Sr. Specialist, Maintenance & Lab Operations

Requisition ID: CHE006346

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its¬ legacy for over a century. Merck's success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that's committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.¬ 

The Vaccine Process Development and Commercialization (VPDC) group within the Manufacturing Division focuses on late stage process development, technology transfer, and in-line support of vaccine products. We seek an energetic, people-oriented leader with strong laboratory management skills to take a leadership role in the development and commercialization laboratory management activities supporting multiple vaccine programs. In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Leading development and execution of plans for laboratory start up, including equipment ordering, planning for testing and qualification.¬ ¬ 

  • Supporting capital project execution teams for lab renovation projects to ensure project scope alignment with intended lab operational philosophy and lab scale platform needs.

  • Develop tools and schedules to aid process teams in the efficient utilization of lab space.¬ ¬ 

  • Provide guidance on GMP requirements and departmental systems (training and documentation) and identify and implement initiatives to strengthen the VPDC GMP Compliance position.

  • Provide mentorship and technical direction to other members of the team which may include dotted-line reporting relationships.


Education Minimum Requirement:¬ 

  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering Bioengineering, Pharmaceuticals, Biochemistry, Microbiology, or related field with 6 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree with 4 years of relevant experience

Required Experience and Skills:¬ 

  • Experience with laboratory start-up, operations or management

  • Large Molecule manufacturing or laboratory experience

  • Outstanding communication and people skills.

  • Ability to foster a collaborative work environment focused on mentorship, coaching.

  • Experience with project strategic planning and execution.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Large molecule process development, or relevant, experience including scaling (up and down) and laboratory experimental execution.

  • Experience in GMP/GXP environment

  • Laboratory fit out, start-up, commissioning or qualification.

  • Training in Lean/Six Sigma in a lab context

  • Knowledgeable in Drug Substance, end-to-end process development.

  • Ability to provide scientific mentorship and guidance to coworkers and colleagues within and outside of our organization.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we're counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we're inventing for life.¬ 


If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to¬ staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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Job: Chemical Engineering
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Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
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Hazardous Materials: No
Company Trade Name: Merck

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