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Merck Specialist, Quality Analyst 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 Quality Assurance group ensures every single material inside our products is manufactured, processed, tested, packaged, stored and distributed aligned with our incredibly high standards of quality and meets all regulatory requirements. Partnering across our internal manufacturing facilities, external contract manufacturers and suppliers we create an interdependent global manufacturing network committed to deliver a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

Our Company is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and consumer health products, as well as animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

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 campus in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have a Quality Analyst position available with our quality in-process laboratory. 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.

A Quality Analyst will supervise a team of laboratory technicians performing analytical chemical testing on in-process samples. Instrumentation includes KF, IR, UV-Vis, GC, HPLC, UPLC, and others. Routinely participates in laboratory related activities such as second person review, instrument validation, qualification, report writing, deviation investigations, training, and others. Must be able to work independently in an open team environment and have strong problem solving and communication skills. This position functions on a 12-hour shift, rotating shiftwork schedule.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Performs second person review of in-process and intermediate sample testing.

  • Performs second person review and analysis using instrumental methods such as IR, UV, VIS, GC, HPLC, and UPLC as well as titrations and other physical and chemical tests.

  • Performs review of paper documents as well as review of electronic records.

  • This position will be responsible for assisting with laboratory GMP activities by performing PM/PV and instrument troubleshooting.

  • Capable of interacting with and understanding various data acquisition/management software and Laboratory Information Management Systems.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry or other relevant discipline.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Capable of working shift work, 12 hour shifts alternating day and night shifts, alternating weekends.

  • Capable of working with hazardous laboratory chemicals.

  • Professional OR academic experience with laboratory instrumentation.

  • Professional OR academic experience with laboratory bench testing.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Supervisory experience.

  • Previous experience in a GMP laboratory.

  • Proficient in operating and troubleshooting laboratory instrumentation.

  • Previous experience with laboratory data management systems.


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 …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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 .





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Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


3rd - Night

Valid Driving License:

Hazardous Material(s):

Laboratory chemicals, acids, bases, oxidizers, organic solvents. Beta lactam antibiotic.

Number of Openings:


Requisition ID: R54030