Operations Manager

Job Description

Subject to applicable law, all prospective hires will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or intend to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement. Hired candidates who are not vaccinated by November 1, 2021, and who have not been approved for a legally-required medical or religious accommodation will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, subject to applicable law.

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

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a "Safety First, Quality Always" mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

Position Description:

A part of our Company's Manufacturing Division, Elkton's Operations team is seeking a highly motivated individuals at a Manager level to provide tactical and strategic management of Operations at the site. The successful candidate will support Operations in either Vaccine or Antibiotic production.

This is an excellent opportunity if you are looking to build or expand your career in Manufacturing. As a Manager you will be given the opportunity to challenge and grow your talents through progressive on the job training and development of interpersonal and leadership skills to overcome difficult situations and solve technical problems.

Our Manager positions support various manufacturing operations such as sterile pharmaceutical bulk, sterile filling, vaccines, biologics and organic synthesis. Responsibilities include overall production execution, management of unionized hourly workforce, and identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives.

Shifts include working Day, Night, Weekends and Rotating shifts.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Manage unionized employee performance along with tactical operator/maintenance work for the day to ensure completion of work assignments. Facilitate start up meetings
  • Ensure safety on shop floor (interface with Enablon) - including crisis management.
    Assist Maintenance in restoring systems to Operations
  • Initiate Enablon's, ensure Enablon's are closed on time and complete CAPAs on time
  • Compliance management (documentation/housekeeping): Driving improvements to documentation and housekeeping systems as the "champion"
  • Review shop floor documentation during shift review (batch sheets, forms and logbooks)
  • Lead housekeeping audits with cross functional teams including operators
  • Union Relations - identify staffing needs based on call-out and manage first step grievances
  • Review and approve SOPs, forms and batch sheets to ensure accuracy from an operability perspective
  • People development - ensure compliance with training standards and adherence to training plan. Attend Union Training Meetings.
  • People management - complete time/attendance approval and ensure payroll accuracy
  • Respond to Powerhouse calls and manage critical BAS alarms

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher; ideally in a related Science, Engineering or other Technical discipline and a minimum of four (4) years' experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments

  • High School Diploma/GED with six (6) years of relevant experience in Manufacturing or Military service

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Record of safely and effectively leading teams in the manufacture of high-quality product
  • Consistent demonstration of strong leadership, communication, interpersonal, teamwork, technical, and problem-solving skills
  • Self-starter desire to excel personally and ability to motivate direct reports and peers to excel

Preferred Experience and Skills
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills to motivate direct reports and peers to excel and "own" the process
  • Flexibility to perform various tasks to support the business.
  • Lean, Six Sigma problem solving skills coupled with a continuous improvement mindset
  • Ability to prioritize, focus on and obtain business results
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Technical writing experience related to procedures and investigations
  • Delta V and SAP experience

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to be 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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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Requisition ID:R120576