Manager, Plant Protection and Emergency Services

Merck - Elkton, VA

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 Manager, Plant Protection and Emergency Services, will be responsible for providing guidance, oversight, and management of the Plant Protection Command Center, Emergency Response, and the General Emergency Mobilization System (GEMS) Plan for the Elkton, VA facility. He/she will work with cross-functional teams to effectively and safely operate and maintain the Plant Protection Command Center and its systems to support all entities at the Elkton site.

The Manager is responsible for ensuring site compliance with all security, emergency preparedness (GEMS) and response regulations, as well as ensuring compliance with fire and life safety codes. The position prepares and maintains site compliance with applicable regulations (NFPA, OSHA, EPA, DEP, DHS), permits and our Company standards and develops procedures and processes to ensure robust programs. The Manager is also responsible for overseeing the site GEMS Coordinator, Plant Fire Chief and Emergency Response team.

The essential functions include and, are not limited to, the following:

Provide direction and leadership for Plant Protection Command Center, Emergency Response, and Rescue.
Provide direction and leadership for the GEMS Program for the site, as well as linkage to the local Municipality and County.
Collaborate with Global Security and external partners to deliver and support all response (fire, security, emergency) needs for the site.
Ensure Global Engineering Solutions (GES) and Integrated Facility Management (IFM) Partners meet all contractual obligations, including all Service Level Agreements (SLA's), and Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) regarding Security and Emergency Response.
Prioritization of Plant Protection projects to align with high-level site strategic plans.
Collaborate with customers in Operations, Human Resources, Procurement, and global partner groups.
Develop internal best practices to benchmark externally to the standards for the industry.
Leverage relationships with key clients/customers/organizational leadership to ensure support of business needs and accomplishments of key objectives.
Ensure Emergency Response employees under Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA’s) are managed appropriately.
Maintain ongoing familiarity with existing regulations, keeping abreast of proposed and new regulations to affected management and operating personnel.
Management of Security and Emergency Response technicians composed of both Company and Contract specialists (setting objectives, employee development, daily/shift management, schedule, vacations) scheduled on different shifts.
Responsible for the organization and operation of a complete program for all phases of emergency response (GEMS) and security services for the site (documentation, training, equipment purchase and maintenance).
Management of the emergency response team with adequate support (EOC, fire, hazmat, rescue, medical) and organize training required by the program.
Ensure that all documentation is accurate and updated. - Manage company and site insurance audits and the relationship with the service provider.
Conduct incident investigations, completes required reports, permit applications, and maintains all records.
Works under limited supervision and independently.
Maintains training and skill level compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120, NFPA 472 and DOT 49 CFR 172.700 for Hazmat; OSHA29 CFR 1910.156, NFPA 1001, and 1002 for Firefighter; OSHA 29 CFR 1926.50 and NFPA 450 for medical responder, and certification in CPR, First Aid and AED through either American Heart or American Red Cross.

Education Minimum Requirement:
Bachelor’s Degree BA/BS/MS preferably in Science or Engineering (Chemical, Safety or Environmental Engineering) or Criminal Justice.

Required Experience and Skills:
Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a firefighter or law enforcement officer either in a municipal, industrial or military setting with loss prevention experience.
Strong knowledge in fire and life safety requirements and codes, security, insurance and emergency response.
Computer skills using MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.), and operation of other peripheral devices.
Strong written and verbal communications and people skills
Previous experience in a supervisory role demonstrating strong management skills
Ability to think both critically, as well as communicate effectively.
Technical problem-solving abilities.
Must demonstrate excellent collaboration skills and enthusiasm for customer service.
Business ownership and personal accountability.
Build teamwork and partnerships.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
Any of the following certifications: Firefighter I, Firefighter NPQ, Hazmat Technician, CPR / First Aid / AED, Confined Space Rescue, High Angle Rescue, Fire Instructor I, II or III, Certified Protection Officer (IFPO), Certified Protection Professional (ASIS), Certified Security Supervisor (IFPO), REID Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation and Homeland Security Specialist., NICET II, Hazmat Technician, National Incident Management System (NIMS) ICS 100, 200, 300, and 700.
Experience with external partner management and municipalities, i.e. State Police, Sheriff’s Department, County and Volunteer fire departments and emergency response teams.
Experience in dealing with local, state and federal agencies and management of professionals outside our Company.
Ability to handle and prioritize many simultaneous assignments.
Program management skills with an understanding of strategic vision and significant attention to detail.
Crisis Management experience.
Experience in working with applicable fire and life safety codes (i.e. NFPA) and regulations.
Knowledge of fire protection and sprinkler systems.

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 …

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.

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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