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Manufacturing Leadership Development Program
Join our group of purpose-driven people with a resolve to save and improve lives
Our Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is designed to develop emerging talent for business-critical positions of increasing responsibility within our Manufacturing Division, the part of our company devoted to formulating, packaging, and distributing our products.
Participants are placed in rotations that represent key business priorities to foster their development
A learning and development plan helps to supplement the rotational experience
A mentoring program is provided at three levels to coach each participant in career and leadership development
Annual program meetings facilitate a tight-knit network
Grasp the opportunity to go after something life changing
All program members receive a competitive salary and access to the full benefits programs offered by our company
Potential for one-year international assignments
Opportunities for international travel within domestic assignments are offered as the program experience includes network sites across the globe
Successful candidates are new college graduates with a bachelor's or master's degree in key STEM or supply chain majors.
Participants are selected through a rigorous assessment process to evaluate academic understanding in their fields as well as demonstrated leadership potential
We accept applications in the early fall
Hear from our team and our MLDPs
"The Manufacturing Leadership Development Program participants bring strong technical and leadership skills coupled with innovative thinking to invigorate and help shape the future of our company's Manufacturing Division. As an alumna of the program, it is incredible to sponsor talent recruitment and development of this team."
Vice President Manufacturing Strategy, Business Development and Alliances MLDP Executive Sponsor
"The Manufacturing Leadership Development Program allows for the MLDPs to get real-world manufacturing experience. It is incredible to watch the LDPs thrive in a highly complex, global work environment while continuing to enhance their technical and leadership skills."
Jen Hanrahan Director Manufacturing Leadership Development Program
"The Manufacturing Leadership Development Program is an important part of our Manufacturing Division (MMD). Members are impactful contributors to the critical business needs of MMD and are active in taking stretch assignments to grow their career. They are an energized group of the future leaders at our company."
Associate Director Manufacturing Leadership Development Program
I started my MLDP experience as an early start in Technical Operations in Durham, NC, then later transitioned to Global Engineering Solutions. Even within the same projects, I’ve gotten to practice many different skill sets, interface with equipment/processes, and develop my knowledge base while contributing to Merck’s inspiring mission. Technical, professional, and development competencies are the focus of my program and my experience thus far and I’ve seen an extremely worthwhile impact in my time at Merck from the MLDP program.
MLDP Class of 2022
The MLDP has given me the opportunity to experience vastly different roles that have refined my technical and strategic acumen, and have provided me with hands-on shop floor experience. I've also developed my leadership skills, received fantastic mentorship, and grown my professional network.
MLDP Class of 2021
The MLDP has provided me with a diverse skillset allowing me to enhance my leadership capabilities through my core roles, active Employee Business Resource Group involvement, and opportunities to network with senior leaders. And with the tight-knit group that is my cohort, there is always a support system to lean on!
MLDP Class of 2020
MLDP has been transformational to my development, both as an individual and as a leader. Having the opportunity to support three different areas of the business, from manufacturing to strategy development, has been incredibly rewarding and fulfilling. This program offers the perfect mixture of meaningful work, that is linked to our company’s mission, and development opportunities that will enable you to grow as a future leader of the company.
MLDP Class of 2020
The MLDP program has been a great stepping stone for me in terms of my career, with many opportunities and challenges to approach. One key benefit of the program would no doubt be exposure, from experiences in the shopfloor to interactions with global leadership, which will be key drivers for my development in my early career.
Kai Zhe Hew
MLDP Class of 2022
The MLDP has given me the opportunity to experiment and gain a wide breadth of knowledge through my distinct rotations. The highlight of my experience so far is learning a third language with the support of the program, using those skills through my rotations, and getting to work with individuals across the globe.
MLDP Class of 2021
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