Associate Director Automation Projects Job

Date: May 10, 2019

Location: Kriens, LU, CH

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Requisition ID: MAN006298

Are you ready to Invent, Impact, Inspire?


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.


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.


Due to continued growth and investment, MSD are hiring a Associate Director – Automation Projects within Global Engineering Solutions (GES) supporting the MSD Capital Project Portfolio. The Associate Director, Automation projects lead serves as the single point of contact for delivery of Automation and IT scope  in support of significant capital projects (between $100MM and $500MM) managed by Global Engineering Solutions (GES), for Human Health, Animal Health, or our research division. The incumbent will partner with stakeholders in the business, GES and Digital Shop Floor Platform to ensure that projects are correctly scoped and delivered with appropriate technology and qualification standards. The incumbent will be accountable for finance, staffing  and delivery of the end to end scope, typically in the range of 6-8% of the overall capital project spend.  


Key Responsibilities:


The Automation Project Manager is responsible for activities that include the following:

  • Partner with local business leadership and project teams to scope for Automation and IT aspects of capital projects bringing knowledge of Automation technologies and the Manufacturing Systems Architecture

  • Financial accountability for Automation / IT Spend (typically in the range of 6-8% of total capital cost)

  • Understand and educate local project teams on automation standards as they relate to technology selection, system configuration, SDLC, validation, hardware, software environments and business processes

  • Develop and execute project staffing plans

  • Close liaison with Process Engineering Lead and Engineering Contractors

  • Drive efficiencies in  execution of projects to reduce costs and cycle times based on standards

  • Engages with stakeholders at all levels of projects, including active participation in Project Steering teams

  • Develops resourcing strategy for projects. Either self-manages projects, partners with regional Digital Shopfloor Delivery leads to assign and mentor resources on projects, or engages with contract firms to procure resources

  • Ensures that SDLC is appropriately applied


  • BS in Engineering, Computer Science, or other technical degree

  • MS in Computer Science or related field/MBA a plus

  • 8 or more years of experience in  project/automation/IT  support and/or Vaccines  / Pharmaceutical Manufacturing front line supervision

  • Proven record of proficiencies associated with business analysis on small sized projects

  • Excellent understanding of cGMP's, SDLC methodologies and LEAN/MPS/ Sigma principles

  • Excellent facilitation, problem solving, and decision making skills

  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and define business problems, develop business cases, and identify appropriate process and technological solutions is essential

  • Proven facilitation, meeting/workshop management, project management and change management skills are essential, along with excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as strong presentation skills


  • Strong record of delivery of automation projects

  • Experience of management of a portfolio of projects at any given time


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.

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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
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