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Merck Senior Specialist - Learning & Development Lead in Worthington, Minnesota

Job Description


  • Collaborate with site leaders and contributors to identify needed capabilities to enable business requirements for three sites: De Soto, KS | Ames, IA | Worthington, MN. | Estimated Travel 50%

  • Develop and execute departmental capability plans to achieve business results

  • Manage local execution of the global learning strategy and ensure site learning strategy is aligned to these common objectives

  • Foster a learning environment that promotes continuous improvement of skills

  • Support employees’ potential by providing Learning & Development (L&D) expertise as it relates to the employee’s development plan

  • Partner with Global L&D to implement and continuously improve Standard Site Learning Processes

  • Develop area capability plans and roadmap linked to business requirements, inclusive of job, functional and leadership skills as well as development of team capabilities

  • Implement, maintain and continuously improve standard site L&D processes, (Job Skills & Qualifications | SOP Process | Annual GMP | Safety Programs and New Employee Orientation | Strategic Divisional Work

  • Influences and promotes the organization in Permanent Inspection Readiness as it relates to Learning & Development

  • Collaborate with corporate teams and other sites to leverage best practices

  • Oversight of Site Master Training Plans including development and implementation, and escalation of gaps and/or issues

  • Delivers/Facilitates and arranges local coordination of training as necessary


  • At least a Bachelor's degree. Master's degree is preferred

Experience and Skills

  • Minimum five years of related proficiency in the areas of Learning | Talent & HR | Comparable Areas, with minimum one year of proficiency facilitating/delivering learning solutions

  • Biopharmaceutical and/or Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

  • Quality Management systems, cGMP, and regulatory inspections

  • Planning & Project Management

  • Curriculum Management

  • Leadership, Professional and Functional Competencies


  • Working knowledge of Adult Learning Principles

  • Working knowledge of Change Execution Management or similar framework

  • Knowledge of our Company E2E Business Process & Functions

  • Lean Manufacturing and Company Production Systems

  • Working knowledge of Behavioral Change and Consequence Management or similar framework

Other Personal Attributes

  • Working Across Boundaries | Decision Making and Critical Thinking | Fosters Interpersonal Relationships & Collaboration

  • Productive Communications (Verbal & Written) | Coaching | Drives Results | Growth Mindset

  • Integrated People and System Operations | Learning Consultation

  • Agile Learning Design & Execution | Learning Analytics | Learning Measurement & Evaluation

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

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 .

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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.

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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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Requisition ID: R102448