SAP Implementation Lead Job

Date: Jan 8, 2019

Location: Dublin, IE

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Requisition ID: SUP001494


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 SAP Implementation Lead is responsible for delivering the local SAP and connected business systems Go Live.
The leadership style is one of collaboration, coaching and facilitating; promoting effective collaboration that ensures the maximum realization of benefits to the SAP team and local site.


  • Represent the SAP and connecting business system staffing needs to the Supply Chain Director, assessing the type of resource, quantity of resource, areas to be represented & timing.

  • Responsible for working with the SAP Center Of Excellence Global team to define the new SAP business plan & develop the SAP (and connecting business systems) implementation plan.

  • Coordination and Management of all SAP Program related activities, monitoring and reporting progress, escalating issues and developing mitigation plans as required.

  • Coordinate all business-related preparation activities such as general communication, portfolio management, SOP authorship, 3rd Party process alignment, alignment with Deployment Teams

  • Ensure compliance with cGMP and other business compliance regulations. 

  • Responsible for driving a culture of Continuous Improvement by deploying MSD Six Sigma tools within the SAP Project.

  • Develop an effective, focused and strong team by understanding: their abilities, unique contribution and broadening their skill set to be agile and prepared for the SAP business requirements. Provide your team with the tools to make them successful.


Planning and Supply Chain Associate Director



Key Behaviours

  • Focus on Customers, Including Patients: Focus the entire organization on delivering value for customers, including patients, understanding and meeting their needs.

  • Collaborate: Actively listen and seek to understand differing perspectives; work together to achieve the common goals of the new MSD.

  • Act with Candour and Courage: Speak openly, honestly and with conviction; have the courage to take appropriate risks and make difficult decisions.

  • Make Rapid, Disciplined Decisions: Make timely decisions at the right level with the right data and support them once made.

  • Drive Results: Set clear performance standards; overcome obstacles; hold ourselves and others accountable for achieving results.

  • Demonstrate Ethics & Integrity: Adhere to the highest standards of trustworthy and ethical behaviour in all interactions and hold others to the same standards; comply with all laws, policies and regulations; identify and address ethical issues without hesitation.

  • Build Talent: Build diverse talent with the capabilities necessary to succeed in our markets; inspire, reward and develop to ensure individuals reach their potential; make tough calls when necessary.


  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience in supply chain or operations leadership, in the Pharmaceutical industry or a similar operating industry.

  • Knowledge of and experience in applying Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.

  • Demonstrated leadership and change management skills with a continuous improvement focus.

  • Capability to interact and communicate with all levels of business leadership and operational teams

  • The ability to influence decision making in a manner that achieves the best possible solution for the organization

  • Solid business acumen with strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Minimum of 7 years SAP experience in the Manufacturing environment, preferably in Biotech industry


  • Possesses broad business understanding, both at-site & above site, as well as cross functional process understanding, and can act as a representative to the general business strategy (in- and external)

  • Proven track record of delivering high performance against a balanced scorecard through development and coaching of a team.

  • Demonstrated leadership behaviours (refer to MSD key behaviours).

  • Experience of moulding a culture to one of inclusion and continuous development for all employees.

  • Demonstrated capability in CEM, change execution management.

  • Demonstrated ability in holding team members accountable for results and managing performance.

  • Stakeholder management of multiple decision makers; franchise and marketing colleagues, customers, and cross-functional colleagues.


  • Degree or 3rd level qualification (Business, Science, Engineering).

  • Advanced degree, diploma or certification in Supply Chain Management preferred

  • Preference Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

  • Desirable 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


Job: Supply Chain Mgmnt Generic
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable):
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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