Senior Technical Specialist ( Technical COE) Job

Date: Jun 25, 2019

Location: Cork, IE

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Requisition ID: ENG003747


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.


MSD Brinny is a leading facility for the development, testing and manufacturing of new biologics and vaccines, exporting to over 90 countries across the world. With a team of approximately 500 people, MSD Brinny specialises in the late-stage development and commercial supply of biotech products, including some of the company's most successful and life-changing treatments for oncology, hepatitis C and rheumatoid arthritis.
The Brinny site has been a vibrant part of the local Innishannon community for nearly 35 years and is now one of the region’s largest employers. MSD has invested €130m in the site since 2016 as a result of increased global demand for MSD medicines and vaccines which will see MSD Brinny further expand its production facilities and capacity to meet this demand.


The Senior Technical Specialist will be a key team member in the Technical Operations Team which provides technical expertise to a growing site with an expanding portfolio of technologies and products. The successful candidate will work in a dynamic environment with exciting career opportunities.

The Senior Technical Specialist will provide technical support and expertise to the drug substance and drug product production areas to ensure the manufacture of quality pharmaceutical products in accordance with the MSD Manufacturing Division Priorities of: Compliance, Supply, Strategy and Profit Plan.

Primary activities/responsibilities:

The Senior Technical Specialist is responsible for leading a range of technical projects including process technology transfers, continuous improvement projects and capital upgrade projects. This role will need to proactively manage and resolve issues before they impact the business priorities and will require a high level of project management skill.

The Tech Ops Department is a cross functional team providing technical support, guidance and direction to drug substance manufacturing, drug product manufacturing, laboratory operations and supply chain departments to ensure the success of the site. The Senior Technical Specialist will model the MSD leadership behaviours and understand the lean/Six Sigma principles to drive a culture of continuous improvement building a High Performance Organisation.

The Senior Technical Specialist will participate and comply with the MSD Manufacturing Division Quality Management System (QMS) requirements, including ownership, as relevant.


  • Provide technical expertise and project leadership within a wide range of technical projects within the site, such as the validation of new equipment, improvement to the manufacturing processes, process tech transfer/new product introduction, process validation, etc.

  • Provide technical review of change controls to ensure proposed changes are appropriately assessed from technical and validation perspectives

  • Lead complex troubleshooting/problem solving teams

  • Serve as technical SME during regulatory inspections

  • Provide technical stewardship, equipment resource planning and validation schedules

  • Provide ongoing coaching and support to the cross functional team members, to share their technical knowledge and promote best practices

  • Ensure supply of high quality product by providing technical and scientific product and process support to maximise process performance (product lifecycle management, continuous process improvement initiatives, etc.)

  • Ensure highest Quality & EHS Compliance standards by serving as site SME for selected chapters for Quality and/or EHS standards

  • Act as a deputy for the Technical Lead as required


Technical COE Lead




  • Demonstrated knowledge in more than one pharmaceutical and/or chemical manufacturing operation (e.g. manufacturing, quality, technical support, etc.) working at SME level.

  • At least 5 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry or a similar operating environment with experience in a technical role in a pharmaceutical manufacturing environment.

  • Demonstrated high level of problem solving and facilitation skills.

  • Demonstrated high level of project management and organisation.


  • Experienced in application of Lean Six Sigma and Lean methodologies with a continuous improvement focus.

  • Expert level understanding of regulatory and validation requirements.

  • SME in product technical / scientific support

  • Demonstrated experience in developing technical strategies and leading deployment and realization (e.e New product introduction, PPQ).


  • Skilled communicator with demonstrated successes in a team environment, such as project teams, Six Sigma team, continuous improvement, capital projects, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to realize improvement initiatives, through leadership of teams.

  • Demonstrated ability in holding project team members responsible for results and being decisive about non-performers

  • Skilled at stakeholder management and change management such as change execution methodology


  • MSc in Science, Technical or Engineering discipline

  • Desirable evidence of Continuous Professional Development.

  • Six Sigma Green Belt or equivalent

  • Desirable project management qualification such as PMP etc.

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: Engineering Generic
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Company Trade Name: MSD

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