Microbiology - Associate Director Job

Date: Jan 27, 2018

Location: Carlow, IE

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Requisition ID: QUA006303

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 Manufacturing Division, MMD, 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.

MSD Carlow offers a fantastic opportunity for candidates interested in a new challenge in a cGMP regulatory environment. MSD are looking to recruit an Microbiology - Associate Director who play a lead role in this expansion.

The Associate Director of Microbiology will manage a team of Microbiobiology and Bioassay dept managers, lead technicians and analysts will be responsible for all people aspects, such as coaching, talent development, recruitment and performance management. The Associate Director role will report directly to the Director Quality.

The ideal candidate will have 10plus years experience in a senior supervisory or managerial laboratory role.

The successful canidate will manage the Microbiological and Bioassay teams as well as providing technical expertise, trouble-shooting and microbiological support to the site and site. In addition the successful canditae will liase with technical subject matter experts from other Merck sites as well as participate in above site analytical and technical forums.


Primary activities/responsibilities:

  • Ensure the highest Compliance standards are met on a daily basis

  • Ensure supply of high quality product in line with testing schedules

  • Work Closely with the Quality Leadership Team (QLT) on key operational and strategic areas

  • Delivery of area performance to meet or exceed performance and quality goals

  • Provide sound financial stewardship, management and control

  • Lead a cross-functional management team providing ongoing coaching and support, including the identification and development of key talent 

  • Drive performance and management of individuals and team

  • Ensure compliance with safety, health, environmental and cGMP and other applicable regulations. 

  • Participate in corporate and regulatory audits 

  • Continuously develop the test and support systems within the laboratories to a state of optimal performance. 
Minimum Education:

  • Third level qualification (Degree) in a science related discipline, idealy in Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology or Biotechnology.

  • Project Management qualification such as, Project Management Professional.

  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development.

  • Preference for Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Minimum Experience:

  • Microbiological department experience in a steriles pharmaceutical plant. 

  • 10 plus years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical industry or a similar operating environment which includes significant leadership roles with experience in a front-line supervisory role in operations environment. 

  • Knowledge of and experience in applying Six Sigma and Lean methodologies. 

  • Demonstrated leadership and change management skills with a continuous improvement focus
Initial Travel Requirements:

  • The successful candidate may be required to travel to other sites within Europe or the US. 
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.

If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@MSD.com.

Job: Quality Lab Related
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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