Talent Acquisition Advisor - Research & Development (Hybrid)

USA - New Jersey - Rahway

Job Description

Join us as we revolutionize our service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of the healthcare industry and the dynamic shifts in employment trends. We're on a mission to transform traditional recruitment practices into a strategic powerhouse, and we're seeking a visionary Talent Acquisition Advisor to be part of our best-in-class team.

In this role, you'll be more than just a recruiter – you'll be a key architect of our transformation journey. Your primary responsibility will be to develop innovative recruitment strategies that not only attract top-tier talent but also align seamlessly with our organizational goals. Picture yourself not only filling positions but also offering invaluable insights to the business, from talent and competitor intelligence to crafting compelling employer branding strategies and nurturing relationships with universities to secure our future talent pipeline.

As part of our vision to become the leading healthcare company globally, you'll assist in building, strengthening, and expanding our key businesses by ensuring that our talent needs are not only met but exceeded. You'll provide leadership across cross-functional and cross-divisional teams, guiding them in implementing cutting-edge staffing initiatives and ensuring stakeholder participation and support every step of the way. Your expertise in behavioral-based interviewing will be essential as you deliver training to our client groups and influence hiring decisions at all levels of the organization.

*To better serve our clients and to maximize collaboration, you'll need to come to our office in West Point, PA or Rahway, NJ a minimum of 3 times per week.*

If you're ready to embark on a unique journey with us, where your skills will directly impact our growth and contribute to our vision of shaping the future of healthcare, we want to hear from you! Join us and let's redefine talent acquisition together.

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum 6 years’ experience in Talent Acquisition (with Masters’ degree, minimum experience is 4 years); or relevant applicable experience

  • Experience with direct sourcing strategy and execution

  • In depth knowledge of recruitment databases and best practices

  • Ability to navigate fast-paced, high-volume environments

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience within the pharmaceutical industry supporting R&D recruitment

  • Prior Agency recruitment experience  

  • Experience with recruitment marketing strategy & execution

  • Workday experience


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.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders).  Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

Current Employees apply HERE

Current Contingent Workers apply HERE

US and Puerto Rico Residents Only:

Our company is committed to inclusion, ensuring that candidates can engage in a hiring process that exhibits their true capabilities. Please click here if you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.  For more information about personal rights under the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment laws, visit:

EEOC Know Your Rights

EEOC GINA Supplement​

Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination

We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively.

Learn more about your rights, including under California, Colorado and other US State Acts

U.S. Hybrid Work Model

Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence.  This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

Under New York State, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$101,100.00 - $159,100.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, long term incentive if applicable, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. A summary of benefits is listed here.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully 
Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, 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. 

Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:


Flexible Work Arrangements:



1st - Day

Valid Driving License:


Hazardous Material(s):


Job Posting End Date:


*A job posting is effective until 11:59:59PM on the day BEFORE the listed job posting end date. Please ensure you apply to a job posting no later than the day BEFORE the job posting end date.


Job Profile


North America


United States


Flexible work arrangements


Behavioral-based Interviewing Collaboration Direct Sourcing Healthcare Innovation Leadership Marketing Marketing Strategy Pharmaceutical Industry R Recruitment Recruitment Databases Recruitment Marketing Recruitment Strategy Training Workday

  • Deliver training on behavioral-based interviewing
  • Develop innovative recruitment strategies
  • Influence hiring decisions
  • Provide leadership across teams

6 years


Business Master's


Hybrid Hybrid work model On-site required 3 times per week


America/Anchorage America/Chicago America/Denver America/Los_Angeles America/New_York Pacific/Honolulu UTC-10 UTC-5 UTC-6 UTC-7 UTC-8 UTC-9