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Palo Alto, California
United States
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EH&S Engineer/Specialist: Single site
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Experience level:
6-10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree
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Sr. Environmental, Health & Safety Specialist

 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.

Sr. Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) Specialist
Responsible for environmental, health, and safety (EHS) programs and compliance for the Palo Alto California site (approximately 200 employees conducting research activities, utilities/support and administrative activities). Manages EHS programs and influences site leadership to assure regulatory compliance, achieve continuous performance improvement, and integrate EHS performance objectives into standard work processes. Develops strategies to achieve these goals in alignment with site business goals and values.

  • Manage activities to ensure site-wide EHS compliance and drive personal ownership and accountability for all employees. Coach site leaders to be visible EHS advocates in perspective areas of responsibility. Ensure comprehensive change management of all EHS and Site initiatives to ensure ongoing compliance.
  • Implement Merck corporate EHS strategy at the site operations level: evaluate numerous competing initiatives, ensure robust process, systems, and resources are in place for all areas of accountability, complete internal audits and self assessments to monitor program effectiveness.
  • Complete all regulatory submissions, notifications, etc. required to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local EHS requirements.
  • Act as site Biosafety and Radiation Safety Officer.
  • Analyze and communicate (site and corporate levels) performance against expectations; provide feedback, establish and track required actions to improve. Lead development and ensure delivery of required EHS training programs.
  • Monitor and influence local regulatory climate, negotiate and advocate with EHS agencies and external stakeholders. Develop guidance to site operations on impact of new regulations and how to meet new requirements.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely complex technical and regulatory information to both senior level leaders and Scientists at the site.
  • Collaborates with EHS team at Merck South San Francisco location, developing standard EHS systems and processes for both locations. 

Exercise good judgment to discern critical issues and events for escalation to senior level management.

Education Minimum Requirement: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, concentration in Environmental or Safety related technical discipline preferred. 

Required Experience and Skills: 
  • 8 years or more of EHS experience.
  • Strong knowledge of California EHS regulations 
  • Demonstrated experience in the area of Biosafety and Radiation Safety.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully negotiate with regulatory agencies and senior leaders.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong leadership and change leadership skills.
  • Experience in a research and development environment with focus on Biologics desirable.
  • Interacting with senior leadership to set strategy and make decisions for the site.
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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