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Human Resources Student Placement Job

Date: Oct 26, 2017

Location: Hoddesdon, ENG, GB

Company: MSD

Requisition ID: HUM005229

MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.


Right now, thousands of MSD associates are working to cure the world’s most complex diseases. We know that our people are the key to our success, which is why our Human Resources division takes pride in building teams of skilled, forward-thinking individuals who contribute to MSD’s pioneering medical advancements. Our Human Resources department shares a spirit of attentive enthusiasm that helps support our associates in achieving new milestones in global healthcare.


Joining our dedicated and talented team for 12 months at our Hoddesdon site as a placement student will help build a strong foundation for success in your future.

At MSD placement students can gain experience within a team comprising individuals from many backgrounds with different roles, but all working together to deliver on the same promise: finding new ways to create a healthier future. Uncompromising dedication to the people who depend on our products is a passion we all share.

The Human Resources Department is responsible for providing support to the whole of MSD UK and MSD Animal Health. The Human Resources Department helps the business to meet its objectives through organisational development, talent management, managing employee relations and actively driving learning and development.

The successful candidate will gain a full insight into the policies and practices of a Human Resources Department within a global company. Working in a professional and friendly environment, you will oversee a project, which will provide a fantastic opportunity to interact with internal and external customers, allowing you the opportunity to develop project management skills. In addition, you will be supporting the Human Resources Team, both the administrators and the Human Resources Business Partners, enabling you to gain a good knowledge of the different departments within MSD whilst developing your interpersonal and communication skills.

Throughout your 12 months here, you will be given the opportunity to learn about the business as a whole. Experiences will include field visits with our Sales Department and the opportunity to attend various business meetings, both on and off site – with the option to focus on the areas that are of most interest to you.

Key Objectives

1. To successfully manage the Student Placement scheme for the following year

2. To build a thorough understanding of MSD and the active role that Human Resources plays in helping the organisation to meet its objectives

Key Responsibilities

  • Project manage the Student Placement scheme for the 2017-2018 intake, liaising both with managers and Universities – you will see the process through from advertising the positions to short-listing applicants right through to organising the induction

  • Partake in AdHoc HR related projects

  • Support the Human Resources team in their daily activities

  • Opportunity to be trained in the Audio Visual Studio, to create video content for the HR Department


Key Capabilities/Skills

  • Ability to communicate accurately both verbally and in writing

  • Good organiser and administrator

  • Team player, learning from and helping others overcome obstacles

  • Confident with a willingness to get involved

  • Strong sense of urgency, takes initiative to do things without being asked

  • Has a can do attitude, anticipates problems and proposes solutions, approaches work challenges creatively with fresh ideas

  • Listens and adapts to improve

  • Ability to run projects with a good eye for detail

  • A self starter who can be relied upon to work without supervision

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft packages (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Education and Experience

  • Working towards a minimum of a 2:1 in a Human Resources or Business related degree

  • Entering your third or penultimate year of study, returning to your degree course at the end of the placement

Next Steps

  • Stage 1
    Fill in our online application form and submit your CV

  • Stage 2
    If successful at stage 1, you will be invited to take part in an online test

  • Stage 3
    If successful at stage 2, you will be invited to a telephone interview

  • Stage 4
    And finally, if you’ve impressed us through Stages 1 -3, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre where you will take part in a variety of activities and have the opportunity to gain a better insight into MSD

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to meet fellow students before commencing the placement and have a handover with the current student.


Your role at MSD is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At MSD, we’re inventing for life.

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