Associate Director – EU Project Control Lead Job

Date: Jan 11, 2019

Location: Luzern, LU, CH

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Requisition ID: ENG004286

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.

The Area Project Control Leader is a key position in Global Estimating and Control (E&C) with the mandate to provide effective and innovative cost and schedule solutions for our business partners to maximize their value and for our teams to ensure successful project execution.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following tasks:


  • Ensure minimum essential estimating, planning/scheduling, managing and controlling elements are in place for all projects in their assigned portfolio

  • Teach & coach teams, suppliers, specialists on implementation of new techniques (Target Value Delivery, Target Schedules, Last Planner®, Production Planning & Control, etc.)

  • Monitor leading indicators and trends to provide early warning of issues to project teams, the E&C Lead and Regional Directors

  • Collaborate with teams to solve problems before they become overruns or missed deadlines

  • Focus on control and continuous improvement




  • Establish and implement Project Control execution plans

  • Develop, monitor and maintain overall Monthly Project Cost Reports including:  cost budgeting/forecasting/reporting, progress measurement/schedule status, change management, risk management, and early warning of issues

  • Support implementation of Target Value Delivery

  • Develop and maintain overall Project Spending Plans

  • Interface with AE (Architect Engineer) & CM (Construction Management) Project Control personnel to ensure timely communication and support of project scheduling, control and reporting requirements

  • Leading interactive planning sessions for project schedules

  • Schedule development, maintenance, analysis and reporting using the Critical Path Method (CPM) and the Last Planner® System

  • Working knowledge of progress measurement methods and understanding of earned value systems

  • Development of project staffing plans for new projects and ongoing projects

  • Understanding and implementation of Change Management and Risk Management

  • Understanding and reporting of cost accruals

  • Support of project financial close out requirements including asset definition and valuation

  • Oversight of individuals performing some, or all, of the above functions

  • Liaison with various groups outside the Engineering organization

Required Experience and Skills:


  • 10+ years applicable Project Control related experience

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills and willing to accept and drive change and innovation

  • Working knowledge of project cost and financial management aspects within SAP system (or similar) software

  • Working knowledge of scheduling and risk analysis software (e.g. Primavera P6, Primavera Risk Analysis, MS Project)

  • Ability to travel across Ireland and Continential Europe up to 50% of their time

  • Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in Lean Project Delivery Methodologies (e.g. Target Value Delivery and Last Planner®)

  • Pharmaceutical experience, including facility qualification and validation

  • Project Management, Construction Management and/or Estimating experience

  • Knowledge of Capital Management processes

  • Lean/Six Sigma experience


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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Job: Engineering Generic
Other Locations: BE; AT; NL; IE
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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