Senior Specialist, HR Business Partner

Kenilworth, NJ, US
May 24 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: HUM005292

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(HRBP) position in our Global Human Health division will provide HR support for several organizations within the commercial marketing organization. The HRBP coaches the leaders and his/her leadership teams and provides expertise in the development of the organizational talent and diversity strategy, talent management, workforce planning, organizational design, restructuring, change management, leader effectiveness, performance management, compensation and rewards, and escalated employee relations issues.  This particular role will also be responsible for significant project management work in HR.  

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Provide HR and executive coaching support to senior leaders on the assigned Leadership Teams. 

• Create and/or drive the talent and diversity strategy for the assigned organization. 

• Support all talent management, organizational design and organizational alignment activities within clients. Lead client restructuring activities when necessary. Contribute to organizational change management activities when necessary. 

• Coach leaders and members of leadership team(s) to successfully manage all cyclical people management processes (talent management, performance management, compensation planning, etc.).

• Partner with the learning organization on learning strategies and solutions to support talent strategy. 

• Partner with recruiting and staffing organization on activities in support of the organization’s workforce plan and talent strategy. 

• Provide leadership and project management to critical HR initiatives across the client areas as needed.

• Collaborate across the HR network and with other stakeholders across the organization to resolve escalated issues and generate solutions to enable client’s business strategy. 

• Uses data to drive development of HR solutions that support business.

Note: Position will be located in Kenilworth, NJ.

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. 


Education Minimum Requirement: 

• Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business or related discipline

Required Experience and Skills: 

• Minimum 6 years’ experience as an HR Business Partner, in an HR COE or in HR Operations role (with Masters’ degree, minimum experience is 4 years); or relevant applicable experience

• Demonstrated HR functional competence in one or more HR disciplines

• Superior interpersonal skills

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

• Knows how to prioritize time and problem solve against most impactful activities and initiatives

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Proven ability to demonstrate and foster collaboration 

• Experience navigating and leveraging HR matrix and systems to gather data and leverage HR center of expertise to support the business 

 Preferred Experience and Skills:

• Previous HR Business Partner experience

• Strong analytical skills (be able to tell a story from the data)• Demonstrated experience in organization development such as organization design, change HR Business Partner experience 

• Knowledge of employment legal practices and policies

• Previous experience supporting globally distributed client base


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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Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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