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Location: London
Position: Project Management
Salary: £21,000 per annum (£403.85 per week)
Date Posted: 11 July 2018
Vacancy Type: Graduate Internship
Job Description:
Job title: Corporate Affairs & Project Support Associate

Level: Graduate entry level

Department: Commercial Excellence Team

Salary: £21,000 per annum (Please note that a salary increase is not negotiable at this stage)

Term: 12 months - ASAP

Hours: Full-time 35 hours

Location: Middlesex, Feltham (Piccadilly line- West London)

Deadline:  shortlisting ASAP

Interviews to take place week commencing the 23rd July 2018.

Job vision

Merck is looking for an enthusiastic candidate with a demonstrable interest in British politics and industrial policy, with outstanding written and verbal communication skills, and who has a desire to develop project management skills, to support Merck’s growing Corporate Affairs and Strategic Programme Management functions on a 12 month paid internship.   

Working across all three of Merck’s business sectors in the UK which span 14 sites, this individual will play a pivotal role in supporting external events, key stakeholder meetings, providing strategic project management support and assisting some group-wide media activity.  They will lead on political monitoring and briefing work across a diverse range of topics from Brexit, industrial strategy to life sciences and energy.  They will also be an internal champion for the function, communicating about activity and outcomes.

Please note that this role is office based but we are seeking candidates who are willing and able to travel occasionally within the UK for meetings and events.

This role also provides a fantastic opportunity to develop a strong project management skillset.

Key responsibilities  

Support the Corporate Affairs Director, site heads and business leads to build the reputation of the organisation with key stakeholders based in the UK, including national and regional Government, Parliament, think tanks, industry associations and partners.

  • Monitor UK politics and policy development, including on Brexit, business and trade, health, science, technology and innovation, and keep the business updated on relevant developments.
  • Develop briefing materials for Merck representatives ahead of key stakeholder meetings, ensuring all messaging is consistent and aligned with approved positions.
  • Contribute to the development of UK policy positions on key areas of interest to the business.
  • Support the planning and delivery of external stakeholder engagement, including site MP/MSP visits, as well as event logistics and attendance, ensuring relevant materials and position papers are produced and shared with key internal stakeholders.
  • Support local media engagement around site activity and potential to support national media engagement profiling Merck’s senior leaders.
  • Provide internal updates, through a range of channels, on Corporate Affairs activity and successes.

Strategic programme management support:

  • Project support for the Brexit preparedness programme
  • Facilitate the development of the agenda for internal leadership team meetings

Candidate requirements

  • Demonstrable interest in UK politics, preferably with some experience working in a political or policy environment
  • Communications and events experience preferred
  • Strong interest in science, technology and healthcare
  • Strong and demonstrable internal and external stakeholder management skills
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to analyse and summarise complex and technical information
  • Must be able to demonstrate initiative and be able to work independently

Competencies for the role

  • Time management
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Attention to detail is critical
  • Excellent command of the English language, both verbal and written. 
  • Good emotional intelligence and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Minute taking


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