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Merck & Co. Inc.

Manufacturing Leadership Development Program



Full Time

On Site


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

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.

The Manufacturing Leadership Development Program (MLDP) is our flagship global manufacturing graduate program. Our simple objective is to identify, hire, and develop our future Manufacturing Leaders. If you have the profile of being our Company Manufacturing Leader, we are eager to engage with you, accelerate your development, and bring greater value to our patients worldwide.

Over the 3-year rotation program we would significantly invest in your development giving you exposure and experience across our business, preparing you for a role in leadership. You will receive coaching from senior leaders, exposure to real life manufacturing challenges and training from industry leading scientists and engineers. You will be contributing to significant projects and be making key decisions that directly impact how we make pharmaceuticals and deliver them to our patients globally.

The Manufacturing Leadership Development Program has two primary goals:

  • Provide candidates who have a Bachelor’s or Master's degree level in the required fields listed below with a broad perspective of the core manufacturing functions of our company’s pharmaceutical, biological, animal health and vaccine products.

  • Develop a bench of talent who can prepare for future leadership positions of increasing responsibility within the organization through focused rotational experiences within the key areas of our Manufacturing Division.

The program enables successful candidates to experience (3) rotations over a three-year period with each rotation lasting (1) year. Employees are assigned to rotations based on critical business needs and aligned to develop critical experiences. In addition to their assignments, employees receive mentoring from peers and senior leaders during their assignment. Rotation members should expect to work at different high impact sites during their tenure in the program and should have flexibility to move where assigned to meet business needs. It is expected that a candidate moves between sites during the program, as this allows the employee to gain the broadest perspective of the division and to maximize accelerated learning and exposure.

Within the rotation, some domestic and international business travel may be available or required. International rotation assignments are not guaranteed.

The program is designed to strengthen the candidates' skills in teamwork, collaboration, and leadership. The program also includes a formal learning curriculum, designed to enhance a wide variety of competencies including but not limited to:

  • Business outcomes across the end to end supply chain

  • Continuous improvement/Problem solving

  • Lean Manufacturing

  • Quality/Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)

  • Managing and Optimizing internal and external partnerships

  • Strategic Thinking

  • Financial Acumen

The successful candidate is:

  • Interested in participating in a broad range of work experiences across the manufacturing division.

  • Able to work independently, in teams, and lead teams.

  • Able to adapt to new roles, responsibilities, and situations.

  • Motivated to cultivate their leadership skills along with their technical, business and commercial skills by applying their knowledge within manufacturing.

  • Committed to both their own career development as well as bringing their best to our company.


Required Education, Experience and Skills:

  • BS or MS in one of the following:

  • Bio engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering

  • Biotechnology

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Industrial Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Supply Chain/Logistics

  • Biochemistry

  • Chemistry

  • Microbiology

  • Regulatory Sciences

  • Candidates must have graduated from a college by the program start date:

  • Candidates must be eligible to work in US without sponsorship

  • Candidates must be willing to be assigned to different roles and different sites over the first three years of employment.

  • Candidates must have ability to travel and willingness to be assigned to any company site in the US or other company sites including countries ex-US based on business needs.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate should have demonstrated leadership experience in field of study, extracurricular activity, previous internship or undergraduate research, military or prior work experience.

  • Candidates should have experience in manufacturing.

  • Candidate should possess superior communication and interpersonal skills, a team-player with the ability to work independently.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that is committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And we believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

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:R122907