Technical Specialist Job

Date: Jun 20, 2019

Location: Cork, IE

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Requisition ID: MAN006720

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.


Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.


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 our 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



  • Level 8 honours degree in a science or engineering discipline.
  • 5 years Engineering/Technical experience within a GMP Environment preferred.
  • 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.


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: 3
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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