Specialist, Engineering - Facilities Tech Ops

Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity with a rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturer? If so, this is the opportunity for you!

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.

Specialist, Engineering - Facilities Technical Operations

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people 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 campus in Elkton, Virginia, we are seeking candidates for a Specialist, Engineering position in our Technical Operations Team to support Facilities operations. 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. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team supporting the operation of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, vaccine product manufacturing facilities.

If you are the kind of individual who thrives on challenge and possess the technical, leadership and business, 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 Responsibilities:
  • Gaining and maintaining subject matter expertise on requirements and implementation of environmental compliance regulations and our Company standards for air, water, and waste in Facilities operations.
  • Understanding site environmental compliance permit requirements.
  • Maintaining subject matter expertise in required laboratory analyses, lab accreditation requirements, and additional testing associated with site environmental compliance.
  • Laboratory and field support for project initiatives and operation of the industrial wastewater treatment.
  • Developing and optimizing process control monitoring, tools, and data interpretation for biological wastewater processes and environmental compliance.
  • Reviewing and performing environmental compliance reporting submittals and understanding implications to site environmental permits.
  • Leading and conducting technical investigations, identifying root cause, conducting investigational test protocols, implementing corrective actions, and developing investigation report, both laboratory and operationally related.
  • Functioning as main deviation management author and investigator for Facilities team.
  • Performing waste characterization, model predictions, and identifying waste stream management options.
  • Revise standard operating procedures and controlled job aides, as needed.
  • Developing and conduct training for operations personnel and operations compliance specialist, as needed in regard to environmental compliance sampling, testing, and documentation requirements.
  • Participating and/or owning site environmental standard program evaluations, gap assessments, and action plans.
  • Performing shift work as needed

Education Minimum Requirements:
  • B.S. or M.S. degree in environmental, civil, mechanical, biological, or chemical engineering or related science

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Minimum 18 months of relevant industrial experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year of deviation management experience.
  • Minimum of 1 year of environmental compliance experience.
  • Effective problem-solving skills and a hands-on approach to problem solving, with a bias towards going to see problems for oneself in the field
  • Strategic technical, organizational, interpersonal, collaborative, and verbal/written communication skills
  • Ability to examine an issue from diverse perspectives (safety, compliance, maintenance, automation, equipment, process, and people) in order to best understand and resolve it
  • Enthusiasm, confidence, and initiative-taking ability needed for continuous learning and its applications
  • Motivation and drive for substantial success and to help others to do the same

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • 2+ years of environmental compliance, laboratory, and wastewater experience
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical or cGMP environment
  • Participation in regulatory agency inspections

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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No relocation

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Requisition ID:R131937