Associate Director, Executive Recruiting

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.

Primary Responsibilities:

+ Full life-cycle Executive Recruiter role with two key client groups – Human Health (both Commercial & Marketing) and Corporate IT.

+ Accountable for direct and indirect sourcing of qualified, diverse talent for executive roles for positions across both client groups, globally.

+ Partner with business leaders, Divisional GTA Directors, and HR Business Partners to create/ drive proactive recruiting strategies for executive-level positions.

+ Provide a high-touch candidate experience for executive-level candidates and hiring managers so the hiring processes from sourcing to selection is best in class.

+ Actively build a strong external network of executive-level talent in life sciences in order to create a ready-now pipeline for future openings and minimize reliance on executive search firms.

+ Develop a strong knowledge of the external competitive market and provide insights into trends, themes, and opportunities to clients, HR partners, Executive Compensation, etc.

+ Ensures alignment of recruiting activities with business goals and objectives balancing speed with attention to detail and ensuring the best outcome.

+ Proactively source for talent through multiple channels but specifically direct sourcing, networking, and targeted candidate development and lead generation.

+ Adheres to all compliance and regulatory requirements; track and report monthly progress reports to key stakeholders.

+ Effectively manages relationships with peers, Talent Acquisition leadership team members, and other HR partners including Compensation and Benefits and Global Diversity and Inclusion to create a culture of collaboration.

+ Effectively manage CRM tools to track, build and report diverse candidate pools.

+ Track and monitor progress; measure source effectiveness and produce progress reports as needed.

Education Minimum Requirements:

+ Bachelor’s Degree required

Required Experience and Skills:

+ 10+ years full life cycle recruiting experience in either large, complex organization and/ or executive search firm.

+ Deep understanding of the Executive Search process, and experience conducting full life cycle executive searches.

+ Proven experience partnering with and influencing senior executives through the search process.

+ Broad Commercial recruiting experience (including global).

+ IT, digital, and data & analytics recruiting experience.

+ Proven success in sourcing diverse candidate profiles.

+ Experience structuring, negotiating and delivering complex offers.

+ Proven experience delivering results by driving innovation and exhibiting subject matter expertise in order to influence business hiring decisions.

+ Strong work ethic, resourcefulness, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.

+ Exercises discretion and able to work independently and think strategically.

+ Strong leadership and relationship-building skills.

+ Outstanding communication and presentation skills with the ability to express ideas in a persuasive, confident, organized and articulate manner.

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: JC192471317

Posted On: Sep 16, 2021

Updated On: Oct 02, 2021