Team Lead, Oncology Research Scientific Directors (North Central US):

Rahway New Jersey
Requisition ID: SCI004587

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 is on a quest for cures and is committed to being the world’s premier, most research-intensive biopharmaceutical company. Today, we’re doubling down on this goal. Merck Research Laboratories is a true scientific research facility of tomorrow, and will take Merck’s leading discovery capabilities and world-class small molecule and biologics R&D expertise to create breakthrough science that radically changes the way we approach serious diseases. 

The Oncology SD Team Leader will understand the corporate and portfolio/product strategy for Merck Oncology  products and is a scientific resource capable of conducting high level scientific and strategic interactions with external Scientific leaders as well as internal Merck leaders.  In addition, this person will be responsible for specific programmatic needs that leads the SD team  to achieve company, MRL, and individual performance objectives through direct supervisory functions. This leader will maintain current knowledge of the changing Oncology healthcare landscape and demonstrate a deep understanding of customer needs.  The Team Leader will collaborate across MRL to formulate plans that integrate with and support a cross-portfolio strategy.  

Primary Activities:

  • Provide leadership/supervision, set short and long-term strategic direction for the regionally based Oncology Scientific Directors (SDs) in alignment with SD, MRL, program, & organizational/portfolio goals.
  • Develop solutions to complex problems which require regular use of ingenuity and innovation.  Ensures solutions are consistent with organizational objectives.
  • Obtain key insights and scientific input in early through later stage life cycle management of Merck’s Oncology product portfolio.
  • Plan and execute regional team meetings, communicate medical and clinical information, MRL strategy and other relevant information to their field based team.
  • Participate in home office initiatives including research and strategy meetings as needed.
  • Responsible for ensuring the successful integration of new members into their assigned roles and responsibilities as well as continued mentorship of new and existing SDs.
  • Liaise with appropriate cross functional stakeholders to understand dynamics and implications for MRL scientific and research strategy.
  • Responsible for having insight into the national/regional/local clinical and health care reform trends impacting MRL
  • Participate and support the development of Oncology product and portfolio research strategy utilizing the regional team’s customer insights and therapeutic expertise.



  • An M.D., Ph.D. or Pharm.D. with significant prior experience in the biotech/pharmaceutical or healthcare environment.


  • A minimum of seven (7) years Oncology/Hematology Clinical/Research experience.
  • Knowledge of Oncology treatment guidelines, clinical research processes, FDA regulations, and OIG guidelines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to network and partner with important external customers, including Scientific Leaders, investigators, academic institutions, large group practices.
  • Demonstrable effective leadership skills (by example and through accomplishments), and ability to step forward to handle challenges within scope of authority.
  • Deep therapeutic competency; abreast of trends and new information in the therapeutic/translational science area.
  • Experience leading projects and interacting with cross-functional teams
  • Willing and able to travel up to 65% of the time.
  • Headquarters located in Rahway, position will work remotely.
  • Valid drivers license.


  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience as a direct manager of scientists/clinicians (preferably in field-based roles).
  • Clinical trial research experience.
  • The ideal candidate would be located in either Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Western Pennsylvania, Western New York, Wisconsin, Michigan or Missouri.

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. 


If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to


Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully: 

Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means.


For more information about personal rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, visit:


            EEOC Poster

            EEOC GINA Supplement 

Job: Scientific Affairs ONC
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 75 % of the Time
Number of Openings:
Shift (if applicable):
Hazardous Materials:
Company Trade Name: Merck
Basic Qualifications