Director, Product Line - Outcomes Research

Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA, US

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Requisition ID: OUT000608

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, CORE (Center for Observational & Real-world Evidence), the incumbent will have the primary responsibilities for developing the integrated evidence strategy, including HTA/reimbursement and overall Real World evidence strategies, for one or more in-line and/or developmental Merck drugs on a worldwide basis and for planning and implementing Outcomes Research and Real-World evidence programs to meet the value evidence needs of payers, health systems, and clinicians The role involves interactions with HTA agencies, HTA/reimbursement experts and MSD country affiliates to obtain in-depth understanding of country-specific HTA/reimbursement needs related to the product and all phases of outcomes research including design and implementation of retrospective database studies, assessment of patient reported outcomes, epidemiological studies and economic modeling. The position encompasses global responsibilities that are aligned with Customer Business Lines strategies and direct market responsibilities in the U.S. aligned with the U.S. Market strategy.  The incumbent will contribute to product development and marketing strategies to ensure that product value is defined and developed. The Director will also work closely with Product Development Teams, Franchise Teams, Regional Product Directors, MSD affiliates, Public Affairs, and Medical Education to ensure OR programs are consistent with marketing strategies in key countries.
This position will focus on Hospital & Specialty Care/ Primary Care. Specific roles include but are not limited to:
• Provide leadership in developing the OR strategies and plans for developmental compounds and obtains cross-divisional senior management approval
• Critically assess drivers and barriers to reimbursement and market access and identify value evidence needs to provide strategic input into clinical and market development programs.  Bring strong payer and HTA/reimbursement focus into the Product Development Team(s)
• Develop the integrate 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 Merck products
• Implement 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
• Develop value evidence deliverables (e.g., global value dossier, health economic evaluations) and their adaptation to generate country-specific data supporting pricing and reimbursement
• Work with the Merck Investigator Study Program Committee to evaluate outcomes research study protocols for studies in local markets
• Support MSD 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 MSD affiliates, adaptation of the document according to local requirements 
• 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
• Build relationships with health economic and outcomes research experts worldwide
• Present outcomes research data at international/national congresses and publishes articles in scientific journals


• Doctoral degree from a recognized school of medicine, public health, management, pharmacy, or economics - OR - Master’s Degree required from a recognized school of medicine, public health, management, pharmacy, or economics



• 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

• Strong leadership and strategic thinking skills

• A track record of scientific presentations and publications



• Good understanding of HTA/reimbursement and market access needs in key markets


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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