West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.  

The Senior Specialist, Engineering, will be responsible for support of production of live virus vaccines within Building 29. This engineer will be a member of the Technical Services Deviation Management team in the Live Virus Vaccine Manufacturing End-to-End at the West Point site.  The primary responsibility of the individual will be investigation initiation and closure associated with vaccine technology/production in support of formulation and final product filling operations. Support will be focused on the Deviation Management process including operations support, equipment troubleshooting, implementation of process/ equipment actions, and other related duties.  This position will require development of technical expertise of corresponding IPT operations and mentorship/development of more junior members of the team. Limited off-shift or weekend coverage may be required based on business unit needs and specific assignments.

Additional responsibilities include the following:

  • Leads and/or works as a team member on manufacturing investigations and/or process improvement projects.

  • Has ability to examine an issue from diverse perspectives (safety, compliance, automation, equipment, process, and people) in order to best understand and resolve the root cause.

  • Assures consistent application of standardized work, engineering and process tools.

  • Provides technical support to manufacturing shop floor for problems and issues.  

  • Conducts and designs experimental protocols as needed using the Technical Operations lab facilities and/or production equipment at full scale.

  • Authors and updates technical and manufacturing documents necessary for investigations, process design/definition, engineering studies, process demonstrations, change control and validation.

  • 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 investigations, protocols, and reports etc. as required.  May be responsible for presenting technical discussions to regulatory agencies during inspections.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • B.S. degree in Engineering or Sciences.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 2 years relevant work experience, including direct support of development or manufacturing of biologics / sterile products (or M.S. degree with <1 year experience).

  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to drive results

  • Strong communication, collaboration skills and ability to drive accountability

  • Strong problem-solving skillset

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Vaccine manufacturing

  • Participation in regulatory inspections

  • Sterile processing

  • Experience authoring investigations

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 …

We are known as Our Company., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and Our Company 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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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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