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Merck Sr. Specialist, HR Tech Talent and Global Talent Acquisition in Pierre, South Dakota

Job Description

The HR Tech Talent and Global Talent Acquisition (GTA) Sr Specialist has responsibility for supporting the ongoing management of our Company's HR technology solutions related to Talent and GTA processes. This position works closely with Process and Solutions leads within HR Technology as well as the Global Centers of Excellence (COE's). The Senior Specialist will support the Workday & Phenom People systems as well as assess and manage new demand for business requests and identify/recommend alternative solutions related to these functional areas. This role operates in a complex and matrixed environment and is expected to apply HR functional and technical expertise to drive performance. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished HR team member with project or operational team experience working globally.


  • Support our Company's Talent and GTA technology environment with a focus on Workday & Phenom People systems including configuration, testing and support.

  • Authors or facilitates the creation of functional or data integration requirements to effectively enable solutions and partners with IT on implementation

  • Supports data privacy processes required to be followed as part of system changes and works with Data Privacy Office and data steward to ensure Local and Global Data Privacy and works council approvals are obtained, as required

  • Works with solutions leads to define the testing strategy, develops test plans/scripts, and executes and/or facilitates user testing

  • Executes changes as required to support ongoing demand based on priorities and assesses the impact of bi-annual system updates. Serves as subject matter expert to consult with end-users on appropriate system processes and procedures.

  • Participates in projects and programs where functional processes are impacted, inclusive of mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures

  • Partners with the solution leads, global centers of excellence and IT to enable the evolving technology ecosystem

  • Supports Workday releases for areas supported

  • Enables technical needs in support of mergers and acquisitions

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelors degree with a minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in an HR/HRIS/IT/Operations function required.

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

  • Workday functional knowledge (Talent, Recruiting).

  • Ability to translate end-user requirements into technical functionality and vice versa.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities.

  • Ability to act as a change agent and lead others through change.

  • Ability to work independently and within a team and direct the resolution of highly complex or unusual business problems and translate HR/HRIS issues clearly and articulately into business terms

  • Juggle multiple priorities and manage expectations of different users and client groups.

  • Effectively communicate system capabilities and opportunities while demonstrating understanding of client needs and requirements.

  • Workday functional experience

  • Knowledge of Talent and Recruiting systems, processes and program knowledge

  • Project leadership expertise, managing in a deadline-driven environment

  • Initiative, creativity, with strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent analytical, technical, problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated competencies in relationship management, facilitation, influencing skills, and working globally as well as cross-functionally

  • A team-oriented style and a collaborative approach to getting work done. Ability to be hands-on and entrenched in the details when necessary

  • Ability to seek direction when needed as well as in working independently / self-directed with limited and/or an evolving set of available information

  • Strong understanding of and appreciation for data privacy concepts and principles (e.g., importance of securing data at rest and in transit, ensuring data is used in a way that is consistent with the intended purpose).

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Vendor sourcing & selection experience

  • HR Business Process improvement experience

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 …

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 .

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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.

Current Employees apply HERE ($1533/rel-task/3001$14.htmld)

Current Contingent Workers apply HERE ($4020.htmld)

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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.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, 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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No relocation

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Flexible Work Arrangements:

Flex Time, Remote Work, Telecommuting


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Requisition ID: R104677