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Merck 2021 Finance Leadership Development Program in Kenilworth, New Jersey

Job Description

Our Finance team brings together our financial perspectives into our overall strategic and tactical decision making. We use state-of-the-art techniques for financial analysis, planning, accounting, reporting and performance evaluation. This allows the organization to continue advancing medical innovation and improve lives.

Our Company's Finance team is committed to developing future Finance leaders through its Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP). Individuals are provided with an entry point through our Company's Corporate Audit and Assurance Services to develop a breadth of experience including finance, accounting, compliance, risk management, and special project opportunities.

FLDP participants will be placed on multiple audit teams. These teams collaborate with stakeholders across the finance organization, helping to solve vital business needs for finance by leveraging data analytics and understanding implications on global healthcare systems. Audit assignments are unique to each individual’s skill set and professional interests and development opportunities.

One exciting rotational opportunity is in the audit innovation lab . This dynamic and cross-functional team helps drive the use of enhanced data and analytic capabilities in audit and across the finance organization. The lab provides individuals space to experiment and encourages them to bring forward new and innovative ideas. The rotation in the lab will provide exposure to advanced data and analytic capabilities and software, driving the development of finance professionals in the program.

Our company has developed the “Fortify Our Future” initiative to react to the mindset and behavioral shifts in our changing world. Our new ways of working including: purpose driven results, high integrity and ethical standards, patient-focused outcomes, and diverse and inclusive culture, will create headroom for innovation and ensure sustainability of our core mission.

After 24-36 months in the FLDP, individuals advance their career development through opportunities across finance and the greater organization. The purpose of this leadership development experience is to prepare talent to create confidence in a changing world so that the company is empowered to innovate and fulfill its purpose of Inventing for Life.

Program Overview & Responsibilities:

By joining this program, individuals will gain an understanding how our Company is fulfilling its purpose of inventing medicines to improve people’s lives. The program will allow individuals to gain knowledge on products, healthcare systems, payors, regulatory and reputation risks while working intimately with our global business operations. In addition, individuals will use data analytics to gain insights into business practices and the execution of the company’s strategy; this includes a deeper knowledge of internal controls, business compliance and risk management. Individuals will be based in the global headquarters of the company in Kenilworth, NJ or our U.S based headquarters in Upper Gwynedd, PA

Opportunity to innovate in a changing world through:

  • EXPERIMENTING – We challenge the way we work every day as our Senior Leaders are committed to continually evaluating new ways of working through experimentation. Individuals will be part of a culture where every experiment is taken as a lesson learned which is part of the innovative process.

  • EMPOWERING – You will learn how to evaluate business operations, processes, and internal controls to effectively complete risk-based audits. Additionally, we act as a trusted advisor, supporting the enterprise via advisory engagements. Individuals are empowered to develop their skill-set through a wide breadth of engagements, across various business lines. This helps individuals to focus on what matters in a complex and evolving business environment.

  • NETWORKING – We will empower you to work across the company developing and leveraging a network of relationships to achieve high level business insights. Individuals will have opportunities to attend lunch and learn presentations with senior leaders, participate in formal training, mentor programs and various activities with other colleagues across the organization.

  • SHARING – We work to break down silos and share our knowledge to better connect people and data. Individuals will be challenged to critically problem solve, act as trusted advisers, and utilize data & analytic applications to provide business insights. The participants will prepare and deliver presentations to both peers and leaders, sharing their successes and lessons learned.

  • LEARNING – Join a culture where teaching & learning is a continuous journey, not a destination. We take pride in turning students into teachers and assisting in your personal and professional development through real time feedback, formal performance evaluations, on the job training, and assistance in independent learning.

This is a full-time position starting in July 2021. Individuals in the FLDP will start with two full weeks of training (80 hours). This training will provide insights to expansive business, industry, and audit knowledge. Additionally, the training will develop overall finance and business acumen, in addition to leadership skills and extensive networking opportunities.

If you would like to learn more about our group, please check out our website:


  • Currently a Senior enrolled in a BS in Accountancy or Finance but all business majors may be considered (including Management, Marketing, or Economics).

Required Experience:

  • Dedication to teamwork

  • Demonstrated leadership

  • Passion and commitment to learning

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to self-motivate and take responsibility for personal growth and development

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with client and business process owners as well as Finance colleagues

  • Effective written and verbal communications skills

  • Strong time management skills and the ability to work autonomously and within a team

  • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task

  • Demonstration of integrity within a professional work environment

  • Travel: Up to 25% of the time, both domestic and international

Preferred :

  • Previous internship or work experience in Finance, Accounting, Business, Economics, or Analytics

  • GPA of 3.3 or above

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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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 ...

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID: R57545