Learning Specialist Job

Date: Jan 10, 2019

Location: Dublin, IE

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Requisition ID: EMP001138

Biotech Dublin

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.

The Learning Specialist will help define, develop, and facilitate all learning and development plans and activities for particular client group(s) within the site in support of the site’s learning strategy and Annual Learning Plan. This individual will partner will their clients to implement and ensure adherence to the site’s learning processes/system and will work with their peers to continuously improve the learning processes through to foster a continuous learning environment.


  • Establishes relationships with and partners with client group(s) to understand the business goals/objectives and collaboratively defines appropriate learning strategies for client area.

  • Conducts learning needs assessments and/or job analyses with client to identify relevant learning plans and solutions.

  • With the business, implements learning strategy/plans (inclusive of job and functional skills) for business client. Monitors progress with appropriate documentation and metrics and defines opportunities for continuous improvement.

  • Implements standard learning processes for client group; ensures ongoing adherence through coaching and appropriate use of metrics.

  • Works collaboratively within the Learning organization to implement, maintain and continuously improve standard site learning processes (i.e., Job Skills Qualification, SOP Process, Annual GMP, Safety Programs and New Employee Onboarding).

  • Ensures client is in Permanent Inspection Readiness and cGMP Compliance as it relates to Training/Learning & Development.

  • Support any Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) or Quality Compliance regulatory audits as required.

  • Collaborate with Global Learning and Development, Learning Support Services and other manufacturing sites to implement best practices.


The Learning Specialist will report to the Site Learning Lead.




  • Experience in Lean Manufacturing Production Systems

  • Expert level in Learning Management Systems (LMS)

  • Strong in analysing data, building metrics, and using visualisation tools.

  • Working knowledge and application of Instructional Design, Adult Learning Principles, and Evaluation Methodologies


  • Minimum of 5 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience


  • Working Across Boundaries: Demonstrates an understanding of how one’s job responsibilities contribute to the departments goals and a knowledge of the business’s core strategy for long-term success.

  • Fosters Interpersonal Relationships & Collaboration: Actively listens and seeks to understand differing perspectives; work together to achieve the common goals of MSD. Demonstrated skill in applying approaches, tools, and techniques for working with individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner, including the ability to build and maintain critical networks and collaborative relationships.

  • Productive Communications (Oral & Written): Ability to distribute accurate information and craft messages for appropriate target audiences, with guidance if needed. Speaks and writes clearly and concisely with the ability to select the appropriate form of communication to share information.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent

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




MSD is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms 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: Employee Dev./Training Generic
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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