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Merck & Co, Inc

Payroll Integration and Projects Lead (REMOTE)

Aerospace and Aviation

Lead Engineer


Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

The Payroll Integration and Projects Lead will lead payroll related work resulting from merger, acquisition, and/or divestiture activities – primarily in the US market as well as system upgrades and implementations for the Payroll area. The position will report into the US/Puerto Rico Payroll team and work closely with and often take direction from the HR Mergers & Acquisitions COE. This position will be a standing member of all HR Integration teams as the workstream lead for payroll and will lead the development and execution of the integration plans specific to each transaction. The lead will partner closely and ensure coordination with other interdependent areas such as Benefits, HR Service Delivery, Compensation, Finance, and Legal. The lead will also have a role in working directly with payroll service providers of acquired companies to understand their processes, partner through integration planning, execution and hypercare. At times, this lead will also be expected to provide direct payroll processing support for acquired employees until we’ve reached full integration. At times where there is not an active transaction to support, this role will manage special projects within the US/Puerto Rico Payroll organization as required and defined by leadership.

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 Duties include:

  • In-depth understanding of the Payroll space as it relates to Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) integrations including Systems Management, Payroll Processing, Payroll Tax, and General Ledger.

  • Overall project data management/reporting/tracking for all projects and testing related to Human Resources Service Delivery and Payroll.

Day-to-Day ownership and management of the M&A Integration and non-integration projects including:

  • Maintenance and management of the M&A Questionnaire and M&A Playbooks

  • Tracking all open questions and items for the target company on the M&A workstream calls

  • Managing the M&A workstream calls for Payroll and Benefits

  • Following up with the target company and internal workstreams to ensure timely information is provided.

  • Testing and documenting results during different phases of projects, M&A or other.

  • Working with suppliers and their deadlines and also providing internal deadlines to ensure timely results are provided.

  • Coordinate and collect details for Integration Management Office (IMO) or Senior Management.

  • Working with target company to obtain access to all systems.

  • Working with the target company and reviewing all payroll processing from post sign.

  • Training on target co systems and fully accessing in preparation of full process ownership.

  • If necessary or required, learn the processing of payroll, tax adjustments and returns from Target company.

Additional including but not limited to:

  • Research and respond to escalations as needed.

  • Data mining for projects or requests.

  • Research and document the business case for systems upgrades, enhancements and fixes.

  • Identifying opportunities for current internal manual processes.

  • Assist with automation and Service Experience current and future initiatives.

  • Assist with compiling details for audits and legal requests when required.

  • Support other Project Leads as backup if needed.

  • Ad hoc reporting and metrics gathering for quarterly business reviews or other internal needs

  • Attend meetings as requested by manager or teammates where Payroll input is requested.

Position Qualifications: (please provide below)

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Minimum of an Associates degree or currently in pursuit of higher level degree completion, or equivalent relevant work experience

Required Experience and Skills:

Minimum of 7 years of experience in the following:

  • Processing and managing payroll

  • Managing and Leading Projects

  • Managing Implementations and system upgrades

  • Workday experience

  • Advanced excel functionality to combine data from multiple sources via vlookups, manipulate reports, create dashboards, pivot summaries, etc

  • Ability to operate in ambiguity and develop/recommend solutions needed to address unmet needs, and quickly escalate issues to leadership.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with minimal direction

  • Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) Certification

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • M&A Payroll Integrations

  • Service Now systems and reporting

  • Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal skills along with high personal integrity, credibility, and energy.

  • Team player who seeks creative solutions to problems, as well as excellent attention to detail

  • Ability to effectively work in cross-functional teams

  • Workday experience and reporting

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., Rahway, 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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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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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Expected salary range:

$80,320.00 - $126,500.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here.

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Requisition ID:R227117