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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director, Strategic Planning - Business Continuity Planning ( MERCUSR180747ENUS)

Business Development

Strategic Planning



Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ by 2023. Therefore, the NJ work location for this role will be temporarily based and the exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.

We partner with the business to ensure we maintain our company’s values and high ethical standards, comply with the law, protect our people, and enhance our reputation. We strive to foster an environment that is inspiring, supportive, and diverse.

Position Description:

The Enterprise Strategy Office (ESO) has overall responsibility for driving our Company's strategy into action. As part of these efforts the ESO owns enterprise operations and risk management including Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), Business Continuity (BC), and Crisis Management (CM).

The Enterprise Strategy Office (ESO) operations and risk management team strives to assess the current state, identify and remediate gaps, and develop and execute upon a multi-year road map to enhance our capability in these disciplines to ensure successful delivery of our Company’s strategy. This position will primarily be focused on delivery of the Business Continuity (BC) capability across the enterprise to ensure the company can continue to deliver its key processes and products in times of disruption. The position will also support the broader Enterprise Strategy Office (ESO) team and efforts to fully integrate our Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program components across the enterprise.

Primary Responsibilities:

Business Continuity Planning & Risk Management

  • Support delivery of the enterprise level roadmap for business continuity and support an “all-hazards” approach (e.g. from natural disasters to cyber-attacks) across the organization

  • Enable focused deployment of resources to progress BC efforts for areas of highest potential impact by collaborating across the company with subject matter experts to contribute to BC efforts supporting prioritized processes, products, and sites across all divisions and functions

  • Provide expertise through the BC Center of Excellence throughout the BC lifecycle including business impact analysis, BC strategy and plan development, scenario-based exercises, and continued evaluation and improvement

  • Identify dependencies within the existing business continuity ecosystem and drive solutions to ensure plans are robust and connected across these dependencies

  • Support analysis and development of metrics and objectives to communicate status, risks, and priorities of the BC program to the the Enterprise Risk Committee and/or Executive Team

  • Partner with global security, IT disaster recovery, internal audit, and other resiliency related teams to deliver a unified resilience program ensuring visibility and communication

  • Develop and foster relationships across the internal network with key functions including teams in facilities, human resources, safety and the environment, and others to ensure robust response capabilities

  • Stay abreast of evolving landscape through engagement of the internal/external community to understand industry and discipline best practices, analyze supportive technology and systems, understand regulatory implications, and bring insights back to the business

  • Contribute to the integration of the ERM efforts within the ESO and across related disciplines throughout the organization to build a robust and interconnected network

  • Support the broader enterprise operations and risk management team with prioritized risk mitigation activity, crisis management response, and other critical needs as needed

Position Qualifications

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree Required

  • Advanced degree preferred (e.g. MBA,)

Required Experience and Skills

  • Minimum of 5 years working experience in the bio/pharmaceutical or healthcare related industry or strategy consulting/execution experience within the BC or ERM discipline with an ability to apply skillset within the pharmaceutical industry

  • Demonstrated strong cross-functional team leadership, facilitation, and influencing ability

  • Strong project management and organizational skills, and ability to plan and manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously

  • Persuasive written and visual communications skills in a variety of settings - management presentations, one on one or group meetings

  • Confidence to challenge the status-quo and raise questions, risks, and issues

  • Ability to work in ambiguity, to problem solve, and to make rapid / disciplined decisions

  • Ability to balance strategic thinking with effective, timely execution and delivery

  • Demonstrated ability to be successful within a matrix organization where strong leadership, influence and collaboration are essential to enlist support and commitment from peers

  • Proficient in managing virtual engagements and/or workshops with a variety of stakeholders

  • EQ – politically savvy, ability to work effectively with a variety of different leadership personalities.

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Broad understanding of end-to-end company operations and organizational structure including research and development, manufacturing, commercial operations, financial processes, & IT

  • Experience and/or certification in related fields of risk management, crisis management, disaster recovery, or business continuity planning

  • Project or Program Management experience and/or certification (e.g. PMP)

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.

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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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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Requisition ID:R180747