Equipment Engineer Downstream Job

Date: Jul 16, 2019

Location: Dublin, IE

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Requisition ID: MAI000794

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.


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.


The latest addition to the MSD Ireland family is MSD Biotech, Dublin. The site will play a pivotal role in the manufacture of MSD’s biologics-based medicines, including in the area of immuno-oncology, and will expand MSD’s current internal network of biologics drug substance manufacturing plants when full manufacturing operations begin in 2021.

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. 

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.


The Downstream Equipment Engineer / Specialist will be responsible for supporting the start of MSD Biotech Dublin and will initially be involved in Final Equipment Design, Installation and Commissioning Support. They will start to develop Operational Readiness plans for the downstream area which will require the identification and management of associate tasks. These tasks will include managing resources to develop procedures, training materials and asset reliability plans.
They will develop knowledge of the equipment and process and will own the initiation, implementation and closure of equipment change initiatives once the site is in Operations. This role provides a unique opportunity as the primary equipment engineer for the downstream stream area and to be involved and oversee activities from project to commercial state.


  • Development, review and approval of technical information including design documents, Hazops, Safety Risk Assessments, Work Plans, Commissioning documents and CMMS data.
  • Establish Equipment Criticality and determine and apply appropriate reliability and asset management strategy based on criticality.
  • Ensure compliance to all Safety, regulatory GMP and Environmental requirements.
  • Work with Operations, Quality and Manufacturing Science &Technology teams to successfully achieve regulatory approval to manufacture and to meet the Project & Supply Chain target for shipment of product.
  • Develop Prescriptive, Predictive and Preventative maintenance program to ensure designated site equipment operate safe and reliable.
  • Investigate equipment issues or deviations to find root cause and implement effective short term Corrective and Preventative Actions.
  • Coach, mentor and provide technical training to colleagues.
  • Develop and manage People, Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost KPI’s for Downstream Area.
  • Support Engineering Excellence Initiatives – participate in local and corporate programs.
  • Pursues and use new technologies and methodologies.
  • Own the initiation, management and closure of change initiatives, including equipment modifications and new equipment introduction.



Reports to Downstream Equipment Engineering / Maintenance Manager in 2020.




  • Experience of biologics manufacturing in an engineering, maintenance or utilities role.


  • Experience of process equipment in a biologics facility, preferable in Drug Substance Operations and Downstream Area.
  • Knowledgeable on problem solving and change management.
  • Knowledgeable of mechanical, electrical, control and automation systems maintenance requirements.
  • Experience of continuous improvement and optimisation techniques.
  • Working knowledge of SAP or another Asset Management System. 

  • Excellent organising, planning skills, and communication skills.
  • Proven success working in a team environment with flexibility to react to changing business needs.
  • High level of attention to detail and strong problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to make Decisions and provide leadership to others.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a cross functional collaborative environment

  • Level 8 qualification in an engineering discipline with 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 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: Maintenance/Utilities
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable):
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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