HVAC/Refrigeration Engineer Job

Date: May 31, 2019

Location: Carlow, IE

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Requisition ID: MAI000868

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.

Are you ready to Invent, Impact, Inspire?

Join MSD and shape the future of healthcare in Ireland


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 in Carlow is a world-class manufacturing facility, and the company’s first stand-alone vaccine and biologics facility outside the US. Carlow employs over 350 highly skilled employees and is an important element of MSD’s network of sites, playing a pivotal role in the manufacture of our immuno-oncology treatment.
MSD Carlow is a state-of-the-art, 200,000 sq ft vaccines and biologics facility focused on formulating and filling vaccine and biologic products that improve and transform the lives of people across the world.
MSD’s sustained investment in Ireland empowers Carlow to offer its team the opportunity to continuously grow, learn, invent and thrive. We are growing our highly-skilled team and building our presence in Carlow so that we can continue to lead scientific breakthroughs in the treatment of some of the world’s most harmful diseases.

Why is this a compelling position for a dynamic and ambitious leader in Biopharma to consider?

• This is a hugely exciting opportunity for an ambitious and experienced individual to play a key role in a dynamic, motivated, high-performing group at an exciting moment for MSD’s expansion in Ireland.
• The role is a chance to shape the development of a state-of-the-art facility and holds future opportunities for advancement.
• The candidate will be actively supported and encouraged to continue their professional development.
• This HVAC/Refrigeration Engineer role at our Carlow Site offers opportunities to progress in the company’s growing Irish operation and across our Global Operations.


• The HVAC/Refrigeration Engineer will perform an integral role in the development of MSD Carlow 2 drug product facility.

• The Engineer will take ownership for the HVAC and refrigeration systems on site (such as, but not limited to, ISO Grade A, C and D environments; the integration of the required supporting utilities; clean steam, chilled water, heating hot water, instrument air, 2-8degC coldrooms, ambient warehousing, fumehoods, incubators, Process Chillers and local refrigeration systems).

• Provide leadership, cross functional support and technical expertise to IUFT (Integrated Utilites Facilities Team), maintenance and manage their operation through design, construction, validation, start-up and commercial manufacturing. Ensure that objectives are effectively achieved, consistent with our requirements to ensure compliance, safety and reliable supply to our customers.

• The HVAC/Refrigeration Engineer will collaborate across functions, supporting, coaching and facilitating project sub-teams. Together, this dynamic group will meet the required project schedule milestones, in accordance with the applicable standards for Quality and EHS compliance.


• Responsible for delivery of schedule milestones throughout the project duration.

• Collaborate and work cross functionally to develop and deliver on all aspects of the project through URS, FAT, SAT, IC, OC, IQ, OQ, PPQ and commercialization to meet schedule milestones

• Driving operational and technical excellence to deliver all components of a stable support utility (HVAC) equipment portfolio supporting PPQ, facility start-up and commercial supply, supported by a flexible, collaborative, multi-skilled teamwork environment.

• Assist with the design and operationalisation of a successful IUFT that delivers right-first-time HVAC/Refrigeration equipment to achieve production requirements.

• Resolve issues and escalate risks in a timely fashion to the relevant on-site stakeholders.

• Comply with our current Manufacturing Division, Quality and EHS Management System requirements, as relevant to the project and commercial operations.

• Ensure that the IUFT team receive appropriate resources and programmes to develop technical and other skills, to complete their jobs whilst stimulating personal growth and development in line with role. Develop and maintain training programmes.

• Drive effective writing/revising/ rolling out of accurate operational procedures, training materials and maintenance procedures for various IUFT systems; ensure all work is subsequently carried out in line with same.

• Foster a culture of continuous improvement by deploying our Six Sigma tools and support implementation of Model Area within operations from the start.


Carlow 2, Associate Director, Facilities & Utilities



• Demonstrating energy and enthusiasm, the HVAC/Refrigeration Engineer, will be a role model for operational excellence, and will contribute to the organisation’s overall capability to thrive and grow.
• Experience with GMP cleanroom facility commissioning and startup an advantage.
• Demonstrated site operations project experience, from capital project to continuous support to manufacturing operations.
• Proven track-record in delivering results in a world-class supply organisation.
• A strong career history in pharma (ideally working with GMP HVAC) and familiarity with a highly regulated environment.
• Innovative thinker, with excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills.
• Experience of working in a cross functional environment.
• Knowledge of and experience in applying Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.
• Positive, flexible action-oriented attitude.

• SME (subject matter expert) in HVAC/Refrigeration engineering lifecycle (design, through to sustaining operations; including ARM – asset reliability maintenance).
• SME in HVAC and refrigeration (cleanroom environments, HVAC balancing), mechanical, electrical, fluid and pneumatic utility systems, 2-8degC coldrooms, ambient warehousing, fumehoods, incubators, Process Chillers and local refrigeration systems.
• Knowledge of regulatory/code requirements to Irish, European and International Codes, Standards and Practices
• Report, standards, policy writing skills required
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and job related computer applications required
• Lean Six Sigma Methodology experience desired
• Lead, promote, participate and supervise the implementation and maintenance of the relevant safety programmes.
• Delivery of safety, performance and quality goals.

• The passion to expand the future of Carlow.
• Ability to participate in and lead highly-effective teams.
• The desire to continuously learn, improve and develop.
• A great communicator, decisive decision-maker with a proven ability to deliver excellence
• Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.
• Willingness to support the team and a strong focus on delivering excellence.
• A passion for coaching others by sharing your skill-set and expertise.
• High personal integrity, credibility, energy and flexibility.
• Model our leadership behaviours and use our production system principles to achieve project success.
• Build diverse talent with the capabilities necessary to succeed in commercial vaccine manufacture; inspire, reward and develop to ensure individuals reach their potential; make tough calls when necessary.
• Set clear performance standards; overcome obstacles; hold ourselves and others accountable for achieving results.

• Degree qualification or equivalent (Science, Engineering, Technical).
• Experience in manufacturing in a GMP HVAC environment utilizing ISO 14644-1 classifications (such as Grade A, C and D.
• Evidence of continuous professional development is desirable.

So, if you are ready to:

INVENT solutions to meet unmet healthcare needs

IMPACT the future by joining MSD, one of the world’s leading healthcare companies

INSPIRE your team to reach their full potential and push the boundaries of science and technology



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. 

Job: Maintenance/Utilities
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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