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Merck Regional Director of Medical Affairs (RDMA) GI US in Kenilworth, New Jersey

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Role Summary:

  • The Regional Director Medical Affairs (RDMA) is responsible for driving execution of scientific & medical affairs plans for their assigned Therapy Areas (TA) in the countries of their assigned region. They are impactful members of regional cross-functional teams, including regional Commercial, Center of Real-World Evidence (CORE), Policy and Market Access. They engage with their network of scientific leaders in their region. This is a regionally based position (i.e. residing in one of the affiliates of the region or regional hub) in our company's Research Laboratories Global Medical and Scientific Affairs (Research Division GMSA).

Responsibilities and Primary Activities:

  • Guides country our Research Division GMSA staff to execute the annual scientific & medical plan for their assigned TA

  • Chairs the Regional Medical Affairs Team to ensure execution of agreed medical tactics and leverage best practices

  • Ensures scientific exchange is aligned with the global scientific communications platform

  • Partners with regional Commercial, regional Center of Real-World Evidence (CORE), regional Policy and regional Market Access to drive development and execution of region plans

  • Consolidates actionable medical insights from countries in their region

  • Engages with a network of scientific leaders and other key stakeholders (therapeutic guideline committees, payers, public groups, government officials, medical societies) from their region

  • Supports, as regional TA expert, affiliates staff in engagement with their national scientific leaders

  • Organizes regional expert input events to answer our company's questions regarding how to implement new indications: advisory boards and expert input forums

  • Organizes regional symposia and educational meetings

  • Supports countries with the development of local data generation study concepts and protocols

  • Reviews investigator-initiated study proposals prior to headquarters submission (ex-USA)

  • Manages regional programs (patient support, educational or risk management) to support appropriate and safe utilization of our company's medicines

Required Qualifications , Skills & Experience


  • MD, PhD or PharmD (MD preferred) and recognized medical expertise in the therapy area

  • Five+ years’ experience in country / region Medical Affairs

  • Strong prioritization and decision-making skills

  • Able to effectively collaborate with partners across divisions in a matrix environment

  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication (written as well as oral) skills, in addition to results-oriented project management skills


  • Scientific leadership and other key stakeholders (payers, public groups, government officials, medical professional organizations) in the assigned therapeutic area

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 .

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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Requisition ID: R117907