Associate Specialist, Office of Corporate Responsibility (Kenilworth, NJ):

Kenilworth New Jersey
Requisition ID: COR000203

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 Associate Specialist serves as the Grants Coordinator for all incoming charitable contributions and grant requests for the Office of Corporate Responsibility (OCR) and the Merck Foundation. The Associate Specialist also serves as the OCR subject matter expert for the online grants management system and provides guidance to other system users within Merck as needed.

Key responsibilities include and are not limited to the following: 
  • Routing funding requests to appropriate team members through the online grants management system 
  • Coordinating all necessary and subsequent steps in the completion of the grant-making process, including due diligence review and adherence to compliance requirements, executing letters of agreement with prospective grantees, overseeing execution of grant check runs, and ensuring checks are distributed to prospective grantees 
  • Transparency reporting of charitable grants and contributions and supporting tax filings for Merck Foundation 
  • Contributions/Foundation budget monitoring and reconciliation with SAP and the online grants management system for charitable grants and other expenditures 
  • Monitoring and responding to inquiries related to Merck’s charitable giving, completion of industry surveys and other department and program support as needed 

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • BA/BS degree

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with financial and/or grant management systems 
  • Financial aptitude and experience that includes monitoring a budget
  • Experience with SAP 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail 
  • Effective communication skills - both written and verbal
  • Ability to analyze and solve routine problems 
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks concurrently 
  • Strong time management skills


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. 

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Job: Corporate Resp./Philanthropy
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
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Company Trade Name: Merck
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