Associate Director, Technical Operations Engineering

Job Description

If this position will be based in the US or Puerto Rico (not applicable to positions based outside of US or Puerto Rico): 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.

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.

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 passion 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 and will manage a sub-group of the Technical Operations team.

Additional Responsibilities
  • 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 challenges 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.

Education Requirement
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Science field such as chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, biological system engineering, mechanical engineering, or related life science or engineering discipline and 10 years of related experience.
  • OR, a Master of Science degree in Engineering or Science field such as chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, biological system engineering, mechanical engineering, or related life science or engineering discipline and 8 years of related experience.
  • OR, a PhD in Engineering or Science field such as chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, biological system engineering, mechanical engineering, or related life science or engineering discipline and 6 years of related experience.

Experience and Skills

  • Minimum ten years of relevant industrial experience, which includes any Pharmaceutical, Food, or Chemical manufacturing industry
  • Minimum two years people management and development
  • Sterile, aseptic, or microbiological experience in a pharmaceutical setting
  • Leading technical investigations
  • Principled and strong leadership skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strategic and effective verbal and written communication skills | Interpersonal and team skills; and collaborative skills
  • Consistent, strong personal character, ethics, and integrity
  • Demonstrated coaching and teaching ability
  • Motivational and strong ambition to succeed and to help others to do the same
  • Robust problem-solving skills with a direct approach to troubleshooting and investigation

  • Pharmaceutical or current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) environment
  • SAP, DeltaV, and PI ProcessBook
  • Change control systems | Troubleshooting technical issues
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

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 ...

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:R140367