Process Technical Specialist (Vaccines) Job

Date: Feb 2, 2019

Location: Cork, IE

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Requisition ID: MAN005748


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 Vaccines start up in MSD Cork have several new vacancies for Process Technical Specialists. This is a great opportunity to join during a start up phase where you can develop that indepth knowledge that only a start up will afford you.

The role will involve providing technical & equipment support to the Vaccines Integrated Process Team (IPT). You will ensure on-going optimization of the process and manufacturing support to ensure the continued manufacture and supply of quality pharmaceutical products in meeting our Manufacturing Division Priorities of: Compliance, Supply, Strategy and Profit Plan.

As a Process Technical Specialist you will work with the IPT team to ensure the effective and efficient on-time delivery of batch production within the IPT area. This requires the delivery of process excellence and reliability across all areas of the IPT

Primary activities/responsibilities:

  • Lead and participate in problem solving teams across all areas of the IPT (e.g. reliability, Safety, Quality (e.g.CAPA/DN/MDNs etc).

  • Lead and close process related deviations and reports.

  • Support Operations team to consistently deliver on specific area Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), e.g. EHS metrics, Production Plan, OEE, compliance and team training.

  • Provides frontline technical EHS support & coaching to the operational team and be first point of contact for safety related concerns (e.g. Entropy actions/MOC/Permits/Risk assessments).

  • Protocol/report authoring/execution/oversight/approval as appropriate

  • Ensure highest Quality, Compliance and Safety standards.

  • Participate and comply with the MSD Manufacturing Division Quality Management Systems (QMS) requirements, including ownership, as relevant.

  • Provide ongoing coaching and support to cross functional team members, to share process, engineering and maintenance best practices.

  • Provide coaching and development to all technicians within the IPT.

  • Tactical Implementation & Support for reliability equipment initiatives.

  • Ensure supply of high quality product through ensuring equipment availability; maximize team member performance through continuous process improvement initiatives.

  • Provide technical, process and engineering expertise within a wide range of projects within the IPT, such as the introduction of new equipment and process’s.

  • Author/approve Change controls and MIDAS documents as appropriate


This role will report to the Process Lead




  • 5 years experience in a highly regulated manufacturing environment in a technical or manufacturing support role.

  • Knowledge of and experience in applying Lean Six Sigma and Lean methodologies, with an understanding of regulatory and validation requirements.

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt desirable. 

  • Demonstrated successes in a team environment, such as project teams, Lean Six Sigma team, etc.

  • Demonstrated problem solving capabilities

  • Ability to interact with multiple stakeholders.

  • This role may require you to work shift.


  • Level 8 honours degree in a science or engineering discipline.

  • 5 years Engineering/Technical experience within a GMP Environment preferred.

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






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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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