Associate Director, Engineering (M/W)

Merck International Vienna , VA 22181

Posted 2 weeks ago

Requisition ID: CHE006267

MSD 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 MSD has codified its 125-year legacy. MSD's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

A vacancy exists within our Global Engineering Solutions (GES) group for an Associate Director, Engineering supporting GES executed Animal Health capital projects in Vienna Austria. Reporting to the GES Area Director, this will be a key role in the EMEA GES Project Delivery organization at a site with growing capital investment needs to meet site master plan requirements.

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing a portfolio of projects for which GES have responsibility for between Euro 4-20 M per project. Projects involve a wide variety of brownfield, retrofit and shutdown work and involve facility, manufacturing and lab projects.

The role will involve developing relationships and working very closely with the site team to understand and address business needs.

Main responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Develop project plans & strategies and successfully execute them according to established schedule, cost and performance standards.

  • Ensure there is a strong safety culture and performance in the execution of capital projects.

  • Manage design, construction, commissioning and qualification, in collaboration with other project team members, operations personnel, safety and quality representatives and outside contractors and suppliers.

  • Track and report progress as required against project deliverables, highlight risks and mitigation plans and provide regular updates to project sponsors.

  • Manage and set up a team of individual contract project managers in order to deliver the portfolio, develop resource plans to manage and balance the portfolio of project work.

  • Work with procurement team to identify suitable suppliers and execution strategies to execute the different work (together with procurement team).

  • Work with local site team to identify the capital project requirements and help initate and charter new projects to meet the business needs.


  • Must have as a minimum a 3rd level Degree in Engineering, preferably Chemical or Mechanical.

  • Can work in German and English.

  • A minimum of ten years of relevant experience in project management of capital projects in the Pharma industry including experience with managing project portfolios and small project teams.

  • Understands the typical project life cycle from concept through to qualification and has proven experience in this area.

  • Proven knowledge, appreciation and experience of working in strongly regulated GMP environment.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and an understanding of the customer/client relationship involved in project management.

  • Excellent communication /presentation skills as position will need to make presentations to key senior stakeholders.

  • Demonstrated performance in building and managing multi-functional teams.

  • Experience in lean six sigma techniques would be an advantage.

The minimum salary for this position is 58,700.00

Your role at MSD 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 MSD, we're inventing for life.

MSD is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at MSD via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of MSD. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by MSD as a result of the referral or through other means.

Job: Chemical Engineering

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Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

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Company Trade Name: MSD

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