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Merck & Co. Inc.

Specialist, Contractor Management Safety (R117987)





Elkton, Virginia, United States

Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity with a rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturer? If so, this is the opportunity for you!

The Specialist, Contractor Management Safety will report to the Contractor Management Safety Lead and collaborate with the Operational Safety Team. This professional will be required to leverage technical, contractor, and operational safety experience launching and sustaining a contractor management program which includes contractor qualification, selection and management focused on contractor management, contractor liaison and contractor auditing responsibilities in support of the Global Safety & Environment Standards for Contractor Management.

The Contractor Management Safety organization will be responsible for proactively enhancing the Site’s contractor safety culture and audit preparedness through delivery of world class training and program integration and coaching with sitewide contractors in Capital Project Engineering, Facilities Engineering, Global Engineer Solutions, Laboratories and Maintenance to perform compliant work in the areas of construction, capital projects, maintenance and repair and utility and support system operations, agency contractors and general service contractors.

Ultimately, key performance indicators for this position will be realized by significant and sustained reduction in contractor related safety incidents, injuries, and safety related contractor audit findings.

They will partner with operations to develop objectives to achieve these goals in alignment with site business goals and values.


  • Coach operations leaders to enable them to successfully implement the safety and environmental program | Monitor compliance to EHS programs, track metrics and communicate status

  • Advise the organization of regulatory agency compliance changes and their impact to the EHS program and organization

  • Develop productive working relationships with federal, state and local authorities, technical and industrial groups and consultants to keep abreast of pending requirements and interpretations of existing rules | Maintain liaison with outside organizations, peer companies and agencies as necessary to assure compliance and communication in the areas of emergency response, mutual aid, regulatory bodies, professional societies, and industrial groups

  • Prepare, coordinate and present environmental, safety and industrial hygiene, process safety, emergency response and/or security training

  • Identify EHS program and training improvement opportunities | Develop enhanced EHS procedures, guidelines and training programs

  • Analyze safety metrics and review incidents weekly and monthly to identify incident trends | Communicate trends to leadership

  • Utilize the audit strategy to ensure regulatory and corporate EHS program compliance

  • Utilizes department-specific IT systems related to EHS, providing project management to third party vendors when necessary

  • Ultimately, key performance indicators for this position will be realized by both significant and sustained reduction of overall safety incidents, zero injuries, and zero Contractor Management related audit findings

  • Demonstrated experience in change management and cross organizational collaboration

Education Requirement

  • Bachelor degree or higher with a concentration in Safety, Environmental, Science, Engineering or related technical discipline and two (2) years of experience OR

  • Master Degree with one (1) year of related experience OR

  • High School diploma and ten (10) years of related experience OR

  • Four (4) years of related military experience.

Experience and Skills


  • Professional work experience in Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), project management, engineering discipline including Operational Safety experience in a contractor management environment

  • High Risk Work Permitting and Regulations (Ex: Electrical, Confined Space, Elevated Work, Lock Out Tag Out, Line Breaking, Crane Operations, and Hazardous Energy Control)

  • Construction Site Safety and Inspections

  • Workflow and Project Management

  • Proactive Risk Management and Reduction | Process Safety Management and Operational Safety & Health Regulatory Compliance

  • Contractor management

  • Managing and developing talent

  • Assessing and managing to DEP, EPA and OSHA regulations

  • Demonstrate strong project management techniques

  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated problem solving ability

  • Developing and managing EHS program, training and systems

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, including comfort interfacing with site leaders

  • Ability to develop and implement department goals and strategies

  • High level of interpersonal skills to work effectively with others


  • Contractor Management operational programs

  • Development of Adult Learning training in the area of Contractor Management

  • Implementing lean principles and process improvement in an operational environment

  • Certified Safety Professional

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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Requisition ID:R117987