Sr. Safety Specialist, Contractor Management

Job Description

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a "Safety First, Quality Always" mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

The Contractor Management Safety Senior Specialist will report to the Contractor Management Safety guide and partner with the Operational Safety Team. This professional will work to provide extensive technical, contractor, and operational safety skill set to assist in creating a contractor management program which includes contractor qualification, selection and management and contractor liaison and contractor auditing assignments in assists of the Global Safety & Environment Standards for Contractor Management.

The Contractor Management Safety organization will be accountable for proactively enhancing the Site's contractor safety culture and audit preparedness through delivery of world class training and program integration and coaching with sitewide contractors in Capital Project Engineering, Facilities Engineering, Global Engineer Solutions, Laboratories and Maintenance to perform compliant work in the areas of construction, capital projects, maintenance and repair and utility and assists system operations, agency contractors and general service contractors. Ultimately, key performance indicators for this position will be realized by significant and sustained reduction in contractor related safety incidents, injuries, and safety related contractor audit findings. They will partner with operations to develop objectives to achieve these goals in alignment with site business goals and values.

Specific objectives will include:
  • Coach operations principals to enable them to successfully implement the safety and environmental program. Monitor compliance to EHS programs, track metrics and convey status.
  • Advise the organization of regulatory agency compliance changes and their impact to the EHS program and organization.
  • Develop productive working relationships with federal, state, and local authorities, technical and industrial groups and consultants to keep abreast of pending guidelines and interpretations of existing rules. Maintain liaison with outside organizations, peer companies and agencies as necessary to assure compliance and communication in the areas of emergency reply, mutual aid, regulatory bodies, professional societies, and industrial groups.
  • Prepare, coordinate and present environmental, safety and industrial hygiene, process safety, emergency actions and/or security training as needed.
  • Identify EHS program and training improvement opportunities. Develop enhanced EHS procedures, guidelines and training programs as needed.
  • Evaluate safety metrics and review incidents weekly and monthly to identify incident trends. Convey trends to management.
  • Develop, execute, and oversee an effective audit strategy to ensure regulatory and corporate EHS program compliance.
  • Oversees department-specific IT systems related to EHS, providing project management to third party vendors when necessary.

Required Education, Skills, & Proficiencies:
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher with a concentration in Safety, Environmental, Science, Engineering, or related technical discipline.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional work in Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), project management, engineering discipline including a minimum of three (3) year of Operational Safety in a contractor management environment.
  • High Risk Work Permitting and Regulations (Ex: Electrical, Hot Work, Confined Space, Elevated Work, Lock Out Tag Out, Line Breaking, Crane Operations, and Hazardous Energy Control)
  • Construction Site Safety and Inspections
  • Workflow and Project Management
  • Proactive Risk Management and Reduction
  • Process Safety Management and Operational Safety & Health Regulatory Compliance
  • Contractor management
  • Managing and developing talent.
  • Assessing and managing to DEP, EPA, and OSHA regulations.
  • Demonstrate strong project management techniques.
  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated problem solving ability.
  • Developing and managing EHS program, training, and systems.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including comfort interfacing with site management.
  • Ability to develop and implement department goals and strategies.
  • High level of skills to work effectively with others.

Preferred Skills:
  • Operational excellence in Contractor Management programs
  • Development of Adult Learning training in the area of Contractor Management
  • Implementing lean standards and process improvement in an operational environment.
  • Certified Safety Professional

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that's committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

    Who we are ...

    We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

    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.

    Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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    Requisition ID:R117926