Utilities Engineer Job

Date: Jun 28, 2019

Location: Carlow, IE

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Requisition ID: ENG004459

[Utilities Engineer] 


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.

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.

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.


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.


The Utilities Engineer will be a subject matter expert for clean utility systems (such as, but not limited to, Water for injection, clean steam, clean dry air, nitrogen) and support utility systems (such as, but not limited to, chilled water, cooling towers, heating hot water, plant steam, process waste, instrument air, freezers, CTU (controlled temperature units), process and potable water, electrical power, non-GMP HVAC – heating ventilation and air conditioning). 

Provide leadership, cross functional support and technical expertise and manage system operations through design, construction, validation, start-up and commercial manufacturing for new systems and ongoing oversight for existing systems. Ensure that objectives are effectively achieved, consistent with 's requirements to ensure compliance, safety and reliable supply to our customers.


  • Provide technical input and SME oversight for the aforementioned utilities.
  • Collaborate and work cross functionally 
  • Utilize GMP project lifecycle approaches such as 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 utility equipment portfolio supporting commercial supply, supported by a flexible, collaborative, multi-skilled teamwork environment.
  • Resolve issues and escalate risks in a timely fashion to the relevant on-site stakeholders. 
  • Comply with the current our manufacturing division, Quality and EHS Management System requirements, as relevant to the project and commercial operations.  
  • Drive effective writing/revising accurate operational procedures, training materials and maintenance procedures for various systems; ensure all work is subsequently carried out in line with same.
  • Knowing how to manage workload in a GMP environment complying with all SOPs and guidance, leading behavior in this area, knowing how to manage inveistigations and get to root cause when issues arise and knowing how to implement solutions. 
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement by deploying MSD Six Sigma tools and support implementation of Model Area within operations from the start.

  •  Reports to Clean Utilities Lead



  • Demonstrating energy and enthusiasm, the Utilities Engineer, will be a role model for operational excellence, and will contribute to the organisation’s overall capability to thrive and grow.
  • Proven track-record in delivering results in a world-class supply organisation.
  • A strong career history in pharma (ideally working with utilities) 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 utility engineering lifecycle (design, through to sustaining operations; including ARM – asset reliability maintenance).
  • SME in mechanical, electrical, refrigeration, temperature control, fluid and pneumatic utility 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.
  • A great communicator, decisive decision-maker with a proven ability to deliver excellence
  • Ability to participate in highly-effective teams.
  • The desire to continuously learn, improve and develop.
  • 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 the MSD leadership behaviours and use the MPS principles to achieve success.  
  • Set clear performance standards; overcome obstacles; hold ourselves and others accountable for achieving results.
  • Degree qualification or equivalent (Science, Engineering, Technical).  
  • Experience in manufacturing utilizing support utilities such as chillers, CTUs and boilers.
  • Evidence of continuous professional development is desirable.

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.

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

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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Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
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