulatory, and legal compliance policies.
  • ZINC 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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