Senior Automation Specialist, Projects Job

Date: Jun 16, 2019

Location: Carlow, IE

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Requisition ID: MAN005742

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.



Due to continued growth and expansion, MSD are hiring a Senior Automation Specialist to support business and projects in Ireland. This role can be located in Carlow or Cork.

The Senior Specialist is responsible for activities that include the following:

  • Partner with local business leadership and project teams to scope Automation,MES and IT aspects of capital projects bringing knowledge of Automation technologies and latest IT technologies
  • Financial accountability for Automation / IT Spend (typically in the range of 6-8% of total capital cost)
  • Understand and educate local project teams on automation standards as they relate to technology selection, system configuration, validation, hardware, software environments and business processes.
  • Develop and execute project staffing plans if required.
  • Close liaison with Process Engineering Leads and Engineering Contractors
  • Drive efficiencies in execution of projects to reduce costs and cycle times based on standards
  • Engages with stakeholders at all levels of projects, including active participation in Project Steering teams
  • Ensures that SDLC (Software Development LifeCycle) is appropriately applied

*featured *Engineering



  • BS in Engineering, Computer Science, or other technical degree plus.
  • 5 or more years of experience in project/automation/IT support and/or Vaccines / Pharmaceutical Manufacturing front line supervision. Proven record of proficiencies associated with business analysis on small sized projects.
  • Excellent understanding of cGMP's, SDLC methodologies and LEAN/MPS/ Sigma principles.
  • Excellent facilitation, problem solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Proven facilitation, meeting/workshop management, project management and change management skills are essential, along with excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills.



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: Manufacturing Automation
Other Locations: Cork, Munster, IE
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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