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Merck & Co, Inc

Director, Quality Management System | Batch Disposition




Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Director, Quality Management System | Batch Disposition that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

Summary, Focus and Purpose

This position is critical in our Company's effort to create a simplified, integrated, user-centric global Quality Management System (QMS) for our human health products, with an objective to enable consistently compliant product quality, continuous improvement and effective life-cycle management.

The Director, Quality Management System | Batch Disposition is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the development and execution of processes and procedures for Batch Disposition. Development and maintenance of procedures will be implemented in accordance with QMS Chapter 1 – Quality Management Systems Operation. The Director is also responsible for ensuring the E2E (End-to-End) life cycle process for their QMS is well defined per the attributes of a quality system, there is a robust management system in place to monitor the process, and that any gaps are identified and managed to completion. More specifically:

  • Processes are defined with adequate Procedures, Governance, and clear Roles, Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Organization and Infrastructure to support the execution of the processes are defined and installed

  • Metrics are developed for the ongoing evaluation that the system is working as intended, reviewed by the appropriate levels of management, and used as a basis for continual improvement

Key Functions

  • Work Independently and as a Team member with Integrity | Precision | Accomplishment | Motivational Ambition | Respect | Inclusion

  • Lead the design, development, and implementation of the Batch Disposition topic area within the Quality Systems and Compliance chapter (Chapter 3). Define the strategy for global requirements and procedures to drive harmonization of batch disposition processes and systems across the network

  • Lead cross-functional global teams developing content for the topic, and interface with other chapters/topics, and stakeholders across the network

  • Work with sub-topic owners and subject matter experts to assess system performance and drive continual improvement

  • Ensure quality requirements are sound and compliant by using insights, experience and judgment to proactively drive and improve the company’s QMS as it relates to lifecycle management of global and site/functional QMS documents and related processes

  • Provide leadership and technical direction on regulatory requirements for the batch disposition system in the GMP/GDP environment

  • Monitor global regulations with impact on the batch disposition topic with a focus on developing and sustaining an accurate interpretation of regulatory requirements in alignment with QMS policies and procedures

  • Help identify, resolve/mitigate, or appropriately escalate any issues or delays in topic content development and or improvements, and ensure all targets are met on time in alignment with quality expectations

  • As the business owner of several digital systems, actively participate in the identification, test and approvals of IT solutions that enable procedures execution in digital platforms

  • Drive the development, implementation and realization of permanent inspection readiness for the batch disposition topic

  • Actively participate in pharmaceutical industry meetings / regulatory symposia etc., to establish industry relationships, leverage industry best practices and benchmarking, stay abreast of regulatory trends, and implement action plans to proactively address potential GMP compliance impact


  • Bachelor's or higher degree in Life Sciences, Engineering or related relevant discipline

Experience | Skills | Knowledge


  • Ten years in an FDA and/or EU regulated pharmaceutical environment, preferably in a manufacturing site in leading manufacturing and/or quality roles and/or in Global Quality

  • Principled verbal and written communications

  • Demonstrated leadership in Quality and Compliance discipline and in-depth knowledge of global health authority regulations and requirements, with the ability to effectively translate and communicate these requirements

  • Subject matter expertise in regulatory requirements and expectations defined in ICH Q 10 for Pharmaceutical Quality Systems

  • Strong collaboration and cross-functional leadership skills to drive continuous improvement and promote knowledge sharing and endorsement of best practices across sites and functions

  • Excellent facilitation and project management skills

  • Proven ability to lead and implement multiple projects/tasks simultaneously with competing and/or changing priorities, effective time management

  • Demonstrated ability to influence areas not under direct control to achieve objectives and effectively communicate challenging goals and objectives

  • Demonstrated ability to make and act on decisions while balancing speed, quality and risk

  • Ability to provide innovative ideas to improve quality and compliance that create value including seeking new information and external insights

  • Capable of working and communicating effectively with all levels of the organization globally

  • Proven ability to effectively initiate and drive change across the Manufacturing Division network

  • Capable of facilitating global forums and maintaining effective Communities of Practice, Common Interest Groups and other Knowledge Management solutions

  • Experienced with data analytics, development and use of visualization tools to convey performance messaging


  • Experience in vaccines, biologics, devices and API regulations

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals 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., Rahway, 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 …
Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.

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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Requisition ID:R230268