Merck Associate Director, Process Safety Engineering in West Point, Pennsylvania

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.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

The Associate Director functions under the guidance of the Engineering Compliance Director within Global Engineering Solutions (GES) with focus on Design for Safety and Process Safety for all Lines of Business (Human Health, Animal Health, GWES (labs, facilities and utilities)). The Associate Director brings forward strong subject matter expertise to lead studies and evaluations, determine suitability, establish direction, conduct risk assessments, define safeguards, assess operability, interface with construction and commissioning as well as operational readiness.

The Associate Director will interface with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and participate on the Global Engineering Safety Council.

The Associate Director exhibits strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, decision making and the ability to guide global work. The candidate should have a strong understanding of equipment and facility design, safety practices, standards, operations, maintenance and industry regulations. Flexibility with global travel and varied work location is also required.

The Associate Director will lead the development and maintenance of core documents such as internal Practices, Procedures, Design Guides and Engineering Standards. In addition, they should participate in professional/technical organizations and in the development and delivery of subject matter training for GES.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Interface with SMEs and initiatives within Global Safety & the Environment.

  • Participate in the Global Engineering Safety Council.

  • Participate in Global Engineering Process Safety Committee.

  • Responsibilities range from defining intent in Front-End Loading, Peer input during design, oversight during operation and development/implementation of Process Safety Initiatives.

  • Core knowledge should include: Management of Change, Process Safety Management, Occupational Safety, and Process Hazard Analysis including HazOp Facilitation.

  • Support junior engineers in their assignments via oversight and technical guidance.

  • Developing and Maintaining core documents such as Internal Practices, Procedures, Design Guides and Engineering Standards.

  • Participation in professional/technical organizations.

  • Development and delivery of training related to process safety.

Education Minimum Requirement:

BS Degree in Engineering (Chemical or Mechanical Engineering preferred).

Required Experience and Skills:

Minimum 7 years Process Safety experience including prior operations experience in PSM covered processes, Engineering Design, Equipment Operation, Vendor Interface, Risk Assessment, Process Hazards Analysis, Process Safety, and Guidance Development is essential

The Associate Director must exhibit strong interpersonal and communication skills, decision making and the ability to guide global work. The candidate should have a strong understanding of equipment and facility design, safety practices, standards, operations, maintenance and industry regulations.

Preferred Experience and Skills: Pharmaceutical Manufacturing or Project Management Experience. Experience with Industrial Hygiene and Biosafety Containment (OEB & BSL), Life-Safety, Regulations/Industry Guidance (NFPA, ATEX, CE, Factory Mutual, and OSHA), PSV’s, Dust Handling, Chemical and Biological Processing and Ergonomics.

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 Chemical Engineering

Other Locations: NA-US-NC-Durham-RTP, NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Title: Associate Director, Process Safety Engineering

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: CHE006329