Merck Associate Director, Sterile Product Packaging 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.

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.

Position Description

Packaging and Combination Product Commercialization (PC2) within Global Pharmaceutical Commercialization (GPC) has a position available for the development of packaging solutions for sterile products to improve human health.

The candidate will:

  • Lead the design and selection of container closure components used to deliver sterile dosage forms to customers, to maintain the product integrity over the desired shelf-life while meeting customers’ use requirements.

  • Lead the design and selection of trays, cartons, shippers, security features, and thermal components to assure these new products are distributed throughout the supply chain robustly. This position also includes development of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging solutions for upstream drug substance and key intermediates.

  • Fulfill these responsibilities through the design and execution of collaborative studies with formulation and analytical scientists, process development engineers, and packaging site operations engineers.

  • Have responsibility for new product packaging throughout the lifecycle of development, from Phase I clinical trials until commercial launch, including the preparation of relevant regulatory filing sections and responses that gain marketing approval of these new Merck products.

  • Lead and participate in cross functional teams in support of these efforts.

The ideal candidate for this position possesses all the following:

  • Knowledge and understanding of parenteral dosage forms and delivery methods, including injection devices for self-administration, secondary packaging requirements, and cold chain distribution practices.

  • Ability to complete analysis of complex problems through critical analytical thinking and the design/execution of laboratory/pilot scale experiments when required.

  • An enthusiasm for collaboration with a diverse set of business partners within research, development, and supply, at a variety of locations within and external to Merck.

  • Strong interpersonal collaboration and communication skills and the ability to manage projects and lead discussions with partners from other functional areas when conducting risk assessments, designing experimental test plans, and seeking to utilize materials and resources outside the control of PC2.

  • Strong project and time management skills to allow for the ability to successfully track multiple project assignments at a variety of different stages of development.

  • Strong leadership skills including team facilitation across multiple functions

Education Minimum Requirement:

The successful candidate will have a completed a B.S. or M.S in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Packaging Science, Pharmaceutical Science or similar degree

Required Experience and Skills:

10 years of relevant parenteral or pharma experience with a BS or MS

Preferred Experience and Skills:

The position requires strong technical writing skills, knowledge of potential product/package interactions and basic understanding of the use of Design of Experiments (DOE). The successful candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills and a sharp customer focus to integrate group activities with partners, including Early Development, Supply, and potentially external collaborators into actionable plans executed to support regulatory filings. Candidates must also exhibit competency in all Merck Leadership and Inclusion behaviors. Candidate to have demonstrated project management and leadership skills

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.

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Other Locations: NA-US-PA-West Point

Title: Associate Director, Sterile Product Packaging

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Kenilworth

Requisition ID: PAC000291