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Merck Associate Director Compensation and Benefits Solutions in Helena, Montana

Job Description

The Associate Director, HR Compensation and Benefits Solutions has responsibility for design and delivery of HR Solutions and systems in support of Compensation & Benefits processes. This position manages a small team responsible for working with suppliers, internal IT, and the Compensation and Benefits organizations to manage annual process cycles, enhancements and upgrades to current HR systems enabling these areas. This position works closely with the Compensation and Benefits organization and process leads to identify and recommend alternative solutions, leveraging existing HR tools and technologies. The individual is responsible for collaborating with peers HR solution leads within the organization and accountable for the implementation of agreed upon recommended solutions. The individual must be able to influence across multiple levels of the organization, work with HR operations leaders and internal/external partners to drive change and tangible improvements.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Participates in strategy/process design sessions to consult on solutions (both existing and new) that will best achieve desired strategic outcomes.

  • Responsible for core compensation and advanced compensation configuration and associated business processes and documentation in Workday

  • Accountable for small projects, ongoing enhancements, upgrades, annual compensation processes, and ensuring support issues are resolved.

  • Preparation and execution of the year end Advanced Compensation Cycle

  • Support Tier 3 issue resolution related to compensation and benefits systems

  • Support any merger and acquisition elements from a compensation and benefits systems perspective

  • Assist IT organization in support of integrations supporting compensation and benefits providers

  • Support the development / updates to systems and supporting needed by our global support centers

  • Builds team of required partners to implement defined solution (e.g. IT, System Vendor, Implementation Partner); Supplier Management (if applicable).

  • Creates/updates required Data Privacy forms for all relevant objects requiring data; work with Data Privacy Office and data steward to obtain Local and Global Data Privacy and works council approvals.

  • Works with process/functional lead and test leads to define test strategy and test plan and ensure execution of user testing.

The Associate Director, Compensation and Benefits Lead operates in a complex and matrix environment and is expected to apply HR functional and operational expertise to drive performance. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished HRIS team lead with experience working globally and established credibility in delivery and enabling strategies within a large and complex organization. The individual will have a track record that demonstrates the following competencies:

  • Ability to quickly assess business needs to identify opportunities where HR/HRIS processes or systems can further the strategy, or streamline processes.

  • Ability to work independently and within a team to direct the resolution of highly complex or unusual business problems and translate HR/HRSS issues clearly and articulately into business terms. Business Analyst capability with proven ability to translate business processes into functional system requirements and solutions

  • Strong communication skills

  • Knowledge of Workday Human Capital Management systems

  • Knowledge of Core and Advanced Compensation Modules in Workday

  • Proven ability to deliver as a team leader on large HR systems implementation programs.

  • Experience managing an operational team

  • Workday experience required

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree

NOTE: This position may be located in any of our company's locations, or Remote

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.

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.


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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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.

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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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Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

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Requisition ID: R195164