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Associate Director, Global Engineering Solutions

Job Description

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

Our Global Engineering Solutions (GES) executes a wide variety of capital and expense projects to ensure that our company has the capabilities and facilities to meet our goal to provide World Class Supply of Medicines and support our "Inventing for Life" Objective. The Global Engineering Solutions (GES) group is seeking an Associate Director of Engineering to manage a series of smaller projects within a portfolio in the manufacturing, laboratory and infrastructure lines of business.

Lead the delivery of projects for Global Engineering Solutions in Durham, NC.   Manage projects from business case development through asset realization with careful attention to quality and achieving the business needs.  Demonstrated excellence in project management, leadership and communication skills required.   Critical thinking and an understanding of lean methodologies are important for success.  

The Associate Director, Engineering will strive to develop good relationships with cross-functional areas consisting of all aspects of the business including Operations, Quality, Technology, Maintenance, and Safety.

 Responsibilities include:

  • Managing an integrated project team to deliver critical assets on time and within a prescribed budget

  • Leading the development of project execution plans

  • Verifying that project scopes provide an effective business solution

  • Managing projects process through effective design strategies

  • Developing and implementing suitable procurement strategies

  • Understanding and managing project cost budgeting and control

  • Managing schedule development and control

  • Providing construction management oversight

  • Implementing change management and control

  • Managing communications requirements with effective reporting and distribution of information

  • Risk management planning and mitigation

  • Managing/ implementing commissioning, qualification, contract administration and project close-out.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering   OR   at least 15 years equivalent relevant work experience

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelors’ degree and at least ten (10) years experience executing/delivering a variety of capital and/or expense projects or HS diploma/ Associates’ degree and at least 15 years equivalent relevant work experience

  • Experience in managing an integrated project team to deliver critical assets on time and within a prescribed budget.

  • A minimum of 10 years of operations and/or project management experience

  • An understanding of GMP and regulatory qualification requirements and expectations

  • Pharmaceutical industry experience

  • Construction and process safety experience

  • Proficient oral and written communication skills along with the ability to deliver project status and funding presentations in a concise, effective and organized manner.

  • Outstanding decision-making skills and strengths in change management and team alignment.

  • The ability to collaborate in a team environment that is sensitive to the needs of the business.

​Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in Lean Project Delivery Methodologies (i.e. target value design, off-site fabrication, pull planning scheduling tools) considered a plus

  • Practical experience with lean construction methods

  • Team building and leadership skills

  • Project controls background

  • Offsite construction experience

  • Demonstrated use of BIM

  • Commissioning and qualification experience

  • Experience implementing project QA/QC programs

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

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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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No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

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Requisition ID:R11781

Associate Director, Global Engineering Solutions

Durham, NC
Full Time

Published on 09/27/2019