menu iconmenu
Engineering
engineering building icon

Career Story: Manufacturing Director, Merck

Donal Kelleher

Job title
Manufacturing Director
Company
Merck
Industry
Manufacturing
Experience
11 years
Education
  1. Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Processes, Cork Institute of Technology
Favourite subjects in school
Chemistry and Mathematics
The best thing about my job
The best thing about the manufacturing area is the pace!

A positive attitude with an ability to interact with people and solid technical capabilities are good qualities for this role.

I like the fact that everybody within the manufacturing area is very connected with the life saving medicines that we make.

My main tasks

The Sterile IPT (integrated process team) in Brinny is required to compliantly manufacture lyophilised and solution products in vials and cartridges. My current job is to lead this department.

What I like

The best thing about the manufacturing area is the pace!

There is never a dull moment, I also like the fact that everybody within the manufacturing area is very connected with the life-saving medicines that we make.

Challenges

The number of meetings! We have improved a lot over the last couple of years and we constantly challenge meeting durations and attendees – but it seems like a constant battle!

Work / life balance

I have a young family so leaving on-time and being home in the evening is important to me – my job allows this while also affording me the remote technologies to me able to connect at different times of the day.

Who influenced me

I have been very fortunate in my career to have been influenced by my direct leads – I have been able to have very good discussions about different opportunities and possibilities with all of my leads – your relationship with your boss is hugely important for advice on career direction.

Most useful aspects of my education

Chemistry and maths are important for chemical engineering.

Useful Work Experience

Any role within a manufacturing environment would be useful – at MSD Brinny we offer many different opportunities to students at different levels to experience working on a site like ours.