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Merck Associate Specialist, Engineering in Elkton, Virginia

Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity with a rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturer? If so, then 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.

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 manufacturing campus in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have an Associate Specialist, Engineering position within the Technical Operations organization. If you are the kind of individual who thrives on challenge and possess 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.

Position Responsibilities:

  • The primary responsibility of the person in this role will be to execute alongside and provide technical input to a team of scientists and engineers responsible for a variety of validation activities in a new biologics / vaccines manufacturing facility.

  • 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 a product manufacturing facility.

  • Providing technical input and leadership to support validation activities and licensure for a new product facility;

  • Supporting change control ownership;

  • Supporting regulatory submissions; challenging traditional practices to make way for innovative/creative solutions; and driving process/business system improvements.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • B.S. degree in a biological sciences field, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, biological systems engineering, chemistry or related life science or engineering discipline and 2-4 years of relevant industrial experience

  • M.S. degree in a biological sciences field, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, biological systems engineering, chemistry or related life science or engineering discipline and a minimum of 2 years of relevant industrial experience

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Industrial experience in pharmaceutical (biologics/vaccines/sterile) manufacturing in a GMP compliant setting

  • Experience with industrial cultivation of microbial organisms

  • Experience in aseptic processing

  • Experience with at least one of the following:

  • Process Performance Validation

  • Validation Master Plan development

  • Installation/Operational Qualification

  • Clean in place (CIP)/ Steam in place (SIP) validation

  • Controlled Temperature Unit Validation

  • Autoclave Validation

  • Experience supervising and overseeing activities of team members

  • Strong experience in authoring and developing technical documentation

  • Strong problem solving skills and a hands-on approach to problem solving, with a bias toward going to see problems for oneself in the field.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Hands on experience working with SAP, Trackwise and Midas

  • Experience with regulatory filing activities

  • Experience in interacting and operating within a union operated facility

Your role at our Company 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 our Company, we're inventing for life.

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 …

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.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

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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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:



No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:


Not Indicated

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Requisition ID: R102518