Reliability Lead Job

Date: Jan 6, 2018

Location: Cork, IE

Requisition ID: MAI000628

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.

The role of the Reliability Lead is to provide and/or improve asset/capacity reliability through technical support of the maintenance functions on site for the Utility and IPT teams (Sterile, Vaccines and Biologics) and thereby optimization of the Preventive/Predictive Maintenance Process.

The maintenance/reliability specialist is the primary owner/user of Equipment History. Through analysis of Equipment History and application of technical skills and ingenuity he/she is responsible for the correction of equipment problems causing repetitive failures.

The reliability lead will operate within the Engineering Centre of Excellence and will work closely with colleagues within the IPT (Integrated Production Team). He/she will provide expert advise on improving equipment reliability and will act in a consultative fashion to assisting with equipment repeat issues.

In addition to providing expertise on equipment reliability this person will also act as a point of contact for providing advice and determining best practice in the field of statutory inspections and maintenance practices. The reliability lead will lead a small team of engineers (approx. 3) in delivering the site reliability strategy and assisting in the roll out of the site maintenance strategy.

  • Develops engineering solutions to repetitive failures and other maintenance problems.

  • Identifies and corrects repetitive and costly equipment problems.

  • Analysis of Equipment History to assure effectiveness of all maintenance efforts.

  • Drives Preventative Maintenance program such as vibration, thermography and other predictive analyses and interpretation of results.

  • Site SME for reliability and maintenance best practices.

  • Site principle point of contact for above site Reliability Centre of Excellence.

  • Represents the site at monthly reliability forums.

  • Reduces and improves maintenance work wherever feasible; assuring efficient and reliable operation of plant, process and equipment while protecting and prolonging the economic life of plant assets at optimal cost.

  • Looks outside of the site to engage with other MSD sites and industries to improve equipment reliability by implementing solutions.

  • Remains abreast of and applies advancing maintenance technology as applicable.

  • Coordinates with planner/scheduler to ensure that PM/PdM services and inspections are scheduled and performed when due, and that resultant corrective work is promptly performed.

  • Engages with craft teams to understand root causes of repeated equipment failures.

  • Professionally and systematically defines, designs, develops, monitors and refines the preventive/predictive maintenance process in pursuit of optimization and minimal failure rate.

  • Works with Project Engineering to ensure the maintainability of new and modified installations.

  • Ensure all equipment required for annual staturtoy inspections/certification is included within the site asset register.

  • Review equipment reports from statuory inspections and take ownership for implementing corrective actions.

  • Comply with the current MMD Quality and EHS Management System requirements, as relevant to the supporting operations. 

Job Experience:

  • 5+ Yrs working in a similar role within the bio pharma industry.

  • Experience of working within a maintenance function within another industry an advantage.

  • 2+ Yrs experience working as a site maintenance engineer.

  • Good Written and verbal communication skills.

  • Identify key stakeholders and develop a relationship of trust.

  • Interact with above site personnel to understand changes and promote the site.

  • Solid engineering acumen.

  • Demonstrated capability to communicate effectively across multiple teams

  • Solid business acumen.


  • Degree qualification  (Engineering).

  • Chartered Engineer.  

  • Lean Six Sigma qualification or experience of application of Lean principles is an advantage.        

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.

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