Florian Bender

Director / Team Lead Inhouse Consulting, Merck

My Job as Inhouse Consultant:

I joined Merck in January 2020. From the very beginning, I have been involved in a broad range of exciting projects across Merck. On top of the project work, I have been responsible for several topics related to the development of our colleagues (e.g., providing trainings to more junior colleagues) as well as in the recruiting of new colleagues. Since my promotion to my role as a Team Lead, I am more involved in people management topics, but enjoy that I still have sufficient capacity to drive projects with our clients.

My daily challenges:

As the Inhouse Consulting unit of Merck, we support challenging & impactful projects and have a strong mandate to attract and develop talents for Merck. While our colleagues are fully empowered to drive their projects and are the face to the client, the leadership team plays an important role in coaching and developing the individual team members. Due to the diversity of our projects and team, every day is different and brings new surprises and challenges – which is exactly what I love about the job.

Why I like to work as Inhouse Consultant:

Our value proposition describes very well what I like about Inhouse Consulting. Firstly, we are truly living the empowerment principle. Consultants own the process across the entire project lifecycle – from creating the project proposal to closing the project. This trust is very motivating and rewarding for our colleagues. Secondly, it is not just about consulting, but also about career development. Inhouse Consulting provides a great career platform, as our colleagues receive attractive opportunities within the Merck business through their strong network. Lastly, we have a flexible work model that allows to find a great balance between professional and private commitments.

What I like most about being an Inhouse Consultant:

I am very passionate about consulting, as I love solving problems, tackling new challenges and working together with great colleagues. Inhouse consulting provides a great environment for this. Another great benefit of being an inhouse consultant (compared to an external consultant) is that we can build more long-term relationships with our clients (who are actually colleagues) and that we can observe the results of our work after its implementation.

My life before joining the Inhouse Consultancy:

I have completed university degrees in Business Mathematics and Business Administration / International Management. Several strategy- and consulting-related internships showed me already relatively early on during my studies that consulting could be a great career path for me. After my graduation, I joined McKinsey & Company, before I eventually joined Merck.

What I like to do in my spare time:

Whenever I have the opportunity, I enjoy travelling and exploring other countries & cultures (island hopping in the Philippines is next on my list). While I truly enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, ziplining, whitewater rafting or canyoning, I have been a table tennis big fan for many years and regularly participate in competitions together with my team. When I am not travelling or doing sports, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am very grateful that our work model not only provides a great environment for professional development, but also sufficient time and flexibility for leisure activities.