Automation Engineer, Process Development

Job Description

Our Engineers assist 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.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

At our Company's manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have a Manufacturing Automation Engineer position available. This position provides support for the control system software and hardware for the Process Development area with future opportunities to assist the various manufacturing areas at the site. This role typically involves managing current systems, upgrades to current systems, trouble shooting, process change, as well as general system administration (user access, incident management, etc.). This role is particularly exciting because of challenging project work in the area. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team assisting the operations of pharmaceutical product manufacturing facilities.

  • Automation support for various manufacturing systems such as Programmable Logic Controllers, Distributed Control Systems and Original Equipment Manufacturer platforms
  • Technical aid for the assigned area and system(s) and overseeing project execution to ensure a compliant and reliable solution
  • Develop Understanding of manufacturing principles/ processes and ability to translate manufacturing requirements into Automation/digital solution
  • Work closely with various site and global teams in order to ensure control systems are designed, implemented and maintained in a manner to ensure requirements are met
  • Trouble-shooting challenging equipment and automation issues to maintain the automation systems following current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Providing automation assistance on various shifts and remote off-hour coverage for trouble calls | Communicates daily with operation, technical, and quality representatives within area of responsibility through the tier process
  • Develops solutions for automation problems | Oversees investigations of automation anomalies to prevent recurrence
  • Develops understanding of project work for automation systems being installed and qualified in the project phase
  • Periodically reviews automation documents, performs preventive maintenance, and revises or develops automation Standard Operating Procedures
  • Maintains all system life cycle documentation
  • Acts as contributing member of the Automation Department, attending compliance and team meetings, working with collogues to provide assistance as needed and sharing ideas and solutions

Required Education, Experience, & Skills:
  • Bachelor or Master degree in one of the following disciplines: Computer Systems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or Information technology
  • Minimum two (2) years working in a production regulated industry
  • Processing and assisting automation systems in cGMP environment as a technical operations or automation engineer
  • Troubleshooting of process and automation issues
  • Working knowledge of System Development Life Cycle Methodology as applicable within a Pharmaceutical manufacturing environment
  • PI, TrackWise, and MIDAS
  • Familiar with providing technical/automation assistance for manufacturing processes

  • OSI-PI, Infobatch, SQL, Emerson DeltaV, and Allen Bradley PLC.
  • Batch Processing and S88 standard
  • Knowledge of GAMP standard
  • Technical writing (quality notifications, validation protocols, qualification documents and test plans)

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that's devoted 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 ...

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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Requisition ID:R122171