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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Specialist, Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP)

Business Development

Program Specialist


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Position Description:

Associate Specialist, Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP)

Manufacturing Strategy & Business Development

Manufacturing Strategy, Business Development and Alliances is responsible for the development and realization of the strategy for the Manufacturing division and oversees the core enterprise manufacturing functions. This includes the Strategy and Portfolio Management office, Global Supply Business Development (GSBD) which evaluates acquisitions, divestitures, and licensing opportunities, Manufacturing Business Alliance Management (MBAM) which manages our regional and global manufacturing strategic partnerships, Network Strategy and Third Party Sales (NSTPS) which oversees the global manufacturing footprint, global product source changes, and Third Party Contract Manufacturing and the Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP) which recruits and accelerates early talent for the division.

Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP)

The Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is our flagship global manufacturing graduate program. Our simple objective is to identify, hire, and develop our future Manufacturing Leaders.

If you are passionate about launching a career in manufacturing, then we are eager to engage with you, focus on your development, and bring greater value to our patients worldwide.

Over the 3-year rotation program we will invest in your development giving you exposure and experience across our business, preparing you for a role in leadership. You will receive coaching from senior leaders, exposure to real life manufacturing challenges and training from industry leading scientists and engineers. You will be contributing to significant projects and be making key decisions that directly impact how we make pharmaceuticals and deliver them to our patients globally.

We hire a small number of members each year for this program, and we work hard to ensure that we truly select candidates with the greatest potential to lead. To help assess if you fit the profile, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Are you motivated to be part of the “flagship” future talent program?

  • Are you geographically mobile with potential for international rotation?

  • Are you willing to travel to different sites over the first three years of employment?

  • Are you excited by digital advancements and challenging projects?

If the answer is "YES" to all these questions, then keep on reading!

The Manufacturing Leadership Development Program has two primary goals:

  • Provide candidates who have a bachelor's or master's degree level in the required fields listed below with a broad perspective of the core manufacturing functions of our company’s pharmaceutical, biological, animal health and vaccine products.

  • Develop a bench of talent who can prepare for future leadership positions of increasing responsibility within the organization through focused rotational experiences within the key areas of our Manufacturing Division.

The program enables successful candidates to experience three (3) rotations over a three-year period with each rotation lasting one (1) year. Employees are assigned to rotations based on critical business needs and aligned to develop critical experiences. In addition to their assignments, employees receive mentoring from peers and senior leaders during their assignment. Rotation members should expect to work at different high impact sites during their tenure in the program and should have flexibility to move where assigned to meet business needs. It is expected that a candidate moves between sites during the program, as this allows the employee to gain the broadest perspective of the division and to maximize accelerated learning and exposure.

Within the rotation, some domestic and international business travel may be available or required. International rotation assignments are not guaranteed.

The program is designed to strengthen the candidates' skills in teamwork, collaboration, and leadership. The program also includes a formal learning curriculum, designed to enhance a wide variety of competencies including but not limited to:

  • Business outcomes across the end-to-end supply chain

  • Continuous improvement/Problem solving

  • Lean Manufacturing

  • Quality/Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)

  • Managing and optimizing internal and external partnerships

  • Strategic Thinking

  • Financial Acumen

The successful candidate is:

  • Interested in participating in a broad range of work experiences across the manufacturing division.

  • Able to work independently, in teams, and lead teams.

  • Able to adapt to new roles, responsibilities, and situations.

  • Motivated to cultivate their leadership skills along with their technical, business, and commercial skills by applying their knowledge within manufacturing.

  • Committed to both their own career development as well as bringing their best to our company.


Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • BS or MS in one of the following:

    • Bio engineering

    • Biomedical Engineering

    • Biotechnology

    • Chemical Engineering

    • Industrial Engineering

    • Mechanical Engineering

    • Supply Chain/Logistics

    • Biochemistry

    • Chemistry

    • Microbiology

    • Regulatory Sciences

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate must have graduated from a college by the program start date: On or around August 12, 2024

  • Candidate must be eligible to work in the US without sponsorship

  • Candidate must be willing to be assigned to different roles and different sites over the first three years of employment.

  • Ability to travel and willingness to be assigned to any company site in the US or other company sites including countries ex-US based on business needs.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate has demonstrated leadership experience in field of study, extracurricular activity, previous internship or undergraduate research, military, or prior work experience.

  • Experience in manufacturing.

  • Candidate should possess superior communication and interpersonal skills, a team-player with the ability to work independently.


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.




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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Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

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Requisition ID:R250442