Associate Director - Pharmaceutical Operations Oss Job

Date: Jan 11, 2019

Location: Oss, NB, NL

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Requisition ID: MAN005738

For our Pharmaceutical Operations organization in Oss (The Netherlands) we are currently recruiting an:


Associate Director - Pharmaceutical Operations Oss

The Department
MSD Pharmaceutical Operations (Pharm Ops) is located in Oss, Netherlands. Pharm Ops is responsible for the manufacturing, packaging and distribution of pharmaceutical end products to over more than 100 countries. Core business is to ensure medicines are delivered in a safe, reliable and cost-effective way.

Within MSD Pharm Ops the Integrated Process Team (IPT) Solids Packaging is responsible for packaging of the wide range of Solids products. IPT Solids Packaging is a self-reliant business unit that includes approximately 170 team members, containing packaging operations, maintenance & reliability, process automation, planning & scheduling, quality and EHS compliance, technical support for the shop-floor and key strategic investment projects.

The Position
Reporting into the Director Operations (IPT Lead) we are looking for a senior leader, who will have the ambition and potential to grow to an IPT Lead role within a time frame of 2-3 years. This should be accomplished by driving change and working for different organizational entities within Pharm Ops. 


In this role you will be responsible for:


  • Leading complex improvement projects;

  • Leading the implementation of industrial transfers to facilitate MSD’s global industrial footprint strategy;

  • Realizing productivity targets and management of the productivity funnel;

  • Developing project management capabilities in Pharm Ops;

  • Program Management in line with the Pharm Ops strategy;

Next to the responsibilities as described above you will be responsible for:



  • Supporting the IPT Lead in translating strategic goals into operational targets.


Operational Excellence

  • Responsible for driving operational excellence across multiple factories in Pharm Ops.

Project/ Program Management

  • Responsible for the initiation, prioritization and execution of productivity improvements and projects.

  • Leading complex improvement projects and developing project management (and other) capabilities in Pharm Ops;

  • Representing the IPT Lead in steering committees of multiple complex (transfer) projects.

Build Talent

  • Developing LEAN leadership capabilities, program and project management capabilities in Pharm Ops;

  • Close collaboration with site leadership team members.

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a technical area, business administration or supply chain management; 

  • At least 10 years of operations experience in the pharmaceutical and/or medical device industry including significant leadership roles;

  • Proven change management capabilities;

  • Excellent project management skills;

  • Track record in successful LEAN implementation;

  • Structured and strategic thinker;

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and strong personality;

  • Excellent social and communication skills;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Dutch.


About MSD
MSD is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us. Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork.  As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.


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A good place to work
Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives.


For more information about the role and the application process you can contact Niels Pleunis, Director of Operations, Pharmaceutical Operations Oss, by phone: +31 6 11 21 33 59.

If you are interested in this challenging role, you are invited to apply online by uploading your resume and application letter in English.

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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
Number of Openings: 1
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