Associate Director Technical Operations Engineering

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.

Position Description:

At our Company's Elkton facility in Elkton, Virginia, the Antibiotic and Sterile Technical Operations team is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide technical and engineering support to the process and projects in the area as an Associate Director of Engineering in the Antibiotic and Sterile Technical Operations organization. The manufacturing facility is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains, a short distance from the University of Virginia and James Madison University.

In this role you will have the opportunity to apply your enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team supporting the operation and improvement of a manufacturing facility. This role requires the ability to manage multiple complex projects, activities, and/or investigations. The role also requires management of other engineers and technical professionals; demonstrated leadership skills are desired. Strong communication, collaboration, and organizational skills are essential.

The successful candidate will also have robust problem-solving skills, value a hands-on approach to troubleshooting and investigation, and an ability to teach others how to develop those skills.

The successful candidate will work with the Director of Antibiotic and Sterile Technical Operations to provide support and direction to the area. She or he will manage a sub-group of the Technical Operations team.

Responsibilities include:
  • Coaching and teaching others
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams across levels, including leading teams or groups
  • Reviewing technical investigations and analyses for thoroughness and accuracy
  • Leading and writing complex investigations and analyses to determine the root cause and impact
  • Reviewing or authoring protocols, technical documents, regulatory agency correspondence or filings, and other Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) documentation
  • Providing technical leadership and support for a sterile manufacturing facility, including data analysis, troubleshooting, problem solving, coaching/teaching, and report writing
  • Provide support and leadership during inspections
  • Executing projects and changes with varying levels of complexity
  • Supporting new process qualification and integration
  • Achieving safety, quality, and environmental compliance excellence in all assignments
  • Producing high quality work against firm deadlines

If you are the kind of individual who thrives on challenge and possesses the technical, leadership, and communication skills that are of value to our business, we invite you to apply. Consistently cited as a great place to work, we discover, develop, manufacture, and market a wide range of vaccines and medicines to address unmet medical needs. Each of our employees is joined by an extraordinary sense of purpose - bringing our Company's finest achievements to people around the world.

Position Description:

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • B.S. degree in Engineering or Science field such as chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, biological system engineering, mechanical engineering, or related life science or engineering discipline.

Required Experience:
  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant industrial experience, which includes experience in any Pharmaceutical, Food, or Chemical manufacturing industry.
  • Minimum of 2 years people management and development experience
  • Sterile, aseptic, or microbiological experience in a pharmaceutical setting

Required Skills:
  • Experience leading technical investigations
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal and team skills; and collaborative skills
  • Consistent, strong personal character, ethics, and integrity
  • Demonstrated coaching and teaching ability
  • Strong desire to succeed and to help others to do the same.
  • Robust problem-solving skills and a hands-on approach to troubleshooting and investigation

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical or current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) environment
  • Experience with SAP, DeltaV, and PI ProcessBook
  • Experience with change control systems
  • Experience troubleshooting technical issues
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

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 ...

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as "Merck" in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as "MSD" in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world's biggest investors in Research & Development.

What we look for ...

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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Requisition ID:R60261