West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

Position Description:

As a member of the Automation and Digital Data Engineering Department, the Senior Specialist - Facility Automation Engineer’s primary role focuses on the management of automation systems and related applications in addition to oversight of the IT/OT networks that these systems utilize. The engineer will be responsible for all aspects of the lifecycle for the systems assigned to them which includes maintenance, configuration, troubleshooting, and continuous improvement of computer systems and supporting infrastructure.   This role will work with various stakeholders including: end users from various business areas, maintenance staff, reliability engineers, corporate IT and contractors  to ensure that equipment and systems are maintained or updated to be within corporate requirements and industry best practices and provide reliable, secure performance within budget constraints.  They will also be responsible for ensuring modification to the systems follow proper change control and documentation. 

The primary activities include and are not limited to the following:

  • Manage policies and procedures related to the administration of assigned systems. Ensures system documentation is maintained to be accurate and in compliance with our company policy.

  • Develop and implement system diagnostics and maintenance tools to ensure the availability and functionality of systems designed to organizational objectives.

  • Implement system configuration changes in coordination with facilities project teams and end users.

  • Manage the installation of software and hardware, systems fixes, updates and enhancement, account administration.

  • Optimize the functionality of networks and systems and diagnoses and recovers failed systems.

  • Participate in security related initiatives as directed including backups testing and Disaster Recovery planning and testing.

  • Act as single point of contact for internal customers requesting additions and changes to the system or data retrieved from the system.

  • Assist in developing the main plan for assigned systems.

  • Guides the work activities and priorities of specialty vendors. Audits vendors field maintenance of the system.

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor of Science in a field of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 2 yrs. working with Windows Server, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Internet Information Server, Microsoft S.Q.L Server.

  • Functional knowledge of the protocol suite software including various programs associated with IP, TCP, UDP, DNS, DHCP, WINS, HTTP, SMTP, ARP, SNMP, switching and routing.

  • Automation controllers as applied to building automation and laboratory environments.

  • Working Knowledge of communication networks and associated infrastructure in support of building automation.

  • Working Knowledge of automation and communication protocols such as BACnet, OPC, (DA,HDA, UA).

  • Minimum of a year performing troubleshooting and root cause analysis.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Familiar with OPC DA, HDA, UA.

  • Familiar with OSI PI Historian and associated tools.

  • Data platforms/tools such as QlikSense, Spotfire, R, or Python

  • Knowledge of 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance

  • Familiar with ISA99/IEC 62443

  • Familiar with cGMP/gAMP Documentation

  • Familiar or working knowledge of lean-principles and Agile project management.

  • Managing budgets.

  • Relevant professional experiences with assisting in the pharmaceutical industry, including manufacturing, research labs, pilot plant and utilities operations.

Our Support Functions deliver services and makes recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the experience of working at our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security. 

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.





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Requisition ID:R87079

West Point, Pennsylvania

Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For more information, visit www.merck.com.

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