Senior Bioprocessing Materials Associate Job

Date: May 24, 2019

Location: Dublin, IE

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Requisition ID: WAR000695

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.

Senior Bioprocessing
Materials Associate
MSD 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.



  • S/he will execute procedures to provide manufacturing with the required materials to meet production schedule.  Including receipt of raw materials/intermediates/components to the schedule agreed.  Supply of Dispensary operations and cold chain shipment of Bulk Drug Substance/samples.
  • Extensive use of COMET to track valued inventory required and use of MES systems.  Demonstrated use of electronic systems, i.e. SAP, LIMS, MES, required
  • S/he will assist the Area Manager in developing best in class solutions for the MSD Biotech start-up warehouse.  Utilizing lean methodologies, Kanban, 5S, standard work, etc
  • S/he will be a “go-to” person in the MSD Biotech, Dublin Warehouse and/or Dispensary, providing key coaching/guidance to less experiences staff members
  • S/he will help in the start-up of the Warehouse & Dispensary Operation, helping the team to support C&Q activities, developing processes/SOP and giving input in the development of COMET (SAP), LIMS and MES.
  • As needed by the business, s/he will perform cleanroom/dispensing operations in the Grade C Dispensing/Sampling suite
  • S/he will contribute to the overall Warehouse/Dispensary strategy for the department, with focus on material supply to manufacturing and participating in wider Warehouse/Logistics activities.



  • Responsible for Warehouse and/or Dispensing Activities activities, such as Incoming Goods Receipt, RM Sampling, put-away, RM Dispensing in Grade C, pick for manufacturing, shipping Drug Substance, etc
  • Link in with planners/schedulers in order to aid the Area Manager to ensure that that the area has a steady stream of Process Orders in order to maximize people/equipment utilization.
  • Provide support in order to provide the on-site distribution of materials to key internal customers, i.e. manufacturing, Labs, MS&T, etc.
  • Work to ensure there is 100% availability of SAP/MES Managed material to agreed schedule with manufacturing
  • Extensive use of key Warehouse/Dispensary equipment, reach truck, VNA, motorized pallet trucks, Downflow Booth, Scales, Drum tippers, etc.  Able to act as SME for this equipment
  • Initiate & promote Continuous Improvements and Process improvement within the Warehouse/Dispensary Operations area
  • Proactively seek opportunities for reduce cost and increase productivity, i.e. reduction in consumable spend, improved scheduling, trusted dispense opportunities, etc
  • Aid in the start up of Warehouse/Dispensary operation for MSD Biotech, Dublin developing SOP’s, work practices, shift structures (if applicable), etc
  • perform all Dispensary/Sampling operations requirements as identified by area management


S/he will report into an Area Manager within the Warehouse/Logistics function.


There may be a requirement for shift work in this role after the initial c.18 months of the project.





  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in warehouse, dispensary or logistics, in the Pharmaceutical industry or a similar operating industry.
  • Knowledge of and experience in applying Six Sigma and Lean methodologies.
  • Demonstrated change management skills with a continuous improvement focus.
  • Capability to interact and communicate with all levels of operational teams and greater Supply Chain team.
  • The ability to influence decision making in a manner that achieves the best possible solution for the organization
  • Excellent understanding of how a Warehouse operates when required to support a manufacturing facility.



  • Strong knowledge of Warehouse/Dispensary operations, i.e. best in class practices in Warehousing/Dispensary.
  • Clear understanding of all functions in a Biologics warehouse, i.e. controlled ambient storage, cold storage (2-8C), ultra-low storage (-40C) and Cryogenic Storage (-70C)
  • Experienced and trained on reach truck, counter balance truck, VNA truck and motorised pallet truck
  • Experience on use of equipment used in a RM Sampling/Dispensary Operation, i.e. Downflow booths, scales, Fumehoods, drum movers, etc
  • Preference for candidate to have a good knowledge of the overall Drug Substance manufacturing process (Upstream & Downstream processes)



  • Ability to interact with multiple stakeholders across numerous departments
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a cross functional collaborative environment.
  • Good interpersonal skills, attentiveness and an approachable manner for interactions with inter-departmental colleagues.
  • high degree of problem solving ability and adherence to scheduled timelines.



  • Preferably a Level 6 qualification in a related discipline.
  • Strong knowledge of GMP/FDA regulatory requirements, housekeeping, health and safety.
  • Knowledge of validation an advantage but not essential.
  • Previous experience of working within a Known Consignor approved warehouse an advantage.

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: Warehousing
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 2
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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