Director, Outcomes Research Vaccines

Date: Nov 30, 2018

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: OUT000601

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 Associate Vice President, Center of Outcomes and Real-World Research (CORE), the incumbent has the primary responsibilities for developing an integrated evidence strategy to study the global value of vaccination, as well as methodologies to support the economic evaluation of novel vaccines.  Research will be developed to support prioritization of preventative measures and the financing of immunization using an evidence-based approach.  The incumbent will partner with HTA and public health experts, internal medical and policy colleagues, and local country affiliates to obtain in-depth understanding of the vaccination ecosystem, evaluation process, and research needs in order to study and articulate the public health and economic value of vaccination.  The incumbent will also contribute to product development strategies to ensure that broad considerations of product value are defined and developed that align with the anticipated impacts of our organization’s vaccine pipeline. The Director also works closely with Product Development Teams, Franchise Teams, Regional Product Directors, country affiliates, Public Affairs, and Medical Education to ensure OR programs are consistent with evidence needs in key countries. 

The job duties include the following:

  • Represents CORE to medical affairs, policy, and market access cross-functional teams, and provide leadership in developing the evidence generation strategies and plans for vaccines.  Obtains cross-divisional senior management approval for research plans. 
  • Critically assesses drivers and barriers to reimbursement and market access and identifies value evidence needs to provide strategic input into clinical and market development programs.  Brings strong payer and HTA/reimbursement focus into the Product Development Team(s).
  • Develops the integrated evidence strategy including HTA/OR strategy and generate evidences for HTA/ reimbursement purposes.
  • Develop and evaluate health programs leveraging different parts of health care systems that can enhance value and use of our organization’s products.
  • Implements programs to document the burden and cost of diseases, unmet medical need, patient reported outcomes (PRO) 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 value evidence deliverables to support policy efforts to improve vaccine financing, coverage, and confidence.
  • Works with our research division's colleagues, our manufacturing division's 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; as related to scope of work.
  • Works with our organization’s Investigator Study Program Committee to evaluate outcomes research study protocols for studies in local markets.
  • Supports our organization's country affiliates to understand local needs, adapt health economic evaluations, customize Outcomes Research documents such as protocols and reimbursement dossier, which includes the development of the worldwide template document including global value dossier and input forms, design of data collection forms for customization to countries, and in collaboration with our organization's affiliates, adaptation of the document according to local requirements.  
  • Works closely with other departments to effectively develop/ communicate Outcomes Research findings/value evidence and support data and consistent messages throughout our organization 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.
  • Leverages other groups within CORE to develop and execute OR plans, including Market Partners, Data Sciences and Insights, and Pharmacoepidemiology.
  • 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: 

Doctoral degree (PhD, DrPH, PharmD, ScD) or MSc/MPH, from a recognized school of medicine, public health, management, pharmacy, or economics, in health services research, epidemiology, public health or significant work experience in health services research, epidemiology, public health, or health economics strongly desired

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • 5+ years post PhD or 7+ years post Master’s degree of relevant experience in the areas of health economics, outcomes research, market access, HTA or related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the design and implementation of clinical, epidemiological, or health economic studies
  • Demonstrated expertise in the fields of outcomes research, health services research, epidemiology or health economics, and/or health technology assessment 
  • A track record of scientific presentations and publications.
  • Strong leadership and strategic thinking skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in application of outcomes research and economic modeling methods for vaccines

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, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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