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2021 Policy Academy Associate - Washington, DC #7667553

Company: Merck & Co., Inc.

Date: 10/17/2020

City: Washington, DC

Employment type: Full-time

Job Description

The Policy Academy offers opportunities for rising professionals who wish to grow as future global leaders. Today's complex and fast-paced healthcare policy environment requires professionals that have the right tools and experiences to manage diverse teams, cross-sector programs and transnational challenges.

We partner with the business to ensure we maintain our company's values and high ethical standards, comply with the law, protect our people and enhance our reputation. We strive to foster an environment that is inspiring, supportive and diverse.

In support of our global business, the successful candidate may be located in a variety of geographies dependent upon a number of factors including, but not limited to: participant interest and skill set, developmental needs, professional opportunities and business needs.

The successful candidate will commence two x 10-12 month assignments:

The first assignment will be based at a Company site in the candidate's home country. During the first rotation, participants are expected to gain knowledge of their assigned functional area, work with their senior mentor, partake in specially designed leadership development training, participate in peer coaching and deliver on special projects to address unique business needs in their region, as identified by the Senior Management.

Following the successful completion of the first rotational assignment, the successful candidate will be placed in a second 10-12 month assignment outside of their home country. This role will further accelerate the participants' skills through exposure to additional functional areas, continued leadership development training and partnership with peers and senior mentors, as well as delivering on projects in their new regions. Upon completion of the program the participants will be placed in a target role in key market or worldwide headquarters, determined by business need with consideration of career interests.

So, if you are …

  • motivated to be a change-maker and future thought-leader at our Company
  • recognized as an ambitious leader by your peers and your leadership
  • high ethics and integrity and ability to navigate challenging circumstances
  • internationally mobile, resilient and interested in a dynamic and fast-paced policy environment across geographies
  • excited by the complex and ambiguous work needed to bring innovation to patients

….please apply

Who we're looking for:

  • MPA (Master of Public Administration) or MPP (Master of Public Policy) program graduates
  • 3-5 years professional experience (policy advocacy, government)
  • Deep interest in the healthcare, international policy / trade, population health
  • Passion for making an impact in patient lives

Required Education and Experience:

  • MPA (Master of Public Administration) or MPP (Master of Public Policy) program graduates
  • Candidates must possess a minimum of 3 years of professional work experience.
  • Candidates must have demonstrated interest and ability to take on increased responsibility and impact in areas of focus (e.g., work roles, extracurricular activities, education).
  • Candidates must have fluency in English required.
  • Candidates must be fully mobile; willing to relocate; and pursue different geographic opportunities.
  • Candidates must be superior communication, policy analysis, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Candidates must have strong capacity for leadership and cross-functional teamwork in a diverse work environment.
  • Candidates must have ability to take initiative, responsibility and demonstrate results-oriented project management.
  • Candidates must have high drive and commitment to develop through stretch assignments and grow a successful career at our Company.
  • Candidates must have ability to travel as the business demands; typically up to approximately 30%.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have current possession of Master's degree or completion of an advanced degree by May 2021.
  • Candidates should have fluency in an additional language other than English.
  • Candidates should have proven strong business acumen.

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.




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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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