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Company Name:
Approximate Salary:
Kenilworth, New Jersey
United States
Job Categories:
EH&S Corporate Director/Manager
Environmental Corporate Director/Manager
Industry Segments:
Environmental Services, Manufacturing - Miscellaneous, Pharmaceuticals
Experience level:
16+ years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
Reference Number:

Executive Director, Safety & Environmental

Job Description

 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.

Accountable for all environmental, health, and safety (EHS) program execution and compliance for manufacturing at MMD Animal Health Small Molecule (Pharm) Sites. Leads all site EHS leaders and influences site, region and global business partners to drive prioritization of regulatory compliance, continuous performance improvement, and integration of EHS performance objectives into standard work processes.
Models strong compliance mind set, draws on direct manufacturing pharmaceutical experience and develops strategies to achieve these goals in alignment with company business goals and values. Self-motivated, reliable, and persistent; is energized and motivated by identifying and developing talent. Must be collaborative and enthusiastic with a focus on the global team’s engagement and success.

Primary Activities:
  • Demonstrate accountability and responsibility for Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability (EHS&S) performance and compliance through active participation and support of Merck's EHS&S Program. Assure compliance objectives and team goals are achieved per requirements/schedule.
  • Provide expert advice and technical guidance for EHS&S programs and projects. Serve as key person responsible for implementing and maintaining the effectiveness of the EHS management system.
  • Identify and develop talent at all levels of the organization. 
  • Interface with Corporate, Division, plant and external community organizations/agencies regarding EHS&S issues and strategy. Serve as single EHS&S point of contact for AH Pharm Operations in MMD.
  • Demonstrate robust portfolio and project management, assure adherence to financial budget targets and rapid disciplined decision making.
  • Drive continuous improvement, innovation, and sustainable results across EHS&S projects/programs, EHS assessments and resulting action plans; and complete identified actions in accordance with identified target dates. 
  • Review and/or approve regulatory permits, inspection outcomes and audit report findings to assure appropriate submission, impact, and/or action. Develops/oversees solutions and reports status readily to executive management.
  • Anticipate, recognize and respond to changing internal and external trends, market conditions, regulatory legislation, etc., evaluate and integrate the information to define potential effect on the company/network. Develop solutions that are progressive, innovative, compliant and scalable.
  • Facilitate leadership team cohesion, assures rapid communication and best practice sharing with peers/management. Prospectively functions as a conduit of information between the operating facilities and EHS&S management at Site, Division and Corporate levels. Owns decisions and is accountable for outcomes.


Education Minimum Requirement: 
  • Required:  Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Engineering or related science.  
  • Preferred:  Certifications such as CIH, CSP, PE, CQA or lean sigma. 
  • Preferred:  Advanced degree candidates e.g. MBA, MS, PhD.


  • Vision and sound judgment with a willingness to influence and offer new ideas; ability to develop strategy and execute tactically.
  • Excellent coaching & development experience, development of people, and succession planning. Builds and cultivates strong collaborative relationships with stakeholders.
  • Ability to distill complex issues and concepts into frameable and relevant communications or escalations.
  • Robust skills interpreting and applying regulatory frameworks and keeping abreast of the changing regulatory landscape.
  • Strong leadership, change execution, and financial management skills including budget forecasting and accuracy.
  • Ability to simultaneously balance and adjust to multiple changing priorities and make decisions with speed and accuracy. 
  • Agile and self-directed; intellectually curious. Thrives in fast paced environment.
  • Robust interpersonal, written/verbal communication and collaboration skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate with regulatory agencies and senior operations leaders. Understands the importance of providing context and connections for peers and clients.
  • Prior leader of dispersed or large teams; experience managing in a matrix.
  • Openly shares own ideas and feedback openly without prompting. 
  • Declarative and provides strong sponsorship of own, line, or executive management decisions.
  • Must have direct experience in leading multiple geographically dispersed sites, matrixed functions or operations within the pharmaceutical, chemical or other like industry. 
  • Clear and recognizable understanding of the processes, equipment and methods associated with manufacturing.
  • Vision and sound judgment at the global and local levels. Must be willing to tackle tough issues with tact and diplomacy in a timely fashion.
  • Proven experience leading a site program such as Manufacturing, Research, Tech Ops function, Quality or EHS Plant Leadership in pharmaceutical or chemical industry.
  • Robust skills interpreting and applying regulatory frameworks such OSHA, OHSAS 18000, EPA, ISO, NFPA, GMP.
  • Strong leadership, talent management, change execution, and financial management skills. Readily and actively contributes to the success of the global team.
  • Ability to simultaneously balance and adjust to multiple changing priorities and make decisions with speed, discipline, and accuracy. 
  • Robust interpersonal, written, and verbal communication; visible proclivity for collaboration and driving improved outcomes.
  • Excellent coaching & development experience, proven people-development capabilities and building strong collaborative relationships with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate with regulatory agencies and senior operations leaders; escalates issues rapidly to point of resolution.
  • Experience managing in a matrix and a global team; accountable for success of corporate and team goals.
  • Attracting, developing, and retaining talent; builds strong, informed, engaged and unified teams.
  • Must be computer savvy with emphasis on MS Office, including advanced Excel and database skills. Must be willing to learn new applications including Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Enablon, Spotfire, Tableau etc. as directed.
  • Travel = 35%


  • Experience leading global, matrixed teams. 
  • Project planning and execution across a diverse portfolio. 
  • Thoughtful and forward thinking, willing to experiment and pivot.


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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