Senior Learning Specialist Job

Date: Dec 26, 2018

Location: Dublin, IE

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Requisition ID: EMP001132

Senior Learning Specialist

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.


The Senior Learning Specialist will define, develop, and facilitate all learning and development plans and activities for particular client group(s) within the site in support of the site’s learning strategy and Annual Learning Plan. This individual will partner will their clients to implement and ensure adherence to the site’s learning processes/system and will work with their peers to continuously improve the learning processes through to foster a continuous learning environment.


  • Establishes relationships with and partners with client group(s) to interpret the business goals/objectives, assesses requirements and collaboratively identifies appropriate learning solutions for client area.

  • Conducts learning needs assessments and/or job analyses with client to identify relevant learning plans and solutions. Solves complex problems, taking a new perspective on existing solutions.

  • With the business, implements learning strategy/plans (inclusive of job and functional skills) for business client. Monitors progress with appropriate documentation and metrics and defines opportunities for continuous improvement.

  • Implements standard learning processes for client group; ensures ongoing adherence through coaching and appropriate use of metrics and makes decisions within guidelines and policies.

  • Qualifies and coaches skills trainers and classroom facilitators within client group to ensure optimal delivery of training programs.

  • Ensures implementation of global, site and local area training programs, as needed by client. Delivers assigned routine training as required.

  • Works collaboratively within the Learning organization to implement, maintain and continuously improve standard site learning processes (i.e., Job Skills Qualification, SOP Process, Annual GMP, Safety Programs and New Employee Onboarding).

  • Understands and applies regulatory/compliance training requirements. Ensures client is in Permanent Inspection Readiness and cGMP Compliance as it relates to Training/Learning & Development.

  • Support any Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) or Quality Compliance regulatory audits as required.

  • Collaborate with Global Learning and Development, Learning Support Services and other manufacturing sites to implement best practices. Using own expertise and experience, inputs/makes recommendations for continuous improvement to processes or services.

  • Manage a medium size project, with limited resources, and some risk and complexity.


The Senior Learning Specialist will report to the Site Learning Lead.




  • Experience in Lean Manufacturing Production Systems

  • Experience using a Learning Management System (LMS)

  • Working knowledge and application of Adult Learning Principles and Evaluation Methodologies

  • At least 5 yrs experience in either Quality, Engineering, or Operations


  • Minimum of 7 years of experience in a people development role (Learning & Development/Human Resources/Organizational Development)

  • Minimum of 7 years of pharmaceutical manufacturing experience


  • Working Across Boundaries: Thinks and acts broadly, beyond one’s silo – bridges boundaries across teams, functions, divisions, geographies, external stakeholders and customers. Demonstrates an understanding of how one’s job responsibilities contribute to the departments goals and a knowledge of the business’s core strategy for long-term success.

  • Fosters Interpersonal Relationships & Collaboration: Actively listens and seeks to understand differing perspectives; work together to achieve the common goals of MSD. Demonstrated skill in applying approaches, tools, and techniques for working with individuals and groups in a constructive and collaborative manner, including the ability to build and maintain critical networks and collaborative relationships.
    Productive Communications (Oral & Written): Ability to distribute accurate information and craft messages for appropriate target audiences, with guidance if needed. Speaks and writes clearly and concisely with the ability to select the appropriate form of communication to


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent

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





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Job: Employee Dev./Training Generic
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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