Executive Director, Executive Recruiting & Sourcing

Kenilworth, NJ, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: REC000275

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. 



  • Oversees the global executive recruiting function focused on roles for Vice President level and above
  • Drives executive search and sourcing strategy globally
  • Develops strong partnership with Human Resources Business Partners at the Human Resource Leadership Team level as well as Talent Management to understand succession issues and proactively develops candidate pipeline and talent mapping accordingly with the ability to speak to external market insights
  • Creates an executive selection process that provides an exceptional candidate and hiring manager experience that ensures a high degree of candidate engagement along the way
  • Develops strong relationships with Merck executives, creating confidence in the executive recruiting function to the extent that it is seen as the “go-to” organization for candidate and market insights and trusts their view on when to use search and who should be utilized
  • Conducts external searches utilizing direct sourcing capabilities
  • Develops key partnerships with a limited number of external search partners utilizing them strategically when necessary, but also ensuring global guidelines are in place for contracts
  • Drives on-going sourcing strategies and pro-actively connects with external talent to glean external market data and competitive intelligence while building future pipeline
  • Acts as partner and advisor to senior Talent Acquisition Advisor’s globally handling Director and Executive Director positions to help them create sourcing strategies and ensure a positive candidate experience
  • Partners closely with executive compensation to develop an in-depth understanding of the compensation programs and ensures effective communication to executive level candidates regarding unique compensation attraction tools (i.e. pension, executive LTI)
  • Creates, implements and measures KPIs – demonstrating ROI of the function
  • Manages Sourcing team – which provides support to US Talent Acquisition Center Of Excellence as well as the Executive Recruiting function


Education Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • Minimum of 15 years of work experience; minimum of 5 years focused on executive search (both in-house and external search experience) 
  • Strong business acumen
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to influence, consult and collaborate at all levels of the organization
  • Understanding of metrics and analytics
  • External labor market and best practice knowledge
  • Strategic thinking

  • 2 years leading an executive search function at a Fortune 100 company +

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. 


If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.


Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully: 

Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means.


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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Job: Recruitment Generic
Other Locations: West Point, PA, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
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