Director, Global Scientific Training Vaccines

Date: Dec 5, 2018

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: MED003951

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.

The Global Scientific Training (GST) Director (Vaccines) is a core member of the Field Medical Center of Excellence (FM CoE) team that is accountable for the development, review/approval and deployment of scientific training and associated curricula for all Medical Affairs personnel globally.  The GST Director is accountable for four (4) core activities: 1) the development of Global Scientific Training plans to support  the Global Medical Affairs plans, which includes ensuring strategic collaboration with regions and countries to assess and incorporate training needs, 2) the creation of curricula and materials primarily derived from content created by the Global Scientific Content team,  3) management and oversight of the delivery of Global Scientific Training to Medical Affairs through collaboration with other functions within the CoE and countries and regions, and 4) the measurement and quality evaluation of scientific training.  All four (4) core activities have a global scope and impact.

A high degree of collaboration is required with the FM CoE Skills and Capabilities Director, the Global Medical Affairs Strategy teams, the FM CoE Core Skills & Capabilities Training, the Global Scientific Content Teams, and Regional Field Medical Leadership. The GST Director must possess subject matter expertise, project and vendor  management proficiency, strong communication skills, persuasive skills, and the ability to lead without direct authority over a continuum of stakeholders.  Knowledge of Merck systems (e.g.; Veeva Vault, Share Point) is required to manage training materials, approval processes, and training material life cycles.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • PharmD / PhD / MD and a minimum of 5 years of relevant medical affairs, clinical practice or learning and development experience OR
  • Master's Degree in Life Sciences and a minimum of 10 years of relevant medical affairs, clinical practice or learning and development experience OR
  • Bachelor's Degree in Life Sciences and a minimum of 15 years of relevant medical affairs, clinical practice or learning and development experience

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Therapeutic competency in vaccines
  • Must be able to work in a complex organization environment and have ability to effectively operate in a team-oriented global structure
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written as well as oral) skills
  • Proven ability to lead in a matrix environment, with good networking and cross-functional management skills
  • Experience in creating and implementing training programs
  • Understanding of adult learning principles
  • Demonstrated leadership in a team based environment
  • Demonstrated project management experience 

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Advanced Degree (MD, PharmD, PhD)
  • Relevant working experience in Medical Affairs in the pharmaceutical industry 
  • Experience managing projects globally
  • Vendor management experience
  • Field based medical experience
  • Knowledge of the publications process, scientific platform development understanding, experience in implementing of global medical communications processes, demonstrated ability to lead and implement transformation initiatives of large-scale
  • Prior experience working within multiple regional regulations and compliance requirements  
  • Scientific writing/verbal communications
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to translate strategy into action plans 

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: Medical Affairs Generic
Other Locations: Kenilworth, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: None
Company Trade Name: Merck

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