Associate Director - Pharmaceutical Operations Oss
Molenstraat, Oss, Netherlands
3 dagen geleden

Job Description

Do you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a technical area, business administration or supply chain management and at least 10 years of operations experience in the pharmaceutical and / or medical device industry including significant leadership roles?

Do you also have proven change management capabilities and excellent project management skills?

For our Pharmaceutical Operations organization in Oss (The Netherlands) we are currently recruiting an :

Associate Director - Pharmaceutical Operations Oss

Welcome to our team

Pharmaceutical Operations (Pharm Ops) is located in Oss, Netherlands. Pharm Ops is responsible for the manufacturing, packaging and distribution of pharmaceutical end products to over more than 100 countries.

Core business is to ensure medicines are delivered in a safe, reliable and cost-effective way.

Within Pharm Ops the Integrated Process Team (IPT) Solids Packaging is responsible for packaging of the wide range of Solids products.

IPT Solids Packaging is a self-reliant business unit that includes approximately 170 team members, containing packaging operations, maintenance & reliability, process automation, planning & scheduling, quality and EHS compliance, technical support for the shop-floor and key strategic investment projects.

Primary responsibilities

Reporting into the Director Operations (IPT Lead) we are looking for a senior leader, who will have the ambition and potential to grow to an IPT Lead role within a time frame of 2-3 years.

This should be accomplished by driving change and working for different organizational entities within Pharm Ops.

In this role you will be responsible for :

  • Leading complex improvement projects;
  • Leading the implementation of industrial transfers to facilitate our company’s global industrial footprint strategy;
  • Realizing productivity targets and management of the productivity funnel;
  • Developing project management capabilities in Pharm Ops;
  • Program Management in line with the Pharm Ops strategy;
  • Other responsibilities :


  • Supporting the IPT Lead in translating strategic goals into operational targets.
  • Operational Excellence

  • Responsible for driving operational excellence across multiple factories in Pharm Ops.
  • Project / Program Management

  • Responsible for the initiation, prioritization and execution of productivity improvements and projects;
  • Leading complex improvement projects and developing project management (and other) capabilities in Pharm Ops;
  • Representing the IPT Lead in steering committees of multiple complex (transfer) projects.
  • Build Talent

  • Developing LEAN leadership capabilities, program and project management capabilities in Pharm Ops;
  • Close collaboration with site leadership team members.
  • Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a technical area, business administration or supply chain management;
  • At least 10 years of operations experience in the pharmaceutical and / or medical device industry including significant leadership roles;
  • Proven change management capabilities;
  • Excellent project management skills;
  • Track record in successful LEAN implementation;
  • Structured and strategic thinker;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and strong personality;
  • Excellent social and communication skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Dutch.
  • We offer

    We welcome you to a truly global, dynamic and challenging environment with great opportunities for personal development.

    Our benefits are very competitive and the summary below will give you an idea of what you can expect.

  • Competitive salary and a 3% year-end bonus;
  • 35,5 days of leave;
  • Attractive collective health care insurance package with considerable reduction rates;
  • Solid Pension Plan;
  • Incentive Plan;
  • Travel allowance for commuting;
  • Numerous training, coaching and e-learning modules for long term job opportunities and development.
  • Who we are

    Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as Merck in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as MSD in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific.

    We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

    We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers.

    We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

    In The Netherlands we have 6.000 colleagues on 4 different locations, i.e. Haarlem, De Bilt, Oss and Boxmeer.

    What we look for

    In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come.

    We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.

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