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Director, Medical Affairs - Neuroscience & Vaccines Job - Canada  

MSD (company)

Posted on : 15 May 2017

Project Description

Director, Medical Affairs - Neuroscience & Vaccines-MED002862


Today’s Merck is a
global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription
medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new
kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier
future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill,
diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to
create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of
our team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and
dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

The Director, Medical
Affairs, Neuroscience & Vaccines is primarily responsible for setting the
overall Medical Affairs strategic direction and managing the Neuroscience and
Vaccines Medical Affairs Teams.
Initially leading a group of MSLs and the Medical Advisor for Vaccines,
and working in concert with his/her commercial counterparts, the Director,
Medical Affairs will provide expert strategic input in support of the
objectives of the Neuroscience and Vaccines TA.

The Director, Medical
Affairs holds the overall responsibility for the strategic development, execution,
and delivery of tactical objectives of Medical Affairs Plans for the Neuroscience
and Vaccines Therapeutic Areas, in alignment with the overall strategic
objectives for the Franchises in Canada.
This will include tactical deliverables such as post-licensure studies,
publication plans, and other knowledge transfer activities. The Director, Medical Affairs will work
within a Canadian framework in alignment with the direction provided by the
Global Team and the Regional Director, Medical Affairs EUCAN, identifying areas
of strategic interest within the Canadian scope, and address those with a
tactically-focused Medical Affairs Plan.

The Director, Medical
Affairs 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.

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


leadership: Overall responsibility for the Neuroscience and Vaccines Medical
Affairs Plans (MAP)

- Understanding
of country Medical Affairs strategy and tactics, competitors, and Neuroscience and
Vaccines Franchise priorities. Direct
Medical Affairs activities in support of clinical research efforts, strategic
local regulatory approach (registration and labeling needs) and reimbursement

- Support
the Neuroscience and Vaccines teams in determining medical and scientific gaps,
CSL needs: voice of the customers, medical guidelines, medical practice, CSL
expertise, individuals CSL needs.

- Overall
responsibility for the development, prioritization, and delivery of strategic
and tactical plans that addresses identified gaps.

- Financial
accountability for the overall TA Budget, projects' milestone completion and
forecasting. Responsible for generation and reporting on the required
performance metrics periodically for the respective TA. Responsible for the
implementation and evaluation of TA effectiveness.

with Global Medical Affairs

- Within
the defined Areas of Interest, is responsible for establishing the strategic
needs assessment at the Canadian level in response to regulatory, reimbursement
and market conditions. Interacts with
Regional Directors of Medical Affairs (RDMA, GMD, GDSA) advocating for support
of Canadian initiatives at the Regional/Global level.

with Global Clinical Trials Organization (GCTO) and MRL Organization

- Works
in close collaboration with GCTO Canada counterpart in support of country
portfolio of MRL studies and to continue to attract clinical development
studies to Canada.

- Works
in concert with GCTO Canada in support of MRL-Phase II-III trials, Local
Clinical Evaluations, and Investigator-initiated studies.

with Commercial & Access colleagues / Franchise Support

- Maintains
a close strategic relationship with Neuroscience and Vaccines commercial
colleagues to ensure smooth collaboration and open communication between the
teams and successful management of existing products and launches of new

- Participates
as a member of the brands cross-functional teams, providing scientific
expertise at meetings organized by Marketing, Market Access and Sales, to
ensure scientific credibility and to maintain high ethical standards for
marketing promotional programs.

- Works
with commercial counterparts in the organization of Merck local scientific and
educational meetings, ensuring the highest scientific level. Supports the participation of team members in
agenda development, proper selection of speakers and development of scientific


- M.D.,
Ph.D. or PharmD. Degree, with 7-10 years
of Industry experience in Clinical Development and/or Medical Affairs,
preferably in Neuroscience and/or Vaccines.
- Experience: 3-5 years of people management experience in
Clinical Development and/or Medical Affairs is required.
- Experienced
Medical Pharmaceutical Leader, with extensive knowledge of the
pharmaceutical industry.
- Keen
understanding of strategic clinical development and principles of study design.
- Strong people management and team
leadership skills, as well as listening and coaching skills.
- Advanced negotiation, presentation and
facilitation skills. Excellent written and verbal
communication skills.
- Strong
planning and tracking skills, well-organized, focused on results, capable of
managing multiple projects with respect to priorities and self-management.
- 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 both within and outside Merck Canada and the EUCAN
Region, including internal and external stakeholders.
- Strong ethics and integrity. Solid knowledge of GCP principles and of the
Innovative Medicines Canada Code of Ethical Practices.
- Position
based in Head Office, Kirkland, QC (relocation assistance is possible)
- Language:
Bilingual (English and French) preferred

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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Job: Medical Affairs Generic

Job Title:Dir, Medical Affairs

Primary Location: NA-CA-QC-Montreal (Kirkland)

Employee Status: Regular

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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