New Zealand Manufacturing Industries are Recruiting Immigrants – Visa Sponsorships Available [2024]

MSD is Recruiting

New Zealand has had a long history of immigration from Britain, with the migrant inflow being especially important in the second half of the 19th century. War and economic depression disrupted immigration at various times in the first half of the 20th century, but there was another surge of British immigration to New Zealand in the decades after the Second World War.

New Zealand was first inhabited by the people of Ngāpuhi (tribe of the Far North), the first explorer to reach New Zealand was the intrepid ancestor, Kupe. Using the stars and ocean currents as his navigational guides, he ventured across the Pacific on his waka hourua (voyaging canoe) from his ancestral Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. 

The first European to sight New Zealand was Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. He was on an expedition to discover a great Southern continent ‘Great South Land’ that was believed to be rich in minerals. In 1642, while searching for this continent, Tasman sighted a ‘large high-lying land’ off the West Coast of the South Island.

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 Who we are: 

 We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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.

Job Description

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 we have a deep sense of responsibility toward our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet. We offer one of our industry’s most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species.


 The primary responsibility of the BAU Production Manager is to lead the antigen manufacturing team in meeting planned production output while ensuring the best overall cost, safety, and regulatory compliance for the Animal Health New Zealand business.

What will you do:

  • Day to day management of the areas within the Media, Seeding, Fermentation, Processing, and Blending areas. 
  • Leading and developing, along with Supervisors, a multi-skilled team who move to the area of greatest need.
  • Being innovative by introducing process improvements that optimise yields, reduce production costs, and stabilise processes.
  • Ensuring Manufacturing is carried out in accordance with all regulatory standards and corporate policies.
  • The BAU Production Manager sits within the Global Animal Health Manufacturing organization and reports to the Manufacturing Manager

Primary Activities – Delivery of production schedules 

  • Work with the planning department to set the production schedule.
  • Plan and coordinate the resources required to ensure the production plan is achieved.
  • Work with the Engineering department to ensure maintenance schedules are met so that equipment is maintained and available.
  • Determine solutions/options to resolve issues and put preventative actions in place.
  • Ensure documentation within the department is completed, reviewed, and approved in compliance with GDP to allow the release of products.
  • Stand in as Manufacturing Manager when the Manager is absent

 Ensure the product is manufactured in compliance with cGMP guidelines:

  • Manage documentation in the Antigen department to ensure it is accurate and within expiry.
  • Ensure all corrective actions are completed within agreed timeframes.
  • Actively manage production operations to ensure minimisation of deviations/NOEs.
  • Ensure equipment / processes are validated/calibrated.
  • Ensure high GMP standards are followed.
  • Ensure an audit-ready approach.
  • Take the Manufacturing support role during external/corporate audits.

 Manage financial resources

  • Set, review, and adhere to cost center budgets.
  • Approve expenditure within GoA for the role.
  • Minimise discard and obsolescence (solutions, antigens)
  • Oversee inventory record accuracy (cycle counting) and BOM accuracy to meet the agreed standard.
  • Propose capital expenditure within the area of responsibility

 Manage and develop staff:

  • Lead and develop a multi-skilled team. Develop Supervisors and identify successors.
  • Maintain teams focus & discipline standards.

 Contribute to site management:

  • Take an active role in site management meetings.
  • Work in a cross-functional manner with other department managers
  • Actively demonstrate the organisation’s Vision, Mission, and Values.

 Identify and manage the implementation of process improvement projects by: 

  • Review process trends and identify potential improvements.
  • Act on process trends / production issues
  • Perform problem-solving analysis to determine the root cause of failures.
  • Ensure smooth introduction of new products / processes.

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