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Merck & Co. Inc.

Associate Director, Pharmaceutical Technical Operations





Wilson, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.

Job Description:

Responsible for providing technical support in determining best method for providing optimum performance in manning, equipment, systems, documentation, and asset utilization. This role is also responsible for process performance support and troubleshooting products manufactured/packaged at our Company Manufacturing Division (MD) at our Wilson location and working closely with other site and above- site groups for the introduction of new products, network transfers and processes.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide engineering support for the new and in-line pharmaceutical product to Manufacturing operation

  • Responsible for the scale-up and technology transfer of pilot processes to production scale for MD-Wilson, which includes support for equipment design, equipment qualification, process demonstration, and process validation

  • Provides technical assistance to packaging operations in the resolution of processing problems for in-line products

  • Provides written scientific justification for proposed changes by conducting literature search, designing and executing experiments, analytically reviewing current and past data, and demonstrating the impact of changes on product quality, production efficiency, or productivity

  • Provides technical assistance for quality and regulatory activities including site inspections, preparation of technical documents for NDA supplements, FDA observations, and environmental process issues

  • Ensure processing/packaging operations consistently meet all quality requirements, which requires a thorough knowledge of operations, critical quality attributes, the risks involved, and the in-process controls necessary to obtain reproducible results

  • Responsible for completing all packaging and engineering/process development activities with the highest regard for all company divisional policies and Wilson site procedure for safety, quality, and regulatory compliance

  • Review literature pertaining to pharmaceutical packaging and manufacturing in order to introduce new profitable/productivity ideas into the manufacturing operation

  • Provides technical support in critical quality standard specifications and methods for raw materials and intermediate and final products

  • Recruits, selects, and develop high caliber engineering and scientific personnel to meet our Company objectives, while adhering to all employment activity policy

  • Actively promotes the scientific and professional growth of PTO through mentorship, training, and specific project opportunities

Education Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or equivalent and a minimum ten years of experience in formulation development, pharmaceutical unit operations, or process design.....OR a Master's degree in engineering or equivalent and a minimum eight years of experience.....OR a Ph.D. and a minimum three years of experience.

Required Experience and Skills

  • Comprehensive background in pharmaceutical and packaging

  • Experience working in GMP environment

  • Prior experience in supervisory/management capacity

  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills

  • Effective analytical and decision-making ability

  • Effective written and verbal communication ability

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 …

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.

What we look for …

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.


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Requisition ID:R131910