2022 MBA - Senior Specialist, General Management Acceleration Program

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Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, in accordance with applicable law.

Our company 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 our company has codified its 130-year legacy. Our success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

We know that our people are the key to our success, which is why our Human Resources team works to attract, develop, retain and inspire our people so that they can learn, grow and make a true impact on the world. Together we collaborate to create a culturally rich, diverse organization ensuring we remain innovative and agile.

2022 MBA - Senior Specialist, General Management Acceleration Program

The General Management Acceleration Program is the Company's "flagship" program to develop future global enterprise-wide directors for our company. It is sponsored by the Office of the CEO. The term General Management is a reference to future Senior Directors across the organization and is not targeted to development of future Managing Directors.

In order to develop a unique general management skill set, the program will operate across geographies and functional areas including Finance, Human Health, Animal Health, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Research, and Strategy. In support of our global business, the successful candidate may be located in a variety of geographies dependent upon a number of factors including, but not limited to: participant interest and career aspirations, professional and developmental opportunities and business needs.

Dependent upon current skill set, developmental needs, as well as the business needs, the successful candidate will commence in a 12-month assignment in one of several core general management areas: Marketing, Product Development, Strategy, Supply Chain, Finance, Policy, Human Resources or Sales/Customer Centricity. The first assignment will be based at a Company site in the candidate's home country. During the first rotation, participants are expected to gain knowledge of their assigned functional area, work with their senior mentor, partake in specially designed management development training, participate in peer coaching and deliver on special projects to address unique business needs in their region, as identified by the Senior Management.

Following the successful completion of the first rotational assignment, the successful candidate will typically be placed in a subsequent core general management area, for a second 12-month assignment outside of their home country. This role will further accelerate the participant's general management skills through exposure to additional functional areas, cultures, continued management development training and partnership with peers and senior mentors, as well as delivering on projects in their new regions. Upon completion of the program the participants will identify roles in key market or worldwide headquarters, influenced by business need with consideration of career interests.

So, if you are ...
  • motivated to be part of the "flagship" future talent program of our Company
  • recognized as a high performer and leader in your area by your peers and your management
  • internationally mobile and interested in a dynamic general management career across divisions
  • excited by hard, complex and ambiguous work ....please apply!

Education Requirements:
  • Undergraduate degree achieved
  • Graduate from a Master in Business Administration program prior to or by May 2022

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Demonstrated interest and ability to take on increased Responsibility and impact in areas of focus (e.g., work roles, extracurricular activities, education).
  • Fluency in English.
  • Fully mobile; willing to relocate; and pursue different geographic opportunities.
  • Superior communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong capacity for Leadership and cross-functional teamwork in a diverse work environment.
  • Ability to take initiative, Responsibility and demonstrate results-oriented project management.
  • High drive and commitment to develop through stretch assignments and grow a successful career at our Company.
  • Successful completion of Leadership and critical thinking assessment and interview process.
  • Able to commence General Management Acceleration Program Q3 2022.
  • Ability to travel as the business demands; typically up to approximately 30%.
  • Proven strong business acumen

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Fluency in an additional language other than English
  • Pharmaceutical or life sciences consulting experience

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.


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Requisition ID:R137249