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Merck & Co. Inc.

Executive Director Global Safety & Environmental (Biologics & Sterile) (R132873)





Kenilworth, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Our Company is a trusted global leader in human and veterinary medicine, dedicated to preserving and improving health, well-being, and performance. We are a global team of EHS professionals working collectively within the company to make a positive difference in health care and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, animals, society, and our planet. We have a leadership role in our EHS organization available which is accountable for all environmental, health, and safety (EHS) program execution and compliance at our Manufacturing Division's Global Biologics and Sterile manufacturing areas across the network globally.

This goal of this position is to influence site, regional and global business partners to drive prioritization of regulatory compliance, continuous performance improvement, and integration of EHS performance objectives into standard work processes. We are looking for a candidate that models a strong compliance mind set, draws on direct manufacturing and pharmaceutical experience and develops strategies to achieve these goals in alignment with company business objectives and values. Our new partner should be self-motivated, reliable, and persistent as well as energized and motivated by identifying and developing talent.

Must be collaborative and enthusiastic with a focus on the global EHS team’s engagement and success within the company. Primary Activities:

  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) performance and compliance through active participation and promotion of our Company's EHS&S Program. Assure compliance objectives and team goals are achieved per requirements/schedule.
  • Provide expert advice and technical guidance for EHS&S programs and projects. Serve as key person accountable for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the EHS management system.
  • Identify and develop talent at all levels of the organization.
  • Interface with Corporate, Division, plant and external community organizations/agencies regarding EHS&S issues and strategy. Serve as single EHS&S point of contact for Global Biologics and Sterile Operations in our manufacturing division.
  • Develop solutions that are progressive, innovative, compliant, and scalable. Demonstrate robust portfolio and project management and rapid disciplined decision making.
  • Drive continuous improvement, innovation, and sustainable results across EHS&S projects/programs, EHS assessments and resulting action plans; ensure identified actions are completed in accordance with identified target dates.
  • Review and/or approve regulatory permits, inspection outcomes and audit report findings to assure appropriate submission, impact, and/or action. Develops/oversees solutions and reports status readily to executive management.
  • Anticipate, recognize, and respond to changing internal and external trends, market conditions, regulatory legislation, etc., evaluate and integrate the information to define the potential effect on the company/network.
  • Facilitate leadership team cohesion, assure rapid communication, and best practice sharing with peers/management. Prospectively function as a conduit of information between the operating facilities and EHS&S management at Site, Division and Corporate levels. Own decisions and be accountable for outcomes.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor ’s Degree required (should have a concentration in Biology, Engineering, Environmental Science or related technical discipline).
  • Masters/MBA; Relevant professional certification (preferred).

Skills to be successful:

  • Has direct experience in leading multiple geographically dispersed sites, matrixed functions, or manufacturing operations within the pharmaceutical, chemical or other like industry.
  • Clear and recognizable appreciation of the processes, equipment and methods associated with manufacturing.
  • Must be willing to tackle tough issues with tact and diplomacy in a timely fashion.
  • Proven experience leading a site program such as Manufacturing, Research, Tech Ops function, Quality or EHS Plant Leadership in pharmaceutical or chemical industry.
  • Robust skills interpreting and applying regulatory frameworks such OSHA , OHSAS 18000, EPA, ISO, NFPA,GMP
  • Strong leadership, talent management, change execution, and financial management skills. Readily and actively contributes to the success of the global team.
  • Ability to simultaneously balance and adjust to multiple changing priorities and make decisions with speed, discipline, and accuracy.
  • Robust interpersonal, written, and verbal communication; visible proclivity for collaboration and driving improved outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate with regulatory agencies and senior operations leaders ; escalates issues rapidly to point of resolution.
  • Vision and sound judgment with a willingness to influence and offer new ideas; ability to develop strategy and execute tactically.
  • Excellent coaching & development experience, development of people, and succession planning. Builds and cultivates strong collaborative relationships with stakeholders.
  • Ability to distill complex issues and concepts into frameable and relevant communications or escalations.
  • Declarative and provides strong sponsorship of own, line, or executive management decisions.
  • Up to 25% international travel is required

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

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Requisition ID:R132873