Merck Assoc. Director, Engineering in West Point, Pennsylvania

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.

Key vaccine product franchises are experiencing significant growth requiring staffing to support key initiatives. The Associate Director, Technical Services Process Engineering in the BioBacterial Manufacturing End-to-End is responsible for the management and oversight of a technical team responsible for the execution of projects in the commercial manufacturing area while actively supporting, participating in, and embracing an empowered team culture. In this role, the Associate Director will work as both an individual contributor as well as a team or project lead to lead work of others as required. The Associate Director will have overall responsibility for the performance and results of the technical services team. Limited off-shift or weekend coverage may be required based on business unit needs and specific assignments. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Builds talent by coaching and developing the members of the Technical Services team to ensure appropriate breadth, depth and skill sets across the team to maintain and drive the business forward. Provides/solicits regular feedback from team and colleagues. Develops technical/professional staff through coaching, assignment selection and associated training.

  • Responsible for defining and leading projects. Specifically, will use standard project management approaches and assemble and lead teams in the execution of projects with responsibility for resourcing, charter development, project planning and tracking, risk management,and escalation . The incumbent will operate with a high degree of independence, assuring alignment with appropriate functional leaders and stakeholders while advancing their assigned projects and initiatives. The incumbent will have interest and capability in rigorous scientific approaches, operational excellence methods, systems development and change execution management, and strong analtyical, communication and interpersonal skills. Collaborates and engages with multiple functional organizations such as Operations, Technology, Quality, Automation, Global Engineering Services, Procurement, Finance, Above Site Technology, Regulatory, among others, to develop and maintain processes that meet cGMP and business requirements.

  • Manages team resources and prioritizes as aligned with business needs to include project support, and continuous improvement activities – e.g. improve safety/compliance, reduce cost and increase consistency and efficiency. Recruit and hire team members as necessary.

  • Provides technical guidance to staff, colleagues or customers as well as anticipates and interprets the customer needs to identify solutions. Includes approval of technical documentation including protocols, qualification, change control, validation etc. as required. Responsible for presenting technical discussions to regulatory agencies during inspections.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • External Education: - Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Science

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 8 years post-bachelor’s degree experience in GMP manufacturing and/or technical support of GMP manufacturing operations (or M.S. degree plus 5 years)

  • Experience in biologics, vaccine ,or bulk sterile manufacturing facilities in a process or validation support role

  • Demonstrated skill in project management and developing and leading high performing teams

  • Strong business acumen, communication and interpersonal skills and ability to drive accountability

  • Ability to maintain strong working relationships with technical, quality and operations leaders

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Advanced degree (M.S., Ph.D.) in science or engineering

  • Experience in biologics, vaccine, or bulk sterile manufacturing facilities.

  • Regulatory inspection presentation experience with external regulatory authority representatives.

  • PMP certification

  • Strong Understanding of Change Control

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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Merck is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Title: Assoc. Director, Engineering

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: CHE005945