Communications Graduate Assistant

University of London (T/A Careers Group)
Feltham, Middlesex
23 Jul 2017
22 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Department: Communications

Salary: £10 per hour - £350 per week

Term: 12 months - Monday 16th October 2017 -12th October 2018

Hours: Full-time 35 hours

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

Deadline: Monday 14th August 2017, 10am

Merck is looking for young and ambitious graduates who are hungry to succeed. This is a role that grows with the candidate, the more you're willing to give in terms of high quality work the more you're going to get in return; increasingly high profile projects and responsibilities.

At Merck we want to support your growth both personally and professionally, giving you access to training, expertise and the experience required to succeed in today's corporate Healthcare landscape.

Merck are offering 5 exciting positions but this particular graduate placement will be based within the Communications department.

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate with great written and verbal skills to help manage Merck's internal and external communications. On the internal front you will leverage global and local materials utilising various communication channels to ensure employees are kept informed and motivated. Externally, you will be pivotal in creating and implementing programmes positioning Merck as a science and technology leader in key therapy areas including oncology and neurology.

This is a high profile role internally which has the scope to develop to hone a variety of skills. The individual:

  • Assists in disseminating global materials, plans and programmes to local internal and external audiences as appropriate
  • Manages content and communication channels targeting internal or external audiences within timeframes agreed by team
  • Drives key initiatives to support the Merck brand in an engaging manner utilising all available communication channels and tools i.e. print, digital, audio
  • Partner with key leadership team colleagues to effectively and efficiently create and deliver projects using multichannel approaches as appropriate
  • General project-related support for line manager and other team leaders
  • Contributes to the positioning of Merck values and business targets
  • Keeps Merck employees informed and involved

Primarily working as part of a team but may need to take lead on key internal communications projects leading colleagues from other departments to ensure delivery

The Company

Merck is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life - from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions.

Founded in 1668, Merck is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck, Darmstadt, Germany holds the global rights to the Merck name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.

Benefits of working for Merck

  • A fantastic opportunity to learn and develop your skills
  • Support your growth both personally and professionally
  • Merck will give you access to training, expertise and the experience required to succeed in today's corporate Healthcare landscape.
  • The potential to travel across the UK and Europe

The Candidate

  • The ideal candidate for this position would be:
  • Educated to degree level in any subject

Desirable experience:

  • Recent graduate (communications experience as part of degree studies welcome but not mandatory)
  • Record of delivery of cross-functional projects and working in teams
  • Knowledge of the healthcare environment (welcome but not mandatory)
  • Must be able to demonstrate initiative and creativity in problem solving and influencing change of behaviour

Mandatory experience

  • Time management. The successful graduate will be working on a variety of projects, some short term, some long term.
  • It is critical key projects are delivered by deadlines, this will be central to success in the role.
  • The successful graduate should have good command of the English language, both verbal and written. A large part of the role will be explaining initiatives and ideas through text and explaining initiatives to colleagues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. The role will involve interaction with a wide range of different personalities. A flexible, engaging and empathetic approach will be required.

Application Process

  1. Applicants should apply with their most up to date CV only, no cover letter required at this stage.
  2. All CVs will be filtered and screened by the University of London's Recruitment Team week commencing 7th August 2017.
  3. Once the Internships team at the University have filtered and screened all the applications; they will call all the suitable applicants over the phone. Unfortunately due to the high number of applications that we receive, we can only call the most suitable candidates.
  4. All of the successful candidates will be notified of the application process by the 18th August 2017.
  5. Candidates successful for the Interview stage will be notified by the end of August.
  6. Interviews will take place Tuesday 5th September.

All applications for all of the Graduate vacancies at Merck will be managed by the University of London, Internship team. Therefore, if you have any problems with applying or questions regarding the placement, Merck ask that you contact the University of London Internships team directly. Any candidates that contact Merck directly may be missed in the application process.