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In April 2020, Merck announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ by 2023. Therefore, this role will be temporarily based in a different NJ location and the exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.

Attention NJ Applicants:

In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ by 2023. Therefore, the NJ work location for this role will be temporarily based and the exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.

The Global Communications function is a group of strategists focused on telling our company's story to the world. We are looking for people to join the Global Communications team who are passionate about raising our reputation and having a positive impact on our business and the purpose of using the power of leading-edge science to save and improve lives around the world.

This position serves as the Editor-in-Chief and lead content strategist for Global Communications. The ideal candidate will work across the organization to develop and oversee the execution of the overall communications strategy to support the company’s strategic priorities, effectively tell our story and build the corporate brand.

Oversight of internal and external communications for our owned channels with the ability to work at a strategic and tactical level to manage, create, edit and flight content for an ever-expanding set of channels and platforms including intranet, internal and external social media, corporate website, e-mail, video and more. The Editor-in-Chief will supervise a team of content creators (direct and indirect reports, both full-time employees and contractors) and manage content spanning long-form editorial, campaigns and social content. The Editor-in-Chief will work closely with the Media Relations, Executive Communications and Enterprise Social Media teams to leverage content opportunities consistent with our strategy and narrative. 

This position requires a candidate with a discerning eye for a large volume of content and the ability to triage and sequence high-quality communications across a variety of channels. Will require maturity, confidence and emotional intelligence to effectively and professionally support and decline communication requests across the organization. Given the global footprint of the company, this position will need to be knowledgeable of cultural differences that shape communication needs and preferences across regions of the world. 

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates with the leadership team and across the communications organization to formulate and manage an integrated content strategy and communications plan.
  • Generate, review and edit communications across a multitude of internal and external channels.
  • Manages editorial planning and strategy, driving content ideas to the proper channels and setting appropriate project timelines.
  • Ensures the implementation of corporate messaging across channels.
  • Partners with channels team to regularly evaluate the effectiveness of communications and implement new approaches to improve engagement.
  • Maintains consistency of corporate messaging and acts as a steward of the company brand.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or related field.
  • eight years of experience in marketing and communications, 5+ years in a management role.
  • Experience in a newsroom environment, ideally broadcast television or digital publication or a senior level role within a communications function in a large, heavily-matrixed, multinational company.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, and possess strong organization, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills.
  • Ability to juggle competing demands and high-pressure situations.
  • Impeccable judgement and ability to assess and respond to market events.
  • Leadership to appropriately guide, mentor and develop team members.
  • Maturity, and confidence to decline content requests that are not in alignment with strategic intent.
  • Attention to detail particularly around grammar, spelling, and sourcing of facts.

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Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.

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 their 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 this in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines to require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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