Process Operative Technician Job

Date: Jul 21, 2019

Location: Cork, IE

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Requisition ID: MAN006548

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.

Process Operative Technician
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 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.

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 Cork is now hiring Process Operator Technicians to work as part of our Biologics and Vaccines Integrated Process Teams (IPT) on fixed term contracts.


The Process Operator Technician will operate, troubleshoot, maintain and support manufacturing operations.


This position is accountable for the smooth execution of all appropriate functions associated with the role.


He/She will contribute to the High Performance culture within the IPT providing a flexible, accurate service to enable the department to achieve our Manufacturing Division four key priorities. He/She is an active member of the IPT team providing support, guidance and expertise.


The Process Operator Technician will participate and comply with our Manufacturing Division Quality Management System (QMS) requirements, including ownership, as relevant to you.


Primary Activities/Responsibilities:

The following are examples of the activities required within the role, whereby the person must be flexible to perform all of the following functions and other tasks as needed:


Perform on-going cleaning/maintenance of area;

  • Operate production equipment required for batch manufacturing;
  • Set-up and prepare equipment for ongoing operations;
  • Operate various computer controlled process support/process equipment (i.e. equipment control systems, DCSs, autoclave, Incubator, pH meters, washer, lyophiliser and cap machine etc (this list is not exhaustive);
  • In-Process Testing;
  • Batch specific environmental monitoring;
  • Routine Calibrations;
  • Basic PMs;
  • Provide training to others;
  • Follow instructions for completion of job tasks;
  • Perform general troubleshooting and front line maintenance of equipment while maintaining production schedule;
  • Perform annual re-qualification of equipment;
  • Responsible for working as part of an empowered team to achieve site mission, vision and goals through:
  • Efficient and safe operation of equipment;
  • Effective communication;
  • Active participation of the Tier process;
  • Adhere to compliance, regulatory requirements; Safety and cGMP.
  • Support and implement Kaizen/LSS Projects. Lead Continuous Improvement initiatives using MSD Sigma toolkit.


Third Level Degree in Science, Engineering, Production, Automation or similar.

Experience in working in a team environment to deliver production schedules in a compliant culture.

Demonstrated capability and ability to deliver production schedules.

Good technical ability, problem solving experience.

Previous experience for delivery of training, maintaining housekeeping, and 6S in all production areas while focusing on continuous process improvement using Lean Principles.

Applicant should have previously demonstrated strong team skills, flexibility, motivation, ability to troubleshoot/problem solve, with a strong emphasis around safety and compliance practices.

Applicants should actively support, participate and embrace an empowered team culture and have excellent communication skills


  • Level 7 degree in Science, Engineering, Production, Automation or relevant discipline or Level 6 qualification with at least 5 years’ experience in a regulated manufacturing environment.
  • Prior manufacturing experience an advantage.
  • Evidence of Continuous Personal Development.
  • Six Sigma Yellow/Green Belt.
  • Clean room Experience

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: Manuf./Operations Generic
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
Number of Openings: 14
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