Senior Specialist HR Business Partner (Generalist/Labor Rela

at Merck in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Job Description

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.

The Senior Specialist, HR Business Partner, will provide HR support for the hourly staff and managers across the Elkton, VA site. The HRBP will coach the management team and support employee & labor relations including issue/ conflict resolution. The HRBP will also support the development of talent, diversity strategy, talent management, restructuring, change management, leader effectiveness, performance management, and compensation & rewards.

Primary Responsibilities:

+ Provide HR support for client group, including coach, counsel and train managers on issues with staffing, benefits, EHS/Safety issues, and payroll.

+ Lead and/or work closely with ER/LR COE on any investigation process, and issue/ conflict resolution (including grievance administration, corrective action, Arbitrations, etc.).

+ Track and analyze investigation data, identify trends, and drive organizational improvements, as appropriate, for proactive issue prevention.

+ In conjunction with site HR team, ensure that LR/ ER considerations are proactively considered in the development/ implementation of company programs and policies.

+ Conduct LR Training, pull through global LR initiatives.

+ Conduct manager capability building training, including performance management.

+ Lead job postings, new employee and manager onboarding for client group.

+ Support payroll, time and attendance.

+ Support talent management, diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and metrics monitoring.

+ Support client restructuring/organizational change management activities when necessary.

+ Maintain constructive working relationships with relevant personnel, including union representatives.

+ Provide leadership and project management to critical HR initiatives across the site as needed.

Required Education/ Experience/ Skills:

+ Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or related discipline

+ 5 years Human Resources/ Labor Relations, Compliance, Generalist or related experience is required

+ Previous Union Contract experience is preferred

+ Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and presentation skills

+ Demonstrated ability to work/ collaborate with colleagues/ internal clients/ managers and maintain constructive working relationships in a fast-paced environment

+ Experience developing and conducting manager training

+ Experience conducting effective investigations

+ Knowledge of employment legal practice/policies

Preferred Education/ Experience/ Skill:

+ Masters degree in HR/ Labor Relations

+ Metrics and data analytics capability

+ HR tools and systems capability

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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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Job Posting: JC189926170

Posted On: Aug 13, 2021

Updated On: Oct 16, 2021