Associate Director, Environment Health and Safety


Upper Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand

Full time

Reception/ Support Staff / Other

Apr 13

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Job Description

  • Exciting opportunity with an innovative, global, and multiple award-winning Animal Health Organization.
  • Bring your entrepreneurial curiosity and learning spirit into a career of purposepersonal growth, and leadership
  • Be part of the Global EHS organization and work in close collaboration with the site leadership team.

Our Animal Health division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to animals' health and well-being. We are an international team of professionals working together to make a positive difference in animal care and the world’s food supply and have a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet. We offer one of our industry’s most innovative portfolio of products, services and technologies that prevents, treats, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species

We aim to create workplace experiences that enable our people to be inspired to invent. Inside our organization, we provide workplace solutions that will allow our people to do their very best work in safety. Outside our organization, we ensure we protect the surrounding people, communities, and the environment.

Position Overview 

As the Associate Director EHS, you will lead a team to manage efficient and effective health, safety, and environmental management systems in the company’s facility. You will direct EHS programs and influence site leadership to assure regulatory compliance, achieve a continuous performance improvement, and integrate EHS performance objectives into standard work processes. You will develop and drive the safety culture programs and strategies to achieve these goals in alignment with site business goals and values. The Associate Director- EHS sits within the Global Safety & Environment organization and reports to the Director of Safety & Environment for the APAC Region.

  • Implement company’s corporate EHS strategy at the site operations level: evaluate many competing initiatives, ensure robust process, systems, and resources are in place for all areas of accountability. You will complete internal audits and self-assessments to monitor program effectiveness.
  • You will complete all regulatory submissions, notifications, inspections, etc., required to maintain compliance with government and local EHS requirements.
  • Associate Director for EHS will analyze and communicate (site, regional, and corporate levels) performance against expectations; provide feedback, establish and track required actions to improve. Lead the development and ensure delivery of required EHS training programs, coach leaders to be EHS advocates in respective areas of responsibility. Lead comprehensive change management of all EHS activities and initiatives.
  • You will monitor and influence local regulatory climate, negotiate and advocate with EHS agencies and external stakeholders. 
  • Recruit, lead and develop staff to achieve outcomes and metrics. Interact frequently with shop floor employees, legal, site senior leadership, and other senior-level executives to communicate technical and regulatory information.

Education, Skill & Experience:

  • Degree or diploma in EHS or related discipline with a minimum of 10 years of professional work experience in manufacturing or a related field and 7 years applied professional EHS work experience.
  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in managing direct reports, attracting talent & building a strong team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with experience in GMP, GLP, or ISO 9000 in a Production environment.

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.




We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully 

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

Employee Status:

Regular Relocation:

International VISA Sponsorship:

Yes Travel Requirements:

Flexible Work Arrangements:


Valid Driving License:

Yes Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings: 1

Requisition ID:R86906

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