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Merck Associate Director, US Pharma Payer Marketing, New Products in Topeka, Kansas

Job Description

Our marketing teams are passionate about bringing our medicines and vaccines to the world. Through digital listening and patient analytics, we are able to understand our customers’ needs and strive to provide solutions to meet them.

The Associate Director, US Pharma Payer Marketing, New Products, is responsible for developing market access strategies and solutions for the assigned brands. The individual will collaborate across functions including Brand Marketing, Integrated Account Management, Outcomes Research and Policy to incorporate market/customer insights in the development of payer customer segment strategies and value evidence planning. In this role, the Associate Director will also collaborate with Global Market Access and Pricing teams in the development of pricing and contracting strategies.

The role will be responsible for Payer Marketing for our product, an investigational oral inhibitor, and may support other projects within the US Pharma Business Unit aligned with business priorities. This role will report to the Director, US Pharma Payer Marketing, New Products.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Leverage market and customer insights to shape market access strategies.

  • Provide US payer input into Global Access Teams, new product planning, and business development initiatives.

  • Active participation in the development of value evidence strategies; strong coordination with Outcomes Research / V&I (Value & Implementation Team)

  • Develop payer and health system value messages, pricing and contracting strategies.

  • Develop payer customer segment strategy and promotional campaigns for all US payer customer segments (health plan, PBM, Medicaid, Medicare, federal, pharmacy, hospital and GPO)

  • Support US Finance in development of segment level forecasts in support of brand forecast

  • Develop payer related solutions for field sales and account management teams.

  • Work with Senior Specialist to develop and deploy resources to support managed care strategy.


  • Required: BA/BS Degree

  • Preferred: MBA, MPH, Pharm D or other advanced degree

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years combined market access, marketing/sales leadership, account management, or consulting in the healthcare industry.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the mechanics and economics of the healthcare Ecosystem, including influences across various payer segments.

  • Demonstrated understanding of US healthcare trends and policy issues and their potential impact upon our company's business opportunities.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute brand and customer marketing strategies to include innovative approaches and digital engagement.

  • Strong knowledge of marketing principles and activating market research insights.

  • Ability to translate market trends and customer needs into customer resources or tactics.

  • Ability to learn quickly and to assess a variety of scenarios, strategically and operationally.

  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, problem solving, analytical critical thinking.

  • Excellent leadership and communication skills

  • Demonstrated success in establishing, developing and maintaining business relationships.

  • Strong collaboration, project management and organizational skills; ability to prioritize activities and manage multiple tasks within deadlines.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience developing market access and pricing / contracting strategies for pipeline products.

  • Product launch or launch planning.

  • Consulting/Stakeholder Management experience in cross-functional capacity.

  • Previous experience in Chronic Care therapeutic areas.


Preferred location is hybrid in Upper Gwynedd, PA, but may consider remote option if candidate is willing to travel to HQ as needed.


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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Requisition ID: R258685