Executive Director Quality Management Systems Chapter Owner – Manufacturing Job

Whitehouse Station West, NJ, US
February 28 2017
Organization Type
Executive Director Quality Management Systems Chapter Owner – Manufacturing-QUA005625


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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

This position is critical in Merck’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.

Act as a cross-functional leader to Simplify, Standardize & Sustain our QMS, for now and the future. This Executive Director will ensure cross functional alignment and act as change agent for the chapter, including Merck culture and behavior.

Lead development and execution of significant innovation projects driving operational improvements related to all the topics in Chapter 6.

Hold the overall responsibility for MMD Quality Management System Chapter 6 – Manufacturing that is critical to enable us to supply Quality products to our patient consistently, right first time and every time. Lead the re-design, implementation and sustainment of the global Manufacturing processes and systems end-to-end, specifically:

- lead a team of functional SMEs who own each topic in the Chapter

- manage the interdependency and collision among the topics within the chapter and between chapters

- develop and implement the strategy for the Manufacturing processes and systems to ensure sustainable compliance of all MMD sites and functions

- provides leadership and technical direction on regulatory requirements for manufacturing processes and associated support systems

- ensures quality requirements are sound and compliant by using insights, experience and judgment to proactively drive and improve the company’s QMS

Primary Activities:

- Develop the strategy and lead the implementation of the redesigned Manufacturing chapter across the MMD network and GMP activities in MRL; define the strategy for global requirements to drive harmonization of processes and systems

- Lead the implementation of Manufacturing requirements for both sterile and none sterile processing, including facility, Equipment, Environmental Control, Materials Management, Processing, Packaging, Sampling and Good Distribution Practices etc.

- Ensure quality requirements are sound and compliant by using insights, experience and judgment to proactively drive and improve the company’s QMS

- Provide leadership and technical direction on regulatory requirements for manufacturing processes and systems in the GMP/GDP environment

- Initiate, where appropriate, and lead communities of practice to drive best practice sharing and continuous improvements for manufacturing operations across the MMD network

- Monitor the QMS Manufacturing chapter health and proactively identify, investigate and resolve trends and patterns before they impact compliance and supply; define and drive implementation of performance metrics, as appropriate, to measure manufacturing compliance and performance across the MMD network

- Influence and advocate Merck’s position on manufacturing related to HA expectations through a strong network of external connections and effective external engagement

- Anticipate external trends through benchmarking and regulatory intelligence activities and prepare the company proactively for changes and continuous improvements


Education Requirement:

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


- Thorough understanding of regulatory requirements for manufacturing processes and controls of drugs, devices, biologics, including quality risk management

- Minimum of 20 years’ experience in the FDA and/or EU regulated pharmaceutical environment; with manufacturing site operational experience in leading major manufacturing operations and/or experience in related areas in Global functions; experience in vaccines, biologics, devices and API manufacturing requirements preferred

- Ability to accurately interpret and apply regulatory expectations for robust and compliant manufacturing operations in a drug, device and biologics environment

- Strong project management skills

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

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

- Proven ability to influence effectively without hierarchical authority multi-functional professionals to drive harmonization and proactive compliance

- Proven ability to effectively initiate and drive change across the MMD network

- Self-motivated with a high degree of ownership and accountability for results

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Job: Quality GMP Related

Job Title:Exec. Dir, Quality Systems & Compliance

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Whitehouse Station West

Other Locations: NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth, NA-US-PA-West Point

Employee Status: Regular

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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