Associate Director, Human Resources Business Partner

Boston, MA, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: HUM005225

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 will provide HR support for the Boston (Longwood) Merck Research Laboratories (MRL). The HR, Associate Director will lead the HR initiatives, programs and operations in support of this fully integrated Discovery Site. This position will be a key member of the Boston Leadership Team and be responsible for all HR Business Partner support for designated functions. Key areas of focus include partnering to drive talent management strategies and programs such as talent acquisition and development, rewards & recognition, employee engagement and retention.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Partner with Site Leadership to execute HR related programs that enable a strong collaborative culture of innovation, commitment and scientific exploration 
  • Partner with management & HR functional business partner 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
  • Coach managers on employee relations, culture matters and partner with Employee Relations COE 
  • Partner with CoE’s to ensure execution of compensation & benefits programs 
  • Perform analytics on effectiveness 
  • Ensure compliance with all state & federal employment programs and practices 
  • Oversee HR Processes & Operations



  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or related discipline
  • Required:
  • 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
  • Preferred:
  • Demonstrated experience in organizational development such as organizational design, change management 
  • Knowledge of local employment legal practices and policies 
  • Experience in start-up, innovative environment 
  • Established Network within the Boston/Cambridge 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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