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Merck Associate Director, Regulatory Affairs Liaison - Vaccines and infectious Disease in Rahway, New Jersey

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Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law.

The Associate Principal Scientist Regulatory Affairs supports products in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease therapeutic area as part of a regulatory team. The individual will have excellent communication and collaboration skills and will work closely with a global regulatory liaison(s) to help develop and implement a global strategy for registration and/or maintenance of products. Responsibilities may encompass all aspects of planning and implementation of a global regulatory strategy and regulatory submissions including assisting in preparing submissions, protocol review, and conducting research on regulatory guidance's or competitive intelligence. The individual will have responsibility for driving results for his/her assigned projects through application of regulatory science and strong communication and analytical skills.

Activities (with coaching and managerial oversight) include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in Regulatory Agency communications and submissions, including marketing applications, investigational new drug (IND) applications, pediatric plans and annual or other periodic reports. The individual may also assist or take the lead in tracking, authoring, shepherding and/or review of responses to Agency requests.

  • Implementing strategy to develop Agency background packages and documents associated with regulatory submissions for marketing applications

  • Communicating with Agencies and attending Agency meetings as needed to assist the global regulatory liaison.

  • Participating as an active member on the global regulatory team. Individual will attend cross-functional meetings as required, in collaboration with, and to assist the global regulatory liaison.

  • Conducting research and review of guidelines, regulatory precedence and competitive intelligence to facilitate development of regulatory strategy. Assist the global regulatory liaison in authoring of regulatory strategy documents.

  • Collaborating and communicating regulatory strategy as needed to colleagues in Regulatory Operations, Clinical Safety, Labeling, Regulatory CMC as well as other functional areas (e.g. clinical research, pre-clinical safety assessment).

  • Support maintenance (e.g., quality compliance and life cycle management) of VID programs.

  • Support of global regulatory liaison in label development.

  • Assisting with process improvement initiatives.

  • Performing regulatory administrative activities as needed.


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • MD or Ph.D or other related doctoral degree in biological science, chemistry or related discipline.

  • Master’s Degree with at least 3 years of relevant experience in pharmaceutical industry.

  • Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 6 years of relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills (both oral and written).

  • Good organizational skills with a proven ability to simultaneously balance diverse activities for multiple projects

  • Flexibility required.

  • Strong scientific and analytical skills with attention to detail.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Prior regulatory experience interacting with a major regulatory agency is highly preferred. Experience in drug development, particularly anti-infectives and/or vaccine products is highly preferred.

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.


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Requisition ID: R138590