Oncology Clinical Director (Late Stage Clinical Development)

Rahway, NJ
Aug 23, 2019
Required Education
Position Type
Full time

Our Clinical Research and Pharmacovigilance team push the boundaries of global healthcare through research and innovation. Through clinical trials and surveillance, we ensure the safety and efficacy of our existing and pipeline products to produce safe, effective, innovative medicine. 


Director (Principal Scientist) has primary responsibility for the planning and directing of clinical research activities involving new or marketed Oncology medicines. Our Oncology medicines span all phases of clinical development (pre-clinical to post-licensure).


The Director will manage the entire cycle of clinical development, including: study design, placement, monitoring, analysis, regulatory reporting, and publication. Specifically, the Director may be responsible for:

  • Evaluating pre-clinical and translational work for the purpose of generating early clinical development plan and Investigational New Drug applications;

  • Developing of clinical development strategies for investigational or marketed Oncology drugs;

  • Planning clinical trials (design, operational plans, settings) based on these clinical development strategies;

  • Monitoring and managing the conduct of ongoing or new clinical trials for investigational or marketed Oncology drugs;

  • Analyzing and summarizing the clinical findings from studies to support decisions regarding safety and efficacy as well as new drug applications, clinical study reports, or publication; and

  • Participation in internal and joint internal/external research project teams relevant to the development of new compounds, and the further study of marketed compounds.

In executing these duties, the Director may:

  • Supervise the activities of Clinical Scientists in the execution of clinical studies;

  • Work closely with a cross-functional group of experts in commercialization, regulatory affairs, statistics, and manufacturing to manage clinical development projects; and

  • Assist the Senior/Executive Director in ensuring that appropriate Corporate personnel are informed of the progress of studies of ours and competitors' drugs and internal and external expert opinion on scientific questions relevant to his/her areas of responsibility.


The Director is responsible for maintaining a strong scientific fund of knowledge by:

  • Maintaining awareness of scientific developments within his/her area of expertise, in terms of new scientific findings, research methodologies;

  • Identification of scientifically and operationally strong investigators who can assist in the development of our investigational and marketed drugs;

  • Establishing communications with prominent clinical investigators in his/her particular field of interest, particularly those who will be willing and able to assist in the evaluation of our drugs; and

  • Attend appropriate scientific meetings to maintain his or her competency and to maintain awareness of research activities in his/her area of responsibility.


M.D or M.D./Ph.D


Must have experience in industry or academia
Demonstrated record of scientific scholarship and achievement;
A proven track record in clinical medicine and background in biomedical research is essential
Strong interpersonal skills, as well as the ability to function in a team environment are essential.


Board Certified or Eligible in Oncology (and/or Hematology)
Prior specific experience in clinical research and prior publication is desirable but not necessary


We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And we believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.


Our Territory Representatives interact face to face with our customers, understand their needs and consult to offer the right solutions. We work collaboratively in Field Sales Teams and play a critical role in supporting our customer centric business model. 

The Sales Representative is a key member of the field sales team and plays a critical role in supporting our customer centric business model.  This position is responsible for working in their respective territory to understand and identify customer needs, by selling our Animal Health products, supporting pull-through activities relative to the customer strategy, and ensuring that Animal Health is viewed as bringing value and technical innovations aligned to our strategic focus the Science of Healthier Animals.   In addition, the Sales Representative demonstrates an understanding of the resources available across Animal Health and our Distribution Partners.

Key responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

• Communicates about product in a way that's meaningful and relevant to each individual customer; customizes discussions and interactions based on understanding of customer's needs

• Primary point of contact for assigned customers, meets with key personnel/decision makers to understand practice structure, business model, key influencers, customer needs and identifies business opportunities.

• Develop customer strategy - outlining strategy for interactions/relationship, solutions, partner involvement and potential offerings for customer resulting in sales opportunities and account sales growth of Animal Health products and services.

• Develop territory and specific account plans for all assigned customers.  Partners with National Account Managers, Corporate Account Team, and Distribution Field Partners to maintain strong focus on accounts to drive sales growth.  

• Work collaboratively across all species teams to foster our approach to enhance knowledge of the entire AH product portfolio.

• Shares with other team members within the region to foster growth and development within the team.

• Analyze sales results on a regular (monthly) basis and manage expenses within budget guidelines. 

• Identifies and selects programs/services available within Animal Health’s available resources to address customer needs and provide education & training opportunities to accounts.

• Works with leadership and Field Technical Services to develop and deliver relevant offerings that address desired customer needs.

• Develop current understanding of Animal Health products, industry trends and competitor landscape, business model, key influencers/ network structure and make information available to relevant stakeholders and to influence sales trends. 

• Articulates and communicates relevant customer, industry, product, and market trends appropriately through the organization.

• Responsible for developing and meeting learning and development objectives agreed upon with leadership.


Education Minimum Requirement: 

• Bachelor's Degree 


Required Experience and Skills**: 

• Familiarity with the Ruminant Industry

• Excellent interpersonal/communication and presentation skills 

• Ability to adapt to a changing environment

• Proficient computer skills including working knowledge of Word, Excel and PowerPoint and the ability to use an iPad.

• Ability to work independently and also as part of a team

• Ability to travel overnight and some weekend activity


Preferred Experience and Skills:

• Past Internships

• Animal Judging Teams, 4H,  FFA, etc.

• Honors programs, Catalyst programs, etc.

• Fluency in Spanish is preferred but not required.


We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And we believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID:CLI007003