Merck Director, Technical Product Steward - HepB/HiB/PR5I Vaccines 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.

Global Technical Operations, Vaccine Technology & Raw Materials COE (VT&RM COE) is seeking a highly motivated individual for the Technical Product Steward, HepB/HiB/PR5I Vaccines position. VT&RM COE is a Customer Focused organization designed to connect the manufacturing sites across the Large Molecule (LM) network and provide service to support the objectives of compliant, reliable and robust supply.

The Technical Product Steward will provide end-to-end strategic technical direction and leadership which encompasses both peer-influence and matrixed reporting relationships. The incumbent will partner with key business units and customers (e.g., Operations, Quality) to implement innovative technical solutions and operational improvements to achieve targets for safety, compliance, supply, and productivity. The end-to-end scope includes drug substance, drug product, and packaging operations at manufacturing sites in West Point-PA, Haarlem-Netherlands, and Menuma-Japan, as well as supporting the collaboration to supply the hexavalent pediatric vaccine with our partner, Sanofi Pasteur.

Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Build and maintain strong and trusting relationships with site leaders, corporate management, and other stakeholders to ensure effective communication of plans and issues.

  • Prioritize projects and resources to deliver required level of output and support to customers.

  • Communicate strategic plans and align team towards a shared vision/mission with a focus on delivering tangible results.

  • Influence, motivate, and energize individuals at all levels in the organization.

  • Achieve objectives as defined by the Value Chain Management Team (VCMT) to include demand/throughput commitments, deviation reductions, discard reductions and right first time increases.

  • Responsibilities include process design for Vaccine processes (bulk manufacturing, formulation, filling, packaging, related support activities and process development facilities).

  • Serve as the single point of technical governance to the VCMT through the leadership of the cross-functional Technical Product Council (TPC) to manage all technical (non-IDST and non-analytical projects) projects.

  • Responsible for the identification, justification, prioritization and facilitation of technical strategic projects. Responsible for technical aspects of all process unit operations and upgrades.

  • Responsible for the continuous improvement cycle monitored via the development, implementation and maintenance of key metrics for the associated processes.

  • Collaborate with supporting sites and our Research Labs (e.g. Process Research and Development areas) in effective product/process transfers including installation, validation and on-going Continuous Improvements of existing or new vaccine products into our Manufacturing Division.

  • Provide technical leadership and mentoring of colleagues and ensure the consistent quality of the organization's technical output.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, biology or a related scientific field

Required Experience and Skills**:

  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience in the Bio-Pharmaceutical industry.

  • Demonstrated skills in problem solving, verbal/written communication, and team leadership.

  • Ability to collaborate effectively, across functional boundaries, to align stakeholders and sponsors on technical strategies.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Master’s Degree or PhD Degree in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, biology or a related scientific field.

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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Title: Director, Technical Product Steward - HepB/HiB/PR5I Vaccines

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Requisition ID: CHE006063