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Associate Director, Medical Affairs, Neuroscience Kirkland Canada,  

Merck (company)

Posted on : 18 April 2019

Project Description


The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its 125-year legacy. With a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products, 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. MRL 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.


Right now, we are in the process of assembling our dream team—a group of scientifically diverse individuals inspired to invent in an environment of relentless curiosity and spirited collaboration. The best of the best. Is this you? 

Associate Director, Medical Affairs, Neuroscience

Location: Montreal, Quebec (Head Office) 

Reporting to the Director, Medical Affairs, the Associate Director, Medical Affairs, Neuroscience is primarily responsible for the scientific knowledge management and strategic medical/scientific advice in assigned Therapeutic Area(s) (TA(s)).  Leading a group of MSLs, and working in concert with his/her Commercial and Market Access counterparts, the Associate Director will provide expert strategic input and execute on key tactics in support of the objectives of the assigned TA(s).


The Associate Director holds the responsibility for the strategic development, execution, and delivery of assigned tactical objectives of the Medical Affairs Plan, in alignment with the overall strategic objectives for the TA(s) in Canada.  This will include deliverables such as post-licensure studies, publication plans, and other knowledge transfer activities.  The Associate Director will support the Director, Medical Affairs and will work within a Canadian framework in alignment with the direction provided by the respective Global Teams and the Regional Director, Medical Affairs EUCAN, identifying areas of strategic interest within the Canadian scope, and addressing those with a tactically-focused Medical Affairs Plan for each Therapeutic Area under his/her responsibility.  


The Associate Director has a customer-focused approach, developing professional relationships with scientific leaders in Canada and supporting efforts in key strategic areas.  These interactions may also extend to regulatory bodies, payers groups and key advocacy groups, as needed/assigned by the Director, Medical Affairs.


Internally, the Associate Director will participate in key strategic teams to provide expert medical/scientific advice and technical perspective to the Business Development and Portfolio Management functions.  The incumbent will share medical/scientific expertise with counterparts in other functional areas such as Regulatory Affairs, R&D, Quality Assurance, Legal and Marketing in Canada, and throughout the EUCAN Region as requested.  The position will also maintain responsibility for support towards new approvals and regulatory reporting as required.


Core Responsibilities:

  • Scientific leadership: Responsibility for the Medical Affairs Plan (MAP).  Leading a team of MSLs (Medical Scientific Liaisons), identifies medical and scientific gaps, and strategically prioritizes tactics to fulfill Clinical Scientific Leader (CSL) needs; voice of the customers, medical guidelines, medical practice, CSL expertise, individuals CSL needs. Responsible for the development, prioritization and delivery of strategic and tactical plans that addresses identified gaps.
  • Work in collaboration with EUCAN Medical Affairs teams and Regional Director of Medical Affairs to advocate for support of Canadian initiatives at the regional/global level.
  • Interactions with Global Clinical Trials Organization (GCTO) and MRL (Merck Research Laboratories) Organization in support of MRL-Phase II-III trials, Local Clinical Evaluations and Investigator-Initiated Studies and to continue to attract clinical development studies to Canada.
  • Support to the Business Unit and Market Access Group to ensure successful launches of new products.  Participate as a member of the brands cross-functional teams, providing scientific expertise at meetings and ensuring scientific credibility and high ethical standards throughout all activities.


  • Education: M.D., Ph.D. or PharmD degree
  • Experience:  Successful candidate must have had experience in more than one therapeutic area, with 2-5 years of Industry experience in Clinical Development and/or Medical Affairs.  Previous people management experience a strong asset.  Preference to candidates with previous experience as an MSL.
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and the drug development process.
  • Must possess a keen understanding of strategic clinical development and principles of study design.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Advanced presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Preference to candidates with demonstrated people management and team leadership skills, as well as listening and coaching skills.
  • Strong ethics and integrity.  Solid knowledge of GCP principles and of the Canadian Rx&D Code.
  • Ability to work in high performance teams, and in a matrix organization.  Excellent team player; must excel at teamwork in cross-functional groups.  Must be able to interact successfully with a variety of individuals at the local, regional and global level, which include local clinical investigators, contract research organizations (CROs), payer administrators, regulatory officials and individuals of various patient advocacy organizations with a particular interest in our products and clinical trial outcomes.
  • Bilingualism (French and English) a strong asset.  

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.


Our employees are the key to our company's success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Merck's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. Merck is an equal opportunity employer, proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
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