Associate Director, Outcomes Research - HIV

Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: OUT000609

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. 


Under the guidance of an Executive Director and Director, the incumbent has the primary responsibility for planning and managing outcomes research (OR) activities for in-line and developmental drugs on a worldwide basis. This includes all phases of outcomes research including design and implementation of retrospective database studies, assessment of patient reported outcomes, epidemiological studies and economic modeling. The incumbent works closely with Franchise Teams, Regional Product Directors, Country affiliates, Public Affairs, and clinical teams to ensure OR programs are in line with marketing strategies in key countries. The incumbent also contributes to product development and marketing strategies to ensure that product value is defined and developed.


• Critically assesses drivers and drivers to reimbursement and market access to provide input into clinical and market development programs.

• Implements programs to document the burden or unmet need, patient reported outcomes (PRO) components, and health economic aspects of disease and the value of drug therapy as outlined in the OR planning process and generates data on a worldwide basis to support pricing and reimbursement.

• Develops core deliverables (e.g., health economic evaluations) and their adaptation to generate country-specific data supporting pricing and reimbursement.

• Works closely with the Product Development Teams (PDTs) to develop OR plans for Merck in-line and developmental products based on the regulatory, marketing and reimbursement environments on a worldwide basis. Works with clinica teams, country affiliates and consultants to write, coordinate, and validate as required, study design, protocols, measurement questionnaires, case report forms, data analysis plans, and final reports/publications.

• Works with the Merck Investigator Study Program Committee to evaluate outcomes research study protocols for studies in local markets .

• Supports country affiliates to understand local needs, adapt health economic evaluations, customize OR documents such as protocols and reimbursement dossier, which includes the development of the worldwide template document, design of data collection forms for customization to countries, and in collaboration with MSD affiliates, adaptation of the document according to local requirements.

• Works closely with other Global Human Health departments (and Public Affairs to effectively develop/ communicate OR data and consistent messages throughout Merck and to external customers.

• Responsible for maintaining awareness of scientific developments within his/her areas of expertise, both in terms of new methodology and new activities to establish communications with key outcomes research opinion leaders.

• May travel on company business to ensure broad internal/external input into the OR planning process and to assure the timely completion of projects.

• Builds relationships with health economic and outcomes research experts worldwide.

• Presents outcomes research data at international/national congresses and publishes articles in scientific journals.


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Masters in Public Health, Health Economics or Epidemiology from a recognized University.

Required Experience and Skills**:

  • 3 years of pharmaceutical industry experience or real word data experience post terminal degree.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • 5 years of pharmaceutical industry experience or real word data experience post terminal degree. 
  • PhD in Public Health, Health Economics or Epidemiology from a recognized University.
  • Excellent leadership and strategic thinking skills.


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. 


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Job: Outcomes Research -Health Econ
Other Locations: Rahway, NJ, US; Kenilworth, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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