Associate Director, Global Communications, Animal Health (DeSoto, Kansas)

DeSoto, KS, US
May 15 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: EXT000352

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. 

Merck's Animal Health (MAH) Division works to improve the health of animals around the world through collaborative partnerships and a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and planet. This team of energetic independent thinkers offers one of the industry's most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species both domestically and internationally.

This  position functions as a member of the Merck Animal Health Communications team, reporting directly to the North America Communications Director. As a core member of the Communications team, this position will be primarily responsible for all communications related to the Livestock business. This position will have responsibility for creating and implementing effective product communications across Swine, Poultry, and Cattle species to support the business goals and provide public relations advice on a range of communications and business issues.  Serving as an advisor to the Livestock team leadership, the position will work closely with the marketing groups to develop comprehensive public relations programs. This is an individual contributor role that works closely with the marketing teams across the Livestock business. Key responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Manages the planning, preparation, clearance, and dissemination of news releases and other written and electronic communications material on Livestock activities and products.
Directs media relations activities to generate positive and/or balanced coverage in print and electronic news on Livestock products, people and services to support business goals and anticipates and manages potential issues in the media. Develops and maintains clear, consistent and compelling messaging on relevant business,product and brands for use in internal communications, press, marketing materials and executive communications on issues. Establishes strong connections with customer and industry association communication teams. Creates network of expert spokespeople. Acts quickly and decisively to anticipate and seize communications opportunities,advising senior management whether taking prudent risks is appropriate. Collaborates with social media team to drive comprehensive outreach. Speaks on behalf of Merck Animal Health and represents the company at industry conferences and events Drives the adoption of best practices and standard communications practices across the  Livestock business-Develops key message points for business in preparation for quarterly business.


Education Requirement: BA/BS degree is required. Required Experience/Skills:A minimum 5 years of experience in communications,public relations, journalism, and/or marketing communications is required; preferably in the Livestock or Agriculture Industry.
Excellent verbal and written communication, proofreading and editorial skillsProven success working with media – print, digital and broadcastInitiative, self-starter, strategic thinking and creative problem solvingAbility to work in a matrixed environment and build collaboration across departmentsTeam player with ability to succeed in a fast-paced, dead-line driven environmentWillingness to travel for industry conferences and eventsDemonstrated proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook Preferred Skills/Abilities:Experience with animal healthcare products and servicesPrior in-house corporate communications team or agency experienceExperience working in Livestock or Agriculture Industry
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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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Hazardous Materials: No
Company Trade Name: Merck

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