Associate Director, Vaccine Operations

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. Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that's committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.  As part of the Merck Manufacturing Division (MMD), West Point's Vaccine Operations is seeking highly motivated individuals at an Associate Director level to provide tactical and strategic management for Vaccine production areas.  Currently there are multiple openings for Associate Director, Vaccine Operations at the West Point Site and successful candidates will be assigned to an operating area by IPT Leadership Teams. Accountability Has accountability for the performance and operations of a small manufacturing sub-segment with Plant Transfers to Inventory typically less than $25M; Second level manager typically with Shop Floor Managers (M1s) as direct reports; Ensure that Area objectives are achieved while reliably supplying quality product at a competitive cost consistent with Merck, Regulatory Agency, and State and Local code requirements for quality, good manufacturing practices (GMP), equal employment opportunity, finances, labor, employee, environment and safety; Tactical and strategic Area management, including collaboration with indirect staff; Promote the behaviors and principles that drive continuous improvement. Duties Manages individual contributors (professional employees) and/or supervisors;  Contributes to the performance and results of a department;  Adapts departmental plans and priorities to address resource and operational challenges;  Provides technical guidance to employees, colleagues or clients;  Anticipates and interprets client and/or customer needs to identify solutions;  Applies management skills to align staff activities with department objectives;  Identifies and resolves technical and operational problems; collaborates with peers to resolve problems that cross into inter-related units;  Adapts and implements departmental plans and priorities based on division scorecard to address local business, service and operational challenges;  Forecasts resource needs; manages allocated budget;  Makes decisions - guided by policies and procedures - that impact the unit's ability to meet performance objectives; Compliance - Responsible for creating and sustaining a culture that ensures that compliance (Safety, Environment, cGMP, etc.) are imperatives for the business.  Responsible for establishing a Right First Time culture by reducing waste and constantly driving continuous improvement.  Responsible to review and approve compliance documents, as per procedures or need. Supply - Lead Area daily walkthrough.  Exercise independent judgment and decision making to ensure quality product is reliably produced while managing cost.  Responsible for Area supply performance metrics (Schedule Adherence, Release on Time, Customer service performance, Product Lead Time, etc.).   Continuous Improvement - Accountable for developing a Merck Production System (MPS) and continuous improvement culture while achieving MPS Targets and business results for the Area.  Develop strategic initiatives related to the manufacturing process, equipment and human resources in support of long range operating plans.   Report Area monthly metrics and any action plans to address gaps to the IPT Leadership team.  Identify, prioritize, and champion improvement projects to improve process efficiency, cycle time, and yield, reduce process variability, and eliminate waste. Financial Stewardship - Responsible for development and management of the Area operating budget as defined with the profit plan.  Accountable for meeting the operating budget and continuously reducing cost.  Ensure members of the Area have business acumen and understand how they may impact business finances. People Management - Responsible for creating and sustaining a highly engaged workforce through utilization of Merck Leadership Behaviors and Inclusion.  Provide coaching on professional development and career paths.  Provide timely feedback and performance evaluations for direct reports after obtaining the relevant input and evaluation.  Provide feedback and input on performance evaluations for indirect staff.  Support IPT Talent Management. In accordance with Policy 82 - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions. Qualifications Education Minimum Requirement:  Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Science, Engineering or another technical field RequiredExperience and Skills :  Minimum (6) years' experience in more than one functional area, such as Operations, Quality, Technical Operations, Technology, Engineering, Maintenance, and/or Supply Chain  Concurrently, minimum (2) years of line experience, with responsibility for direct reports PreferredExperience and Skills: 10 years' experience in more than one functional area, such as Operations, Quality, Technical Operations, Technology, Engineering, Maintenance, and/or Supply Chain  Concurrently, minimum 5 years of line experience, with responsibility for direct reports Minimum of 5 years' experience in relevant manufacturing or processing (aseptic/sterile, bulk, solid oral dosage, packaging, etc.) Demonstrated knowledge of High Performing Organization tools and methodology, including Lean processing Demonstrated ability to create an engaged workforce using Inclusion as the How Demonstrated experience of interacting with site, divisional or regulatory audits Demonstrated success with Talent Management Requisition ID: MAN005286
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
5 - 7 years

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