Production Supervisor
Upper Hutt, Wellington, NZ
4d ago
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Great opportunity to join a global Animal Health organisation

Permanent Full-Time role at an Upper Hutt, New Zealand manufacturing site

Join an engaged & cohesive Production team

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.

As a Production Supervisor, you will work with the Production Manager to supervise and develop a team of up to 10 direct reports and have responsibility for assigned areas of the manufacturing operation to ensure antigen and / or vaccine is produced to required standards to meet customer demand in global markets.

You will also be involved in day-to-day operations in multiple areas within the manufacturing department, implementing process improvements, performing deviation investigations and supporting the introduction of new products, processes and equipment.


Communicate clearly with other members of the Manufacturing Team and other departments to ensure the smooth flow of product, samples and documentation.

Work with the Production Manager to provide coaching, mentoring and conduct performance reviews, implement development plans and manage disciplinary actions for direct reports.

Carry out Production Manager responsibilities when Production Manager is absent.

Perform Supervisor review of SOPs, batch records and other documentation ensuring current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) standards are maintained, as well as author or review assigned SOPs and documentation in required timeframes.

Schedule and co-ordinate weekly and daily activities and resources to ensure production targets are achieved.

Become a certified Trainer and perform on-the-job training for technicians and new hires in processes, systems, troubleshooting techniques.

Minimise deviations in the manufacture of product by using knowledge of processes and problem-solving techniques to thoroughly investigate deviations & perform root cause analysis to determine cause of deviations.

Identify and implement Corrective and Preventative Actions (CAPA) to eliminate further deviations occurring.

Ensure the highest possible safety standards are met by taking responsibility for own and others safety

Perform tasks and processes in production in accordance with SOPs

Document all tasks in batch records and worksheets in accordance with Good Documentation Practice (GDP)


To be successful in this role, you will have :

Tertiary degree in Science or equivalent (with microbiological or biotechnological component)

Solid (5+) years’ experience in a manufacturing environment within vaccine / biological / Pharmaceutical production, where you have gained working knowledge of aseptic technique is preferred, though open to other industries (eg. Dairy, food etc)

GMP, GDP, Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) or ISO 9000 knowledge and experience in a production environment would be advantageous.

Demonstrated hands on’ machine operation experience

Experience with identifying and implementing process improvement

Proven supervisory, team building & / or people management experience

Ability to follow processes and SOPs

Good Computer skills (MS Excel, MS Word and SAP)

A keen eye for detail with good data analysis skills

Ability to work collaboratively and engage with the team and other teams onsite


Join a global organisation that prides itself on high integrity, ethics and quality

Work along with a passionate and collaborative team

Opportunity to grow and broaden your production experience in a supervisory role within a truly innovative organization where you can collaborate cross functionally with colleagues with a diverse range of skills and experience

Our Animal Health division is a trusted global leader in veterinary medicine, dedicated to the health and well-being of animals.

We are a global 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 serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species.


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.


Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity.

You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time.

Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us and start making your impact today.

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.

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