Shi Han Tay
Graduate Inhouse Consulting – Singapore Office, Merck
My Job as Inhouse Consultant:
I joined Merck as a Graduate Consultant in 2021, to be part of the APAC team in Singapore. I serve clients across the APAC region in all three of our business units which are Life Sciences, Healthcare and Electronics. The projects involve various topics such as strategy & execution or process improvement.
My daily challenges:
The Graduate Consultant Program offers a unique opportunity to high potential individuals with dual interest in both natural science and business. In my first year, I typically support the senior consultants in two different projects through project management, data analysis and presentations. In my second year, the program supports station rotations which allow me to customize my development and network to fit my long-term career interest.
Why I like to work as Inhouse Consultant:
The flexibility and customization of the Graduate Consultant Program makes it a great starting point for my career at Merck! Shifting projects every 3-4 months provides a constant learning curve to satisfy my curiosity. On top of that, I get to co-create solutions with other Merck colleagues and it’s amazing how much talent we have across the organization!
What I like most about being an Inhouse Consultant:
In addition, your clients being your colleagues create a culture of transparency and teamwork in our consulting projects. This also makes it easier to remain in contact with the clients after the project. The best part is sometimes, through coffee chats and catch-ups, you get a good surprise of hearing how your strategy was later brought to life to yield meaningful impact in the company!
My life before joining the Inhouse Consultancy:
Before joining Merck, I was a Regulatory Affairs and Product Safety Manager at Procter & Gamble. I also have an educational background geared towards the Sciences, with a Bachelors in Life Sciences and a Master of Science in Toxicology.
What I like to do in my spare time:
In my spare time, I enjoy HIIT workouts to keep myself active, especially after a long day in front of a laptop. I also enjoy travelling and photography to experience a diversity of culture and unique cuisines.