Associate Director, Engineering Centre of Excellence Job

Date: Jul 5, 2019

Location: Dublin, IE

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Requisition ID: MEC000158

Associate Director, Engineering Centre of Excellence

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.


We Value Diversity

As a globally diverse company we bring together talented and committed people with diverse ideas - people who can challenge one another’s thinking, and can approach problems collectively, from multiple points of view for the common good. MSD is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace which values and benefits from the diversity of our workforce. MSD also has some fantastic and innovative HR programs and initiatives; these tools enable MSD to offer a strong workplace offering to all our employees. In addition, our fantastic LiveIT Programme focuses on our Employee’s Well Being and is a core strategy across all our sites.

Reporting to the Engineering Director the Centre of Excellence (CoE) Associate Director will perform a key management role in the start-up and development of MSD Biotech Dublin into a world class Biologics Drug Substance manufacturing facility. Reporting to the Engineering Director, the CoE Associate Director will lead a newly formed team of Engineers and Specialists. Using their expertise, the team will play a vital role ensuring Safety First, Quality Always with responsible for areas of Engineering Management Systems,  Equipment Safety, Reliability  and Business Continuity.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop, gain alignment and implement the site Asset Management Strategy and Business Continuity Plan.
  • Interpretation and implementation of engineering best practice and embedding a continuous improvement culture to engineering standards across the site. 
  • Develop the skills of the team, stimulate personal growth and development with effective coaching and training programs.
  • Collaborate and work cross functionally to develop and deliver on all aspects of the project and commercialization activities to meet schedule milestones.
  • Driving operational and technical excellence, harnessing the power of data and digital technology for decision making.
  • Drive effective writing/revising/rolling out of accurate operational procedures, training materials ensure all work is subsequently carried out in line with same.
  • Resolve issues and escalate risks in a timely fashion to the relevant on-site stakeholders.
  • Asset Lifecycle Planning and improvement projects.
  • Supporting and facilitating project sub-teams.



Qualifications & Experience

General Experience

  • Demonstrating energy and enthusiasm, the CoE Associate Director will be a role model for engineering excellence.
  • Demonstrated leadership with at least 5 years' experience in a people management role.
  • Proven track-record in delivering results in a cross functional environment.
  • Innovative thinker, with excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Technical Experience

  • Knowledge of Environmental and Safety regulatory/code requirements to Irish, European and International Codes, Standards and Practices related to  Equipment and Maintenance.
  • Ability to manage and drive results, tracking KPIs and team performance; ability to engage, develop and equip teams for success in role execution.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making.
  • Experience of Business Continuity Assessments and Improvements.
  • Working knowledge of SAP or another Maintenance Management System.

People Experience

  • The passion to participate in and lead highly-effective teams.
  • A great communicator, decisive decision-maker with a proven ability to deliver excellence.
  • A passion for coaching others by sharing your skill-set and expertise.
  • High personal integrity, credibility, energy and flexibility.
  • Set clear performance standards; overcome obstacles; hold ourselves and others accountable for achieving results.
  • The desire to continuously learn, improve and develop.
  • High level of attention to detail and strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Confidence to respond positively when under pressure.


  • Level 8 Degree qualification or equivalent (Science, Engineering, Technical).
  • Evidence of continuous professional development.

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 Biotech, Dublin, will be MSD’s first ever Large-Scale Mammalian-Based Drug Substance Facility, with the mission and ambition to manufacture breakthrough medicines from Ireland for patients around the world. This facility will be a significant supplier of drug substances for one of MSD’s key treatments and will also be critical in the future supply of new biotechnology products to its global network.

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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