EHS Specialist / Biosafety Officer (BVF) Job

Date: Jun 17, 2019

Location: Boxmeer, NB, NL

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Requisition ID: ENV000545

For our Safety and Environment department at our site in Boxmeer we are currently hiring an:


EHS Specialist / Biosafety Officer (BVF)


About MSD
MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us. Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork.  As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.


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The department
The MSD Animal Health Boxmeer Safety and Environment department provides safety and environmental support for all the MSD Animal Health Netherland operations in order to drive towards world class EHS (Environment, Health & Safety) performance. The department covers all the essential EHS expertise.


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The position
Reporting into the Director, Safety & Environment for MSD Animal Health the Netherlands, the EHS Specialist/BVF will provide expert guidance for leading and driving implementation of the site’s Biosafety program, ensuring compliance with both regulatory and company requirements and providing safety and biosafety support.


Responsibilities may include:

  • Subject Matter Expert for the Biosafety and safety program of the site, including site processes to anticipate, recognize, and evaluate workplace health hazards and recommend proper control strategies to manage identified risks;

  • Prioritize Biosafety related risks and develop and assist with implementing corrective action and preventive action plans. Monitor and communicate overall status of plans to Site Management;

  • Proactively identify improvement opportunities and collaborate with other EHS staff/ Engineering, Operations and R&D personnel to leverage best practices and drive continuous improvement efforts;

  • Maintain the required technical competencies, proficiencies, and regulatory knowledge to ensure responsibilities are effectively executed;

  • Technical expertise needs to include but is not limited to: exposure assessment & monitoring of biological operations; control strategies and prevention, engineering controls, work practice controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE) including respiratory protection, applicable regulatory and MSD requirements;

  • Establish and maintain excellent communication processes to ensure site management, R&D and Production, and affected employees understand the workplace hazards, exposures, and accompanying risks, as well as the needed control strategies;

  • Provide technical support for new projects and modifications to ensure proper Biosafety design review, containment verification, as well as routine / maintenance evaluation after and before process / equipment installed / implemented;

  • Conduct safety self-assessments & audits including Biosafety;

  • Develop and contribute to an effective Biosafety training program for both management and employees;


  • Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology / Biotechnology as well as an expectation to have or obtain professional certification in industrial (occupational) hygiene or Certification in Safety engineering (Hogere Veiligheidskunde);

  • At least 5 years of experience with managing risks associated with biological agents and GMO legislation, full understanding of containment systems and concepts;

  • Experience in leading the integration of excellent Biosafety processes into chemical /biological operations or similar industries;

  • Ability to analyze data, interpret results/ trends, decide appropriate, cost effective corrective actions and provide clear recommendations to both management and employees;

  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills, ability to work transparently and with a sense of urgency across various businesses, functions and cultures;

  • Excellent technical leadership and communication (oral & written) skills in  English and preferably in Dutch. 

A good place to work
Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.



For more information about the vacancy, please contact Johan Vreugdenhil, Director, Safety & Environment, via: 0485-584491 or Ellen Joosten (Biosafety Officer) via 0485-587887.



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

Job: Env, Health & Safety Generic
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Employee Status: Regular
Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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