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Merck Associate Director, Safety & Environment in Boston, Massachusetts

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Position Description:

Associate Director, Safety & Environment

An exciting opportunity is available for a talented Biosafety professional to join the Global Biosafety Center of Excellence (CoE) team as an Associate Director, Biosafety CoE . This individual will be responsible for the management of corporate Biosafety. They will provide technical biosafety expertise to global manufacturing sites, research laboratories and project teams.

Specific objectives include:

  • Provide technical guidance and advise on biosafety regulations to support a compliant workplace.

  • Develop and manage company’s biosafety standards and technical guidelines to ensure compliance and reduction in workplace biosafety risks.

  • Lead global continuous improvement initiatives to improve global biosafety programs.

  • Build biosafety capabilities by simplifying existing and creating new systems and tools that enables our customers to adapt biosafety requirements into daily operations.

  • Act as a change agent to ensure changes to standards, guidelines, systems and tools achieve the desired outcome.

  • Partner with regional and site EHS personnel to implement effective biosafety programs through communication tools, training, and project plans.

  • Evaluate, monitor and communicate the effectiveness of biosafety programs and provide solutions to address gaps.

  • Promote industry practices that can improve biosafety performance, strengthen compliance and further minimize Biosafety risks.

  • Provide support and expert advice to divisions and sites to control biosafety hazards for manufacturing, research and support personnel.

  • Provide support and expert advice to other organizations whose functions rely on biosafety regulations, guidelines and consensus standards, such as Employee Health and Global Trade Compliance.

  • Conduct biosafety program reviews at company facilities across the globe.

  • Identify, interpret and perform impact analysis on emerging global biosafety regulations, guidelines and consensus standards.

  • Audit biosafety programs and prepare clear, concise documentation of findings.

  • Supporting providing information for required government, industry and management reports required.

  • Evaluate Biosafety trends and communicate biosafety related incidents across company divisions.

  • Support biological facility decommissioning activities as required.


Position may sit at any Company site.

Position Qualifications :

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of ten (10) years of experience implementing and sustaining Biosafety programs.

  • Master’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in implementing and sustaining Biosafety programs

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Subject matter expertise in:

  • Biosafety concepts, practices, principles (biological risk assessment) and handling techniques and instrumentation.

  • Control and containment measures and methods to control and reduce biosafety risk (biological risk assessment).

  • Biosafety regulatory requirements, industry consensus standards, and recognized best practices.

  • 7+ years of progressive leadership experience.

  • Team player capable of working collaboratively within a global, multi-functional team environment within and outside of the EHS organization.

  • Ability to influence both horizontally and vertically within an organization.

  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated problem solving ability.

  • Experience working with and implementing innovative solutions.

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skills as well as interpersonal skills.

  • Experience in both strategy development and tactical execution.

  • Experience in organizational change management (transformation) and continuous improvement.

  • Highly independent and able to foresee issues and needs of the organization.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Strong familiarity with EU regulatory requirements, industry consensus standards, and recognized best practices.

  • Prior biotechnology and/or pharmaceutical industry experience

  • Relevant biosafety certification (e.g., RBP, CSBP, IFBA)


In accordance with Managers' Policy - 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.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Expected salary range:

$122,800.00 - $193,300.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, long term incentive if applicable, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. A summary of benefits is listed here ( .

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Employee Status:



No relocation

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Job Posting End Date: 07/24/2024

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Requisition ID: R303861