Associate Director - API Technology Portfolio Management Job

Date: Jan 1, 2018

Location: Boxmeer, NB, NL

Requisition ID: CHE005520

The position

  • The individual will be part of the API Technology Portfolio Management Group and will be responsible for a portfolio of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) projects as overall leader or technical lead. Technical and project management skills are critical.

  • He/She will focus on leveraging external suppliers for API development and full scale production and the potential project types include sourcing, technical transfer, R&D, process improvement and trouble shooting.

  • Operational excellence projects will be assigned as able.

  • This position will interface with the External Manufacturing & Global Procurement organization of MMD Animal Health and the different Animal health R&D departments to:
    o Develop and manage the supply base
    o Complete sourcing projects. And as a technical lead: define the requested services including generating technical packages, lead technical due diligence for supplier selection, and verify that the aspects of supplier selection are considered appropriately, including assurance of supply, quality, service, cost and innovation.
    o Follow up the quality and the timeliness of the delivered services

  • On Technical Transfer projects the individual will typically be the overall project lead and ensure the execution of the project is on time and in full.

  • Importantly, the individuals must:
    o Provide strong leadership and business acumen for project management and lead cross-functional team members effectively
    o Display MSD leadership behaviors and demonstrate a high emotional intelligence
    o Create and ensure the overall technical transfer schedules including regulatory and formulation site inputs are appropriate for the project delivering end to end outcomes.
    o Work closely with external suppliers to assess the chemistry and processing equipment and limit risk on transfer
    o Evaluate material physical property and chemical comparability and mitigate risk

  • He/She will regularly conduct trouble shooting exercises and process improvements with the existing API suppliers.

  • As required, the individual will assist communications with the suppliers and visit facilities to conduct due diligence and or resolve technical issues.

Desired skills & experience

  • Bachelors Degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

  • Minimum 10 yrs. of relevant experience

  • Extensive experience working with external suppliers.

  • He/she must have experience with process development and scale up and or technical transfer and be familiar with chemical processes

  • A strong business acumen, communication skills, and a proven track record of managing projects in the areas of sourcing / commercialization / tech transfer / chemistry process trouble shooting supply of API products

  • Strong MSD Leadership attributes including a global mindset

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a cross-functional teams with an end to end supply chain view

  • Ability to collaborate across functions and geographies

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to maintain strong working relationships with technical, quality and operations leaders in the internal and external network

  • Ability to use Microsoft Project 2010

  • Ability to communicate internally and externally and manage across time and space is required.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Chemistry capability is preferred.

  • PhD and or he/she must understand the technical characterization or product physical properties and familiarity or expertise with chemistry and finishing crystallization is preferred.

  • Expertise in trouble shooting and process improvement for chemical manufacturing for API

  • Six Sigma certification preferred

Travel: 15 to 30%
Reporting Structure: This position reports to the Head of the API Technology Portfolio Management as part of Global Technical Operations for Animal Health.

About MSD

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.

MSD Inventing for Life

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MSD Animal Health develops and produces vaccines and pharmaceutical specialties for livestock, companion animals and fish. We have offices in more than 50 countries, sell our products in over 140 markets and operate in a network of manufacturing sites and research and development facilities around the world. Within MSD Animal Health, we are always seeking innovative talents that focus on constant improvement of our products and the way we work. We’re looking for new colleagues who are entrepreneurs and result driven. But not only results matter; how you achieve these results is crucial to be successful within MSD Animal Health as well. MSD Animal Health leads the way in veterinary pharmaceuticals. 


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. 

A good place to work
MSD is an attractive employer offering interesting opportunities in Research & Development, production and staff departments for an enormous range of disciplines such as biologists, chemists, process engineers, technicians, mechatronic engineers, pharmacists and operators. MSD always seeks ‘best-in-class’ employees at all levels. We expect a lot from our people and MSD has a lot to offer them as well. Team spirit, entrepreneurship, integrity, leadership and cross-border communication skills are what MSD values and rewards most. If you enjoy being challenged, over and over again, MSD will be a good place for you to work. We have an excellent fringe benefit program, and we invest heavily in the development of our people. MSD gives you plenty of opportunities for individual initiative and responsibility.

If you are interested in this challenging role, you are requested to apply online by uploading your resume and application letter in English.

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