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Associate Director High Risk Work u0026 Emergency Response

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Merck & Co., Inc

Kenilworth, NJ

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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 & 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.

The Assoc. Director, High Risk Work/Emergency Response will provide expert technical leadership and consulting to global operations with a focus on identifying safety related hazards, assessing risks and assisting sites in implementing compliant technical solutions for high-risk work (HRW) (open flame/hot work, confined space, hazardous energy control, line breaking, machinery safety, electrical safety, work at heights, trenching and excavation).

Provide expert technical leadership and consulting to global operations with a focus on identifying fire/life safety and emergency response risks and assisting sites in implementing compliant technical solutions for fire/life safety and emergency response.

Provide support to HRW, fire/life safety and emergency response functional improvement activities (e.g. training, tools, work processes, auditing, metrics, internal programs and standards).

Provide program leadership and technical support to capital projects, existing and R&D operations, incident investigations and support related trade group and advocacy activities.

Note: This position will require a significant amount of travel (domestic and international), estimated to be about 40%.

This position may be located at either our Kenilworth, NJ or West Point, PA site.


Education Minimum Requirement:

Minimum of a B.S. degree in industrial safety, fire protection, loss prevention, chemical engineering or a related field is required

Required Experience and Skills:

Minimum of 10 years of professional work experience that includes at least 7 years of progressive EHS experience in pharmaceutical, biochemical, chemical, petrochemical or process related industry with direct responsibility for HRW, fire safety and emergency response program development and management.

Detailed working knowledge of safety compliance, high risk work programs, fire safety and industrial safety/loss prevention consensus standards.

Direct experience in managing high risk work programs, safety engineering, fire safety and emergency response programs at the site, regional or global level.

Experience in managing and leading technical project teams.

Proficiency in the use of all Microsoft based desktop software programs.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

Proven knowledge in development and management of High Risk Work Programs in a process-related industry.

Working knowledge of building/fire safety codes and standards (OSHA, ANSI, ISO, NFPA, IBC, UBC, UFC) and industry consensus standards (FM Global and XL Gaps Guidelines). Demonstrated ability to develop compliant and risk-based solutions for safety engineering, fire/life safety and emergency response needs and challenges.

Working knowledge of first responder, fire suppression, HAZMAT, technical rescue, emergency medical management and crisis management (ICS/NIMS) at the site, regional and national levels.

Experience in either municipal or industrial setting.

Proficiency in development of technical requirements, communications, and training programs for all programs noted above and for dissemination to a global organization at the senior and line management levels as well as operational level colleagues.

Secondary language skills.

Certification or registration as a Professional Engineer, Certified Safety Professional or Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

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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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Merck has a long and rich history of working to improve people's health and well-being. Through the years, our researchers have helped to find new ways to treat and prevent illness - from the discovery of vitamin B1, to the first measles vaccine, to cold remedies and antacids, to the first statins to treat high cholesterol. Our scientists also have helped develop many products to improve animal health, including vaccines and antibiotics. While we are proud of our past, we are enthusiastic about the future of this new company and we are excited to help create a healthier, brighter future for people around the world.

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