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Merck & Co, Inc

Operational Excellence Technical Lead - Manufacturing (Director Level)

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer


Leopardstown, Leinster, Ireland

Job Description

MPS’ is our internal equivalent to Lean/Toyota based Production System
Position Overview:
Apply advanced approaches to develop a continuous improvement and problem solving environment and steer the organisation as an MPS Professional. Ensure the organisation, at all levels, impact the status quo to achieve business needs by using and deploying the MPS Management System appropriately in all the organisation’s areas of business, Above Site, Site levels as well as External manufacturing.
Under the direction of the Regional Site Support Director, the MPS Technical Director will work with management teams and sites manufacturing Drug Substance, Drug Product and Packaging. Approximately 50% of the time will be spent on the floor providing direct, hands on support of activities, while 25% will be spent coaching executives and managers within the Line of Business (LoB) 25% Book of Knowledge Due to the nature of the work and diversity of sites, expected travel up to 75%.
Technical Director role includes but is not limited to the following deliverables:
  • Partner with and consult functional management, plant managers and their SLTs to provide strategic oversight and vision for the implementation of
    MPS within the company and to develop Strategic plans and execute performance improvement activities to achieve business goals.
  • Develop and/or influence standard systematic improvement approaches to be adopted by the team
  • Develop and maintain a “book of knowledge” specific to Drug Substance, Drug Product and Packaging which allows for ever more fast and effective progress with each successive engagement at a customer
  • Manage end-to-end LoB process improvements and projects to drive results and realize intended business benefit
  • Utilize various tools, techniques, and way of thinking in conjunction with the House of MPS and MPS improvement system to diagnose, investigate and improve business processes
  • Provide teaching and coaching to effectively develop talent and transfer Lean skills into the organization for the development of Lean experts.
  • Act as the recognized global point of contact and expert for any DS/DP
    /Packaging related subject as informed by the latest developments
  • Support and train all GMPS team members on the book of knowledge
  • High level of Change Management Expertise enabling coaching and development of others to ensure all MMSO activities include appropriate SRF
    (change management) methods and risk mitigation approaches.
  • Support all areas of the Business with Change Execution Management guidance no matter what the program content.

MPS Technical Director Capabilities:
  • Skilled in application of advanced MPS skills needed to drive beyond stability and into more advanced areas of
  • Efficiency improvements beyond stability (labor, material, equipment, method – 4M)
  • Lead time reduction (inventory)
  • Door to door pull systems
  • Rhythm wheels and role cards
  • Proactive approaches to reduce problems
  • Integration with Digital solutions and opportunities
  • Demonstrates End to End Business Acumen focused on Outcomes Orientation and be able to engage sponsor and clients, direct major changes, and effectively coach senior management and E2E Managers.
  • Demonstrate the capability to drive accountability for execution while navigating and influencing stakeholder
  • Capable of assessing the organization and intervening effectively.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use knowledge and
    to foresee global market and economic trends, and work with management to create effective strategies to take advantage of these trends.
  • Proactively recognize and mitigate barriers to cross-functional initiatives and can act as an intermediary across divisional, geographical, and cultural boundaries.
  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement an improving on the status quo, while driving departmental/regional strategies that align with the Company’s long-term strategy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively scope, assign tasks and allocate resources for meeting goals within projected budget.
  • Mentor others on effective communication and active listening techniques to fully understand client/customer needs and expectations.
  • Carry out deep process analysis through value stream mapping to measure stagnation of inventory and information and can guide kaizen to increase capacity and improve process performance.
  • Develop visual controls and framework to make problems visible and
    responds with urgency to effectively break down complex problems, direct root cause analysis, and develop effective countermeasures.
  • Coach kaizen with a team to achieve multiple target conditions to achieve an overall goal.
  • Build trust and develop new relationships with internal and external clients to effectively collaborate and achieve successful outcomes at a regional/global.
  • Expertise in advanced process improvement methods (observations, SWCT,RC
    , RW, etc.)
Minimum Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field (Master’s Degree preferred)
Required Experience and Skills:
  • Proven record of successful Operational Excellence/Lean implementation including Strategy Development/Deployment
  • Specific background in successfully bringing about improvements in Pharma Drug Substance, Drug Product, Packaging beyond basic stability
  • Expertise in analyzing complex end-to-end supply chains and driving process improvement
  • Hands on application of Lean tools and techniques: Standardized work, scientific problem solving, value stream mapping, mistake proofing,
    SMED , 5S-Visual management, Heijunka
  • Experience applying consultative skills: ability to influence decision making, execute and coach on change management (SRF ), ability to interact with all levels of the business (senior leaders to shop floor working teams), project management skills (demonstrated ability in managing large teams), solid business acumen, proven team building skills, exceptionally good listening skills, results oriented, strong
    analytical skills, and prior process improvement roles..
  • Coaching, Teaching and driving a high-performance organization. Proven record in coaching and teaching others to think, behave and apply lean methods and tools. Ability to enable and leverage diverse perspectives, talents, etc. to achieve business outcomes.

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:R254377