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Merck Associate Director, Talent Assessment in Helena, Montana

Job Description

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.

The Associate Director, Talent Assessment is a critical member of the Global Talent, Leadership and Culture organization, and will play a key role in shaping our talent strategy and developing solutions that unleash the full potential of our workforce. This person will leverage their expertise in talent assessment to manage the company’s portfolio of assessments for both selection and development. This includes leading a major redesign of our assessment portfolio and partnering closely with key stakeholders in talent acquisition, talent management, HR operations, and the business. They will lead large-scale projects, manage multiple vendors, and serve as the company’s primary internal consultant and subject matter expert on assessment.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Directly responsible for the design and implementation of our company’s global assessment portfolio for hiring, development, and talent management

  • Lead a major HR workstream to onboard a new vendor and introduce new assessment tools for hiring and development globally

  • Act as a key partner to Global Talent Acquisition, designing processes and providing support to enable the use or assessment for hiring across all levels, divisions, and geographies

  • Act as a key partner to colleagues in Global Talent Management to support assessments for coaching, leadership development programs, learning, and talent development

  • Manage relationships with multiple external assessment partners

  • Proactively identify leading-edge assessment practices to elevate our company’s talent management solutions.

  • Maintain knowledge, network, and expertise in talent assessment.

  • Lead research initiatives to validate and demonstrate ROI of our assessment tools and processes; leverage assessment data to garner organizational insights related to our workforce

  • Build the capability of HR colleagues and the business to use assessments as part of their talent strategies according to evidence-based best practices.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology


  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in HR (6 years with a PhD)

  • Minimum 2 years of experience focused on Talent Assessments

  • Technical expertise and industry experience in talent assessment

Critical Leadership Skills include:

  • Execution Excellence: Must act proactively and independently to deliver exceptional products and services to assessment users and key stakeholders

  • Strategic Planning: Must be able to drive progress against large, complex, long-term projects by prioritizing critical outcomes, identifying and securing needed resources, and managing project timelines and deliverables

  • Networking and Partnerships: Must demonstrate exceptional communication, consulting, and partnering skills to work with diverse stakeholders across HR and the business

  • Influence: Must be able to communicate the value of our assessment strategy and build a compelling case to secure buy-in and resources for key initiatives

  • Decision Making: Must exercise strong judgment and critical thinking, being analytical and evidence-based

  • Must demonstrate integrity, ethics, and discretion in handling sensitive information

  • Should be highly proficient in leveraging digital tools to create high-quality deliverables, including Microsoft products (e.g., PowerPoint, Excel), as well as navigating assessment tools and platforms provided by our assessment suppliers


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.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

Current Employees apply HERE ($6687.htmld)

Current Contingent Workers apply HERE ($4020.htmld)

US and Puerto Rico Residents Only:

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. For more information about personal rights under the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment laws, visit:

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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.

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U.S. Hybrid Work Model

Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

Under New York State, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$122,800.00 - $193,300.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here ( .

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: R285084