Merck Assoc. Director, Remediation & Network in Kenilworth, New Jersey

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

As a member of the Remediation and Network team, the Remediation Associate Director will report to the Director Remediation & Network, part of the Global Safety and Environment Center of Excellence (CoE).

Essential responsibilities of this position:

  • The Remediation Associate Director will manage an environmental Remediation Project portfolio of 5-15 projects globally with overall budget between $10.0MM - $25.0MM and an annual spend of approximately $2.0MM - $5.0MM USD. Additionally, the Remediation Associate Director must possess a level of expertise / ability to take an existing remedy-in-place and refine it to address high risk areas of concern, with a focus on driving the reduction of remedial timeframes and reducing the company's long-term environmental liability.

  • Provide support and expert advice to site staff, Network teams and business leaders with respect to soil and groundwater contamination, equipment and facility decontamination and asset retirement obligations for a select portfolio of projects. The Remediation Associate Director will possess a specialized depth of knowledge and expertise in the area of soil and groundwater remediation and be able to not only manage a more complex portfolio of projects, but also act as a resource for colleagues across multiple remedial disciplines.

  • Lead Remediation project teams and collaborate with Regional leaders, site EHS teams, S&E Legal, outside counsel, Public Affairs and other stakeholders. The Remediation Associate Director must possess the ability to motivate their teams and use the diverse perspectives of others to generate innovative and cost-effective solutions to remedial challenges.

  • Prepare project supporting documents (Remediation project One-Page Summaries, budget, scope and schedule and Corporate Environmental Liability Reserve schedules) and present the most complex projects to senior management for approval. The Remediation Associate Director will also be required to develop / innovate / implement remediation strategies to comply with regulatory requirements and minimize liability (cost, regulatory, reputation) to the company.

  • For Network sites, provide direct and technical oversight for the establishment of the Decommissioning, Decontamination and Demolition (DDD) scope and ensure execution is aligned with internal company expectations and local regulations. The Remediation Associate Director will serve as Safety and Environmental Subject Matter Expert and core team member for Network teams closing / selling company sites and assets.

  • Support a portfolio of 4-8 sites in support of our company Network strategy to consolidate and streamline operations across manufacturing, research labs, and office buildings. Project specific, these activities typically range from approximately $0.2MM - $3.0MM.

  • Actively participate and represent EHS issues during site sale negotiations to ensure that company future liabilities (cost, regulatory, reputation) are minimized.

  • Support Due Diligence EHS activities during acquisition of property at existing facilities. Interpret results of Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessments and use own discretion to make recommendations to GRES on path forward.

  • Adhere to all financial commitments and processes.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Science or Engineering) - must

  • Master’s Degree (Science or Engineering) - desirable

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 15 years of Remediation / EHS experience

  • Knowledge and experience working with EHS regulations, specifically Remediation requirements and due diligence processes, preferably within a Pharmaceutical environment

  • Strong leadership, project management skills and financial acumen, with ethics as a core value.

  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills, ability to work transparently and independently and with a sense of urgency across various businesses and functions.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Professional Certifications (PE, CSP, CIH, LSRP) - desirable

  • Be able to maintain focus on the key project goals and priorities, while simultaneously balancing and adjusting to changing priorities.

  • Cultural sensitivity, diversity and effectiveness

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Job Environmental Science & Remediation

Title: Assoc. Director, Remediation & Network

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Requisition ID: ENV000661