Technical Specialist- Centre of Excellence (COE) Job

Date: May 24, 2019

Location: Cork, IE

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Requisition ID: ENG004386



Are you ready to Invent, Impact, Inspire?

Join MSD and shape the future of healthcare in Ireland

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.

Our Manufacturing Division, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.


At MSD Ireland, we are committed to ‘Inventing for Life’ in all that we do. We keep the patient at the very heart of all that we do and strive to find solutions and treatments for some of the world’s most challenging healthcare needs.


MSD Ireland is one of the country’s leading healthcare companies, having first established here over 50 years ago.
We currently employ over 1,700 employees, across four sites in Ballydine, Co Tipperary, Brinny, Co Cork, Carlow and Dublin and, in addition, operate substantial Human Health and Animal Health businesses. 
In total to date, we have invested $2.5 billion in our Irish operations and our annual turnover ranks us as one of Ireland’s top 20 companies. Currently, our Irish sites manufacture approximately half of MSD’s top twenty products, saving and enhancing lives in over sixty countries around the world.
With almost 70,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, you will be joining one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.


MSD Brinny is a leading facility for the development, testing and manufacturing of new biologics and vaccines, exporting to over 90 countries across the world. With a team of approximately 500 people, MSD Brinny specialises in the late-stage development and commercial supply of biotech products, including some of the company's most successful and life-changing treatments for oncology, hepatitis C and rheumatoid arthritis. 
The Brinny site has been a vibrant part of the local Innishannon community for nearly 35 years and is now one of the region’s largest employers. MSD has invested €130m in the site since 2016 as a result of increased global demand for MSD medicines and vaccines which will see MSD Brinny further expand its production facilities and capacity to meet this demand. 


Due to continuing growth and expansion, MSD, Cork are hiring Technical Specliasts to work within Technical Operations Centre of Excellence (CoE). The Technical Specialist will be a key team member in the Technical CoE, which provides technical expertise to a growing site with an expanding portfolio of technologies and products. The successful candidate will work in a dynamic environment with exciting career opportunities. 

The Technical Specialist will provide technical support and expertise to the production areas to ensure the manufacture of quality pharmaceutical products in accordance with the our Manufacturing Division priorities of Compliance, Supply, Strategy and Profit Plan.

The Technical Specialist is responsible for actively participating in the Tier process to manage technical projects and proactively manage and resolve issues before they impact the business priorities.

The Technical Specialist will be an active member within the cross functional CoE providing support and guidance and will strive for technical excellence to ensure the success of the CoE. The Technical Specialist will model the MSD leadership behaviours and understand the MPS principles to drive a culture of continuous improvement building a High Performance Organisation.

The Technical Specialist will participate and comply with the our Manufacturing Division Quality Management System (QMS) requirements, including ownership, as relevant.


  • Provide ongoing coaching and support to the cross functional team members, to share their technical knowledge and promote best practices
  • Ensure supply of high quality product by providing technical and scientific product and process support to maximise process performance (product lifecycle management, continuous process improvement initiatives, etc.)
  • Provide technical stewardship, equipment resource planning and validation schedule.
  • Ensure highest quality & compliance standards
  • Provide technical expertise and leadership within a wide range of technical projects within the CoE, such as the validation of new equipment, PPQ, new product introduction, product deletion, etc.
  • Act as a deputy for the Technical CoE Team Lead as required


  • This role reports to the Technical CoE Team Lead


  • Demonstrated knowledge in more than one pharmaceutical and/or chemical manufacturing operation (e.g. manufacturing, quality, technical support, etc.)

  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry or a similar operating environment with experience in a technical role in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of and experience in applying Lean Six Sigma and Lean methodologies, with an understanding of regulatory and validation requirements
  • Experience in product technical / scientific support

  • Demonstrated leadership skills with a continuous improvement focus
  • Experience managing and leading projects
  • Providing SME level support
  • Demonstrated ability to realize improvement initiatives through leadership of teams
  • Demonstrated high level of problem solving and facilitation skills
  • Stakeholder management of multiple decision makers, colleagues, peers and cross functional teams

  • Degree in Science or Engineering discipline (preferably MSc)
  • Desirable evidence of Continuous Professional Development
  • Desirable Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Desirable Project Management qualification, e.g.PMP

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.

MSD is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms / recruitment agencies for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at MSD via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of MSD. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by MSD as a result of the referral or through other means.

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