Meet Commander Adam Scott, who came to Merck through the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows program, which pairs military officers with organizations in a variety of industries.

Although he didn’t fly any E-6B Mercury’s or Boeing 737’s during his recent fellowship at Merck, U.S. Navy Commander Adam Scott was still able to find some excitement (as well as insight) while here.

One of many things that impressed me about Merck is the incredible focus on talent management and the significant investment Merck makes in developing its people.

- Adam Scott


“I've been the mission commander, an aircraft commander, and an air-refueling pilot and instructor pilot for the E-6B Mercury, among other roles. The Navy trusts young naval aviators with an incredible amount of responsibility. In my role as a mission commander, I've flown missions all over the world with some of the best crews on the planet. As an aircraft commander, I was responsible for the safe operation of the aircraft as well as the well-being of my crew. I loved being an instructor pilot; I enjoy teaching people and helping them apply their book-smarts into practice (I instructed in the Boeing 737 and the Beechcraft T-6 Texan II, as well). I’ve also been a test pilot, which lets me test and improve the newest equipment before it goes to the fleet.”

Commander Scott came to Merck through the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows program, which pairs military officers with organizations in a variety of industries. Adam is Merck’s fourth fellow, joining our Global Security Group under the mentorship of Grant Ashley, who is Merck’s vice president of Global Security and Aviation, and Allen Phelps, Merck’s director of Intellectual Property and Trade Secret Protection. The Global Security Group helps to protect Merck's physical and intellectual property, as well as our workers.

Over the course of Adam’s nine months with Merck, he gained insights into a variety of areas within the company, including learning how Merck protects our intellectual property and trade secrets, how project management works within our research laboratories, account management and contract negotiations as well as how to conduct internal audits.

“When I applied to the Corporate Fellows Program, I wanted to gain different perspectives as well as learn about an organization from the inside out,” he explained.

What struck me was how many similarities there are between Merck and the military – they are both global in nature and significant emphasis is placed on diversity and talent development while living by a set of high standards and integrity.

Next up for Commander Scott will be a position back in the Navy, leading a team who will be responsible for setting up the depot and intermediate maintenance capabilities for the Navy's new maritime patrol aircraft, the P-8A, known as “The Poseidon.” “The team's budget is about a billion dollars over the next three years,” he notes. “I hope to bring everything I’ve learned at Merck into helping me lead this team.”



Although Merck doesn’t hire employees from the Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellows program, we do partner with a variety of organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program to help staff veterans. These initiatives not only help to identify talent for Merck, but also allows our company to provide opportunities for those who served. Listen to the latest podcast from Hiring Our Heroes featuring Merck’s own recruiting and staffing leader, Christopher Cook, talking about the business value of hiring veterans.