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Executive Director/Distinguished Scientist, Clinical Safety and Risk Management, Oncology

Rahway, NJ, USA | Merck

  • Industry:
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    3-5 years
Job Description:
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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 general direction of the CSRM TA Lead and Vice President, Chief Safety Officer, the Executive Director for Oncology will be responsible for overall clinical risk management and safety surveillance of assigned investigational products. Additionally, the incumbent will provide senior safety leadership for assigned marketed products across the Merck portfolio of products. The Executive Director will drive delivery of safety input to clinical development of oncology assets. This includes all aspects of safety data evaluation, including assessing safety from a variety of sources, e.g. clinical trials, literature, and post-approval use. 

Responsibilities for risk communication include ensuring completeness of safety information in company core safety documents. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading and driving safety strategy for the development of assigned products. He/She will collaborate with appropriate cross-functional Merck departments and the therapeutic area head to ensure efforts are aligned to meet global risk management strategies for the product portfolio. He/She will be responsible for leading all interactions regarding product safety issues with MRL governance committees and regulatory agencies. This senior role works closely with CSRM Leadership to implement the evolving direction for the risk management and safety function of the department, as well as helping to develop and align processes to support departmental objectives. He/She also will manage a team of safety physicians and have an oversight role for their products. 




Education Requirement:

Required: MD, DO, or equivalent

Preferred: Board Certification


Minimum 3 years clinical experience

Minimum 5 years experience in drug development, drug safety preferred.

Demonstrated organizational leadership skills, preferably in the employment areas noted above.

Excellent communication, writing and analytic skills


Industry experience in clinical development, drug safety or regulatory preferred

Experience managing people

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