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Senior Health Economist Job

Date: Nov 9, 2017

Location: Hoddesdon, ENG, GB

Company: MSD

Requisition ID: OUT000455

MSD 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 MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

The Market Access division acts as both educators and advocates for the products, processes, and practices that help MSD revolutionize medicine across the globe. Our tenacious, assertive group of individuals uses a deep understanding of the healthcare market in order to build collaborative relationships with the business leaders, customers, and legislative powers that help cultivate positive uptake of and education about MSD’s products throughout the world.

Due to members of the team moving on within the company to new opportunities we have a vacancy for a senior health economist within our oncology team. The role will be office based and there will be close working with both the HTA&OR team, the cross-functional brand team, and the Global support team. The HTA & OR Team is responsible for gaining National Access and supporting local and regional access for our medicines:
Nationally, primarily by managing all submissions made to UK HTA Agencies (NICE, SMC, and AWMSG), as well as supporting the Irish business, the team develops submissions which apprise the agencies about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of new and existing MSD medicines enabling decisions to be made around NHS resource allocation. The recommendations that these agencies make are pivotal as to whether our drugs are able to be prescribed by physicians for those patients who would benefit from them. The team is made up of people who are either HTA & OR (health economists) or HTA & EBM (clinical data analysis/synthesis) by background.
The Team also plays a pivotal role in supporting marketing access strategies below the national level through the development of appropriate tools and resources.

Position overview:
The Senior HTA & OR Manager is responsible for:
  • Leading on the development/writing the economic components of selected HTA submissions to a high quality and in a timely manner in collaboration with other team members.
  • Development of economic models for HTA submissions.
  • Engaging with customers and external stakeholders on a regular basis to enable the HTA & OR team to better understand the environment our customers operate within.
  • Developing and delivering tools and messages for the brand teams to support marketing and regional/local access strategy. 
  • Assisting in the development of technical expertise within the Group/Company.
  • Mentoring junior members of the growing oncology team.

The Health Technology Assessment and Outcomes Research (HTA&OR) Group is responsible for managing all submissions made to UK HTA Agencies (NICE, SMC and AWMSG) for MSD products. The team produces submissions which inform the agencies about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of new MSD medicines enabling decisions to be made around NHS resource allocation. The recommendations that these agencies make are pivotal as to whether our drugs are able to be prescribed by physicians for those patients who would benefit from them. The team is made up of people who are either HTA&OR (health economists) or HTA&EBM (clinical data analysis/synthesis) by background.

The key responsibilities of the role are:
  • Developing in conjunction with HTA&EBM Manager the submission strategy of HTAs for assigned products.
  • Responsibility for accuracy, quality and timeliness of designated components of selected HTA submissions.
  • Ensuring alignment of submission strategy and content with local and global expectations/needs. 
  • Identifying and resolving problems/issues related to prospective HTA submissions (e.g. modelling issues).
  • Working within a cross-functional matrix (medical, marketing, market access, external affairs) to optimise HTA submissions and associated stakeholder management.
  • Supervising contracted (internal or external) model development for HTA submissions &/or brand support.
  • Liaising with relevant regional/global groups to exploit supranational resources and provide input.
  • Providing Country input into development of clinical (including trial design) and outcomes research plans for new products.
  • Working closely with franchise managers, regional sales managers and medical affairs personnel to ensure alignment within MSD. 
  • Providing technical input into relevant sections of a Clinical Guideline response, whether produced by an HTA agency or otherwise.
  • Mentoring of junior members of the team
  • Engaging with Industry groups and other external stakeholders where appropriate to contribute to the direction of travel for access and reimbursement
Product Positioning
  • For assigned brands (including those in development), identifying critical outcomes and research needs in order to optimise market access. 
  • Helping influence guidelines to create favourable position of MSD products.
  • Contributing to evaluation, development and implementation of pricing strategies for assigned MSD products.
  • Assisting in development of national, regional and local market access strategies to optimise access for designated brands.
Responsible for delivering high quality project planning and for jointly ensuring that HTA submissions are developed in a timely manner.

Decision Making
Demonstrates skills to ensure quality submissions and successful project management.

Problem Solving
Identifies problems and appropriate solutions to complex issues and non-standard issues.

Liaises with various internal stakeholders to access information to produce models/submissions.


  • MSc in Health Economics or related discipline. (For non-UK applicants an equivalent qualification will be considered.)
  • A broad understanding of the NHS
  • Experience working on HTA submission
Education and Skills Required
  • Post graduate degree (MSc or PhD) in Health Economics or allied field
Minimum Experience Required
12 months outcomes research / health economics experience

Skills/Knowledge desired/required
  • Experience in delivering on HTA submissions to NICE, SMC, AWMSG.
  • Project management 
  • Excellent technical health economic skills (modelling), particularly in Microsoft Excel
Your role at MSD 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 MSD, we’re inventing for life.

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