Director, Safety & Environment (Kenilworth, NJ)

Kenilworth, NJ, US
January 22 2018
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Requisition ID: ENV000550

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. Responsible for environmental, health, and safety (EHS) programs and compliance for the multi-divisional Kenilworth, New Jersey site (approximately 2,300 employees conducting research and development, as well as utilities/support and administrative activities. Site also serves as Corporate Headquarters). Directs EHS programs and influences site leadership to assure regulatory compliance, achieve continuous performance improvement, and integrate EHS performance objectives into standard work processes. Develops strategies to achieve these goals in alignment with site business goals and values. 
  • Acting with considerable independence, direct professional EHS staff activities to ensure site-wide EHS compliance and drive personal ownership and accountability for all employees. Coach site operational leaders to be visible EHS advocates in perspective areas of responsibility. Ensure comprehensive change management of all EHS and Site initiatives to ensure ongoing compliance. 
  • Implement Merck corporate EHS strategy at the site operations level: evaluate numerous competing initiatives, ensure robust process, systems, and resources are in place for all areas of accountability, complete internal audits and self assessments to monitor program effectiveness. 
  • Assure completion of all regulatory submissions, notifications, etc. required to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local EHS requirements. 
  • Direct staff of 9 EHS professionals to analyze and communicate (site, regional, and corporate levels) performance against expectations; provide feedback, establish and track required actions to improve. Lead development and ensure delivery of required EHS training programs. 
  • Monitor and influence local regulatory climate, negotiate and advocate with EHS agencies and external stakeholders. Develop guidance to site operations on impact of new regulations and how to meet new requirements. 
  • Collaborate with site senior management, Legal and Public Affairs representatives. 
  • Recruit, lead, and develop staff to achieve these outcomes and metrics. 
  • Interact frequently with the site senior leadership team and other senior level executives in Merck Research Laboratories, Global Workplace and Enterprise Services, Office of General Counsel and corporate headquarters executives. 
  • Communicate clearly and concisely complex technical and regulatory information to both senior level leaders and shop floor employees at the site. 
  • Exercise good judgment to discern critical issues and events for escalation to senior level management. 

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, concentration in Engineering, Environmental or Safety related technical discipline preferred.
Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 10 years professional work experience coupled with 7 years applied professional EHS work experience.
  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience managing direct reports, attracting talent & building a strong team.
Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Masters/MBA desirable.
  • Relevant professional certification(s) preferred.
  • Lean/Six Sigma experience desirable. 
  • Strong leadership and change leadership skills. 
  • Experience sitting on senior leadership teams to set strategy and make decisions for the site. 
  • Strong knowledge of Merck and related divisional activities and their relationship to EHS regulations and company goals/strategies. 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate with regulatory agencies and senior operations leaders. 
  • Experience working in a union environment. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.  
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: Env, Health & Safety Generic
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Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
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Company Trade Name: Merck

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