Merck Learning Partner, Comp, Bio-VAX, BDS LSS in Rahway, New Jersey

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, 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 Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

The Learning Partner MRL L&D Operations supports and facilitates learning and development activities within MRL, and influences the design and execution of the Annual Learning Plan. The role supports the MRL Learning Leader and Learning Directors in the execution of the L&D strategy by executing the operational process for the MRL L&D team, specifically managing weekly LT meetings and agenda, and ensuring accurate monthly forecasts and financials for the MRL L&D team. Success in this role depends on the ability to prioritize, plan (strategic and tactical), manage, execute multiple projects supporting L&D operations,collaborate across MRL L&D, Divisional Operations Leads, and Learning Support Services, and partner and collaboration across GL&D to align and leverage approaches and solutions.


  • Manage flow of work coming into the MRL L&D Portfolio against Global and Divisional Criteria to manage programs above the line, at risk and below the line by leading weekly LT meetings

  • Lead the annual profit planning and annual learning planning processes

  • Identify Portfolio Timelines running at risk to delivery

  • Ensure accurate monthly forecasts, track and report budget EA’s and Actuals

  • Partner with finance to effectively develop, manage, and monitor budgets; and analyze variances on an on-going basis

  • Forecast risk with monthly reporting to LT to support/engage/mitigate risk, identify risk of flow of work to LSS

  • Project manage prioritized, complex work in support of MRL wide initiatives

  • Support the Division Learning Leader and Leadership Team by establishing agendas for Full Team meetings, Operations meetings, including coordinating / facilitating meetings

  • Initiate and track all follow-up activities emerging from full team and Operations meetings

  • Facilitate the stage gate process to ensure efficient work flow

  • Represent MRL perspective in global operational initiatives to ensure global and divisional applicability and effectiveness

  • Understand feedback provided by Learning Support Services (LSS) on the overall success of the learning solutions; interpret and discuss feedback with MRL L&D LT, and monitor impact and cost-effectiveness of learning solutions; suggest improvements to further enhance learning program effectiveness and sustainability

  • Manage interim/unplanned Operational activities and requests; make appropriate recommendations

  • Identify, enable and a model continuous operational excellence throughout MRL L&D through regular needs analysis , solution recommendations that leverage innovative learning technology and integrating regular stakeholder feedback.


  • Planning: Tactical, Strategic: Advanced project planning and management experience, including the ability to contribute to operational (short term), tactical (1–2 years), and strategic (3-5 years) planning in support of the business plan

  • Financial Acumen: Experience managing all aspects of a departmental budget including training tuition, T&E, and P&B

  • L&D Policies, Standards, and Procedures: Knowledge of and ability to use industry and organization standards, procedures, and policies relevant to staff learning and development

  • Decision Making and Critical Thinking: Advanced ability to use a broad range of methods, assumptions, frameworks, and perspectives when solving problems and making decisions

  • Oral and Written Communications: Advanced ability to express oneself to provide information to others effectively and in a succinct manner; outstanding verbal, written, and presentation abilities; ability to ask thoughtful questions to gain insights, listen, and understand other perspectives

  • Coaching: Ability to support, challenge, and guide individuals and teams in learning and improving effectiveness

  • Leadership: Demonstrated skill in applying approaches, tools, and techniques to gain the cooperation and support of others; ability to lead by example and foster collaborative relationships

  • Influencing: Advanced ability to partner, collaborate, and impact decisions within and outside the organization

  • Creative Thinking: Demonstrated skill in applying tools and techniques for grasping new concepts, acquiring new ways of seeing things, and revising ways of thinking and patterns of behavior

  • Interpersonal Relationships: Demonstrated skill in applying approaches, tools, and techniques for working with individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner, including the ability to build and maintain critical networks and collaborative relationships

  • Networking: Ability to identify and engage the right people across GL&D, MRL and the Enterprise to act as active thinking partners and/or to support and enable problem solving.


  • Required: Bachelor’s degree

  • Preferred: Master’s degree


  • Required: Minimum of 5 years of related experience, Preferred: Experience in the areas of learning, talent, HR, Operations, or R&D

  • In accordance with Policy 82 - 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.

Primary Location: Upper Gwynedd, PA (alternate PA/NJ locations)

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Other Locations: NA-US-NJ-Rahway, NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Title: Learning Partner, Comp, Bio-VAX, BDS LSS

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-Upper Gwynedd

Requisition ID: LEA000270