Associate Director Human Resource Business Partner Job

South San Francisco, CA, US
August 24 2017
Organization Type
Associate Director Human Resource Business Partner-HUM005197


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.

Right now, thousands of Merck associates are working to cure the world’s most complex diseases. We know that our people are the key to our success, which is why our Human Resources organization takes pride in building teams of skilled, forward-thinking individuals who contribute to Merck’s pioneering medical advancements. Our Human Resources department shares a spirit of attentive enthusiasm that helps support our associates in achieving new milestones in global healthcare.

This HR Business Partner position in Merck Research Laboratories (MRL) will be an active, productive and influential member of a global HR team supporting broader Discovery Research at Merck and provide HR support for the expansion of our Discovery Strategy in South San Francisco, CA.

The HR, Associate Director will lead the HR initiatives, programs and operations in support of this expansion. This position will partner to drive all talent management strategies and programs including talent acquisition and development, rewards & recognition, employee engagement and retention, and organizational design.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

- Partner with Site Leadership to establish HR related programs that enable a strong collaborative culture of innovation, commitment and scientific exploration

- Partner with management & HR Colleagues on workforce planning strategies, hiring plans, recruitment & selection strategies and onboarding process

- Partner with Recruiting and Staffing to provide oversight on implementation of workforce hiring plan

- HR Business Partner support for the Biology Functions at the Site

- Coach managers on employee relations and culture matters

- Partner with CoE’s and administer local compensation & benefits programs

- Perform analytics on effectiveness

- Ensure compliance with all state & federal employment programs and practices

- Oversee HR Processes & Operations



- Bachelor’s degree

- Bachelor’s degree and at least ten (10) years’ experience as an HR Business Partner, in an HR COE or in HR Operations role - OR - Master’s degree and at least eight (8) years’ experience as an HR Business Partner, in an HR COE or in HR Operations role.

- Demonstrated HR functional competence in one or more HR disciplines

- Demonstrated ability to effectively influence, consult with and coach senior leaders and managers

- Ability to think strategically and still maintain an attention to detail

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, able to lead open and effective dialog and craft and deliver compelling messages internally

- Proven ability to demonstrate and foster collaboration among peers and extended HR organization

- Experience navigating and leverage HR systems to gather data to support client consultation

- Assertive, self-starter and independent quick-thinker

- Demonstrated experience in organizational development such as organizational design, change management

- Experience in the Healthcare or Health Services or related industry.

- Knowledge of local employment legal practices and policies

- Experience in start-up, innovative environment

- Established Network within the Bay Area Community

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: Human Resources Generic/Consultant Generic

Job Title:Assoc. Dir, HR Business Partner

Primary Location: NA-US-CA-South San Francisco

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Company Trade Name:Merck

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