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Manufacturing Leadership Development Program, NL

Boxmeer, Netherlands

Job Description


The Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is our flagship global manufacturing graduate program. Our simple objective is to identify, hire, and develop our future Manufacturing Leaders. If you have the profile of being a Manufacturing Leader, we are eager to engage with you, accelerate your development, and bring greater value to our patients worldwide.

Over a 3-year rotation program we would significantly invest in your development giving you exposure and experience across our business, preparing you for a role in leadership. You would receive coaching from senior leaders, exposure to real life manufacturing challenges and training from industry leading scientists and engineers. In a short space of time you will be contributing to significant projects and be making key decisions that directly impact how we make pharmaceuticals and deliver them to our patients globally.

We hire a small number of members each year for this program, and we work hard to ensure that we truly select candidates with the greatest potential to lead.

The Manufacturing Leadership Development Program has two primary goals:

  • Provide candidates who have Bachelor’s or Master's degree level in the required fields listed below with a broad perspective of the core manufacturing functions of our company’s pharmaceutical, biological, animal health and vaccine products.

  • Develop a bench of talent who can prepare for future leadership positions of increasing responsibility within the organization through focused rotational experiences within the key areas of our Manufacturing Division.

The program enables successful candidates to experience (3) rotations over a three-year period with each rotation lasting (1) year. Employees are assigned to rotations based on business needs and aligned to develop critical experiences. In addition to their assignments, employees receive mentoring from peers and senior leaders during their assignment. Rotation members should expect to work at different high impact sites during their tenure in the program and should have flexibility to move where assigned to meet business needs. It is expected that a candidate moves between sites during the program, as this allows the employee to gain the broadest perspective of the division and to maximize accelerated learning and exposure.

Within the rotation, some domestic and international business travel may be available or required. International rotation assignments are not guaranteed.

The program is designed to strengthen the candidates' skills in teamwork, collaboration, and leadership. The program also includes a formal learning curriculum, designed to enhance a wide variety of competencies including but not limited to:

  • Business outcomes across the end-to-end supply chain

  • Continuous improvement/Problem solving

  • Lean Manufacturing

  • Quality/Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)

  • Managing and Optimizing internal and external partnerships

  • Strategic Thinking

  • Financial Acumen

The successful candidate is:

  • Interested in participating in a broad range of work experiences across the manufacturing division.

  • Able to work independently, in teams, and lead teams.

  • Able to adapt to new roles, responsibilities, and situations.

  • Motivated to cultivate their leadership skills along with their technical, business and commercial skills by applying their knowledge within manufacturing.

  • Committed to both their own career development as well as bringing their best to our company.


BS or MS in one of the following:

  • Bio engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering

  • Biotechnology

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Industrial Engineering

  • Supply Chain/Logistics

  • Biochemistry

  • Chemistry

  • Microbiology

  • Regulatory Sciences

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate must have graduated from a college by the program start date – August 1, 2024

  • Candidate must be willing to be assigned to different jobs and different sites over the first three years of employment.

  • Ability to travel and willingness to be assigned to any company site

  • Minimum of B2 Level Dutch is required

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate has demonstrated leadership experience in field of study, extracurricular activity, previous internship or undergraduate research, or prior work experience.

  • Candidate should possess superior communication and interpersonal skills, a team-player with the ability to work independently.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

If you have questions regarding this opportunity?

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Only application via the career portal will be considered.

Current Employees apply HERE

Current Contingent Workers apply HERE

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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.

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