Associate Director, General Management Acceleration Program (GMAP)

Date: Jun 10, 2019

Location: Kenilworth, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: ADM010439

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 General Management Acceleration Program (GMAP) is the Company’s “flagship” program to develop future global enterprise-wide leaders for our company. It is sponsored by the Office of the CEO. The term General Management is a reference to future Senior Leaders across the organization is not targeted to development of future Managing Directors.

In order to develop a unique general management skill set, the program will operate across geographies and functional areas including Finance, Global Human Health, Animal Health, Human Resources, Manufacturing, Research, and Strategy. 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 career aspirations, professional and developmental opportunities and business needs. 

Dependent upon current skill set, developmental needs, as well as the business needs, the successful candidate will commence in a 10-12 month assignment in one of seven core general management areas: Marketing, Product Development, Strategy, Supply Chain, Finance, Human Resources or Sales/Customer Centricity. 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 typically be placed in a subsequent core general management area, for a second 10-12 month assignment outside of their home country. This role will further accelerate the participant’s general management skills through exposure to additional functional areas, cultures, 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 identify roles in key market or worldwide headquarters, determined by business need with consideration of career interests. 

So, if you are … 
  • motivated to be part of the “flagship” future talent program of Merck 
  • recognized as a high performer and leader in your area by your peers and your leadership 
  • internationally mobile and interested in a dynamic general management career across divisions 
  • excited by hard, complex and ambiguous work 
  • please apply!  

Please upload, along with your resume, a one page response (maximum one page, Microsoft Word format, font size Arial 11) answering the following questions. This should be submitted at time of application.

1. What is your motivation for your application to the GMAP program? 
2. Describe your development needs. 
3. What are your career aspirations?
4. Describe the achievement you are most proud of and why?


  • Master's degree
  • Must possess a minimum of 4 years of professional work experience. 
  • Demonstrated interest and ability to take on increased responsibility and impact in areas of focus (e.g., work roles, extracurricular activities, education).
  • Fluency in English required.
  • Must be fully mobile; willing to relocate; and pursue different geographic opportunities. 
  • Superior communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong capacity for leadership and cross-functional teamwork in a diverse work environment.
  • Ability to take initiative, responsibility and demonstrate results-oriented project management.
  • High drive and commitment to develop through stretch assignments and grow a successful career at our Company.
  • Successful completion of leadership and critical thinking assessment and interview process.

    Ability to travel as the business demands; typically up to approximately 30%. 
  • Strongly preferred current possession of Master’s degree or completion of an advanced degree by March 2019.
  • Fluency in an additional language other than English.
  • Proven strong business acumen.

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. 

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to


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Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
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