• Associate Director, GMAP Program Lead (Talent Mgmt Early Talent)

    MerckAustin, TX 78703

    Job #1759475285

  • 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.

    GMAP (General Management Acceleration Program) is a two-year program sponsored by the Office of the CEO with the goal of developing a pipeline of future global enterprise-wide leaders with global and cross-divisional experience. The Program Lead for GMAP is responsible for partnering the with Senior Sponsors on the Line Advisory Board to set the strategy and ensure the execution of this flagship early talent program.

    Reporting to the Director, Executive Talent & Leadership Development, the GMAP Program Lead is a member of the Leadership Development portfolio team within the Global Talent & Leadership COE. The location for this role is flexible with hybrid remote and travel opportunities.

    Primary Activities

    • Own the strategic direction and vision of the program as it relates to design, framework, marketing, branding, investment, curriculum, etc.

    • Responsible as the strategic GMAP Program owner and liaison with LAB (Line Advisory Board) for GMAP, HRLT/Global HR, Talent Management community and senior leaders

    • Develop, manage, and track the GMAP annual budget & related expenses

    • Facilitate the internal & external application process, communications, recruiting, assessing and selection of new cohort group to be hired

    • Ensure the successful recruitment of MBA talent and on-boarding of external hires

    • Provide on-going coaching and feedback to active GMAPers including debriefing Hogan Leadership assessments

    • Manage First and Second Rotation Placements with cohorts and managers including global mobility processes

    • Manage post-program job search process and ensure each GMAPer lands a permanent position that will continue their growth and development

    • Manage the GMAP Alumni community, brand, and strategy

    • Function as HR Business Partner for GMAP and support annual HR processes - Performance Management, Talent Discussions, and Leveling & Compensation

    • Manage GMAP Mentoring Program

    • Accountable for the strategic direction of the Learning program within GMAP

    • Alignment with Leadership Learning & Development - GMAP Mentoring Program, ALPs (Action Learning projects), Bi-Annual Residential meetings, Virtual Learning sessions etc.

    • Collaborate with Learning Lead on Kick-off, Graduation and Residential sessions

    • Provide metrics - recruitment/selection/in-post program data

    • Partners closely with the Program Coordinator and many stakeholders within HR organization

    • Co-lead Early Talent Community of Practice

    • Drive efforts to centralize MBA recruitment across the enterprise

    Position Qualifications

    Education Minimum Requirement:

    • 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.


    • Minimum 10 years' experience as an HR Business Partner, in an HR COE or in HR Operations role (with Masters' degree, minimum experience is 8 years); or relevant applicable experience


    • Demonstrated ability to establish trust and effectively influence HR team, leaders, and employees

    • Demonstrated strong project management experience with ability to manage competing priorities and multiple stakeholders

    • Strong relationship building skills and the ability to quickly build a global and broad network. Ability to navigate and influence virtually across multiple time zones

    • Ability to strategically project manage through complexity and manage timelines

    • Excellent written and verbal communication & presentation skills

    • Experience navigating and leveraging HR systems including Workday and VISIER and data analytics

    • Operational HR excellence - execution of multiple HR projects/initiatives

    • Financial and business acumen, understanding of business strategy, structure, and goals

    • Comfort with pushing back and managing difficult conversations with peers or senior leaders

    Preferred Experience and Skills:

    • Hogan Assessment certification

    • Managing global clients and understanding the importance of leveraging global networks to get things done - ability to collaborate with local HR partners on the ground

    • Previous HR Business Partner experience or experience in talent management or program management

    Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at 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: R132395