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Associate director release management


This is a Full-time position in Kenilworth, NJ posted December 13, 2019.

Job Description Right now, around 70,000 of our employees are working to cure the world’s most complex diseases.

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, agile and flexible.

The Associate Director of Program and Release Management has responsibility for supporting the overall HR Information Management function for all system releases, system change management, system governance and tenant management activities.

This position will also support issue/ case management with vendors, ensure adherence to necessary compliance requirements and support the prioritization and deployment of new functionality, system upgrades, change requests and process improvements.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Support the ongoing operations of Workday with specific focus on tenant management and upgrade / functionality releases Manage and maintain the system change management and governance processes working closely with counterparts in our Company’s IT organization Manage overall regression testing approach and processes across functions in support system upgrades / functionality releases Work with HR Organizational Readiness to ensure appropriate change management and communication activities are executed Maintain system compliance with IT Risk and Data privacy policies, inclusive of GDPR and other local privacy regulations for systems within the HR organization Management and oversight of the system / enhancement release schedule as it relates to all HR information systems Ensuring effective, controlled and compliant HR processes and systems that meet internal audit, SDLC (system development life cycle), and external regulatory requirements Manage the HR / IT portfolio of work in support of HR applications Identify opportunities for continued automation, efficiency and improvements in usability and scalability Analyze and prioritize system enhancements, change requests, and defects in alignment with business priorities Work closely with HR solutions leadership to understand existing needs, priorities, case volumes and capability gaps to help drive prioritization activities This role will operate in a highly complex and matrix environment and is expected to apply HR functional and technical expertise to drive performance.

The ideal candidate will have a strong information systems background with knowledge of HR business processes and data, as well as knowledge and experience in managing / governing system releases and tenants / environments for cloud technologies.

He/she will have a track record that demonstrates the following competencies: Ability to quickly assesses business needs to identify opportunities Workday / HR systems & process knowledge Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities Experience working in a highly regulated environment and managing to system development life cycle requirements Ability to act as a change agent and lead others through change Ability to work independently and within a large global organization Juggle multiple priorities and manage expectations of different users and client groups Ability to establish and manage governance structures with a broad range of stakeholders Ability to synthesize qualitative and quantitative information to drive insights and set prioritization Qualifications: Education Minimum Requirement: Bachelor’s degree Required Experience and Skills: Minimum of 8-10 years of progressive experience in an HRIS and/or IT Workday functional and/or technical experience 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.

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organization.

Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico.

We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific.

We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives.

With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers.

We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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.




NOTICE FOR INTERNAL APPLICANTS 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.

If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.comFor more information about personal rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, visit: EEOC PosterEEOC GINA Supplement​OFCCP EEO Supplement OFCCP Pay Transparency Rule We are an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

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Requisition ID:R25184