Associate Director, Compensation Operations

Merck Cherokee

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Kenilworth, NJ

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Job Description

The Associate Director, Compensation Operations is a highly visible role, responsible for leading our ongoing cyclical activities and global initiatives which help evolve our underlying compensation platforms in response to global market conditions. This individual maintains a strong focus on implementation and operational excellence, with ample opportunity to lead and partner with a cross-functional HR network.

The ideal candidate is a highly effective consensus builder, strong in the fundamentals of compensation administration and open to new challenges and forward looking initiatives. This individual plays a critical role in delivering our company's compensation strategy and programs to enable our competitive advantage around the world.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership around the development of compensation-related processes and the integration of compensation structure changes aligned to our CoE’s strategy

  • Oversee the support for process-related escalations in partnership with our global service delivery teams

  • Review & approve technical and process-oriented aspects of compensation communications, focusing on change impacts to the organization and our service delivery model

  • Drive the execution and continuous improvement of compensation processes

  • Maintain and assess the effectiveness of tools available to our stakeholders including our HRBP and global talent acquisition teams to support compensation decision making

  • Provide insight and analytics into user behavior in cyclical and off-cycle processes

  • Present material to senior level executives and provide training to global stakeholders on utilization of comp planning tools

Cyclical Compensation Activity

  • Oversee end-to-end delivery of all aspects of the annual compensation process with a cross-functional year-end network, including the implementation of compensation strategy changes within Workday’s Advanced Compensation environment

  • Establish local and global eligibility requirements related to annual salary increase, bonus, and equity awards

  • Facilitate year-round data audits focused on global compensation data integrity

  • Continuously improve compensation processes, with a focus around governance models and solutions that advance the efficiency and effectiveness of self-service

  • Oversee and coordinate our global pay equity activity with a cross-functional network

  • Participate in and support M&A projects as needed


  • Strong knowledge of global compensation programs

  • Ability to collaborate in a globally matrixed organization

  • Capable of making sound decisions and adapting communications styles to various stakeholder groups with a high degree of conviction

  • Strong functional leadership and problem-solving skills

  • Confident and comfortable in creating and delivering presentations to various levels of the organization

Education & Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree is required

  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive work experience with broad-based and/or executive compensation programs

  • Workday HCM / Workday Advanced Comp knowledge and deployment experience is preferred

  • Broad total rewards experience in areas of equity, US benefits and retirement administration is a plus

Our Human Health Division maintains a “patient first, profits later” ideology. The organization is comprised of sales, marketing, market access, digital analytics and commercial professionals who are passionate about their role in bringing our medicines to our customers worldwide.

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.


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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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