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Tax Director

Merck Rahway, New Jersey
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May 14, 2024
Rahway, New Jersey

Job Description

Job Description: 

Our Finance team brings together our financial perspectives into our overall strategic and tactical decision making. We use state-of-the-art techniques for financial analysis, planning, accounting, reporting and performance evaluation. This allows the organization to continue advancing medical innovation and improve lives.

Position Description: 

The Director – International Tax will report directly to the Director, Tax Operations, located in Rahway, NJ.

 Responsibilities will include, but not limited to:

  • Responsible for preparation and review of US international tax compliance forms and disclosures (Forms 5471, 8858, 8865, 1118, 8991, 8992, 8993)

  • Responsible for US international tax calculations, including but not limited to Subpart F, GILTI, FDII, FTC, BEAT, 163j, 986, and 987

  • Advise and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders for Pillar 2 readiness,

  • Assist with ASC 740 review,

  • Responsible for country-by-country reporting and filing of Form 8975 and Schedule A

  • Ensure timely compliance for international requirements including, FBAR, FATCA and Pillar 2 reporting,

  • Assist with cross-border structuring and planning to support various business initiatives, including analysis and modeling for tax impacts,

  • Develop dividend planning opportunities to repatriate cash in a tax-efficient manner and support Treasury for cash management,

  • Prepare and review responses to the IRS on audits,

  • Complete special assignments and projects as assigned by management,

  • Monitor relevant international legislative and regulatory changes and its impact on the Company's effective tax rate and reporting,

  • Implement and manage automated processes and solutions, aiming for process efficiencies.


  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant international tax compliance experience

  • Advanced degree (MS in Taxation or CPA)

  • Proficient understanding of ASC 740 related to international tax matters and its impact on the effective tax rate,

  • Strong research, analytical, organizational, written, and oral communication skills

  • Highly organized and initiative-taking with strong intellectual curiosity and willingness to take ownership of complex problems,

  • Excellent collaborator with good people skills,

  • Prior management experience with a strong ability to impart knowledge and develop team members,

  • Advanced Excel skills required to support compliance work, review, and model tax analysis,

  • Technology and tax compliance software experience (Corptax, HFM, SAP, SmartView).


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 separationpackage, 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.

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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:

$164,800.00 - $259,400.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days.  For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed 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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No relocation

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Requisition ID:R290459

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