HR Business Partner

Job Description

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity, and teamwork of people like you. As part of our HR team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with a group of talented, fun, and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career, in a true business partner role.

In this role, the HR Business Partnerwill have a multitude of responsibilities. They will help provide HR support for the South San Francisco Research Laboratories Discovery Site and as part of this role, they will help support site-specific HR initiatives, programs, and operations. In addition, this person will be responsible for all HR Business Partner support for designated functions. The HRBP will coach leaders and teams and provides guidance and expertise in the development of the organizational talent and diversity strategy, talent management, organizational design, restructuring, change management, leader effectiveness, performance management, compensation and rewards, and employee relations concerns.

To succeed, you will need a flexible skill set, including the ability to think strategically, execute tactically, and collaborate across many teams, levels, and situations. Success in this role will also require influential partnership with associates, managers, and senior management within the organization to execute the HR strategies that foster organizational and people effectiveness.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provides HR consulting and coaching to leaders. Understand dynamics and key business priorities of client groups to help leaders effectively manage and lead their organizations
  • Coach leaders and members of leadership team(s) to successfully manage all cyclical people management processes (talent management, succession planning, performance management, compensation planning, etc.)
  • Partner with management on workforce planning strategies, hiring plans, recruitment & selection strategies, and onboarding process
  • Partner with Recruiting to provide oversight on implementation of workforce hiring plan
  • Partner with Learning & Development on learning strategies and solutions to support and enable talent strategy
  • Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, employee relations)
  • Partner with CoE's to administer local compensation & benefits programs
  • Partner with Site Leadership to execute HR related programs that enable a strong collaborative culture of innovation, commitment, and scientific exploration
  • Ensure compliance with all state & federal employment programs and practices

Education Minimum Requirements:
  • Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Business, or related discipline, or currently in pursuit of degree completion, or equivalent relevant work experience

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; Previous HR Business Partner experience preferred
  • Being an enthusiastic team player with a strong drive to create a positive work environment
  • The ability to be comfortable with high volume workload and not be afraid to "roll up your sleeves"
  • 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 Experience and Skills:
  • Demonstrated experience in organization development such as organization design, change management, workforce planning
  • Knowledge of California employment legal practices and policies
  • Knowledge of and experience interpreting employment and labor laws

Ideal applicant lives within or in surrounding location.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for ...

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Requisition ID:R127082