15 Dec, 2020

Senior Process Engineer

  • Merck
  • Elkton, VA, USA
Process Engineer   Biochemicals / Pharmaceuticals

Job Description

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 successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply his or her enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team supporting the operation and improvement of a manufacturing facility. This role requires the ability to manage multiple projects and activities. Strong communication and collaboration skills are essential, and will require robust problem solving skills and an applied approach to troubleshooting and investigation.


This role will work under the guidance of the Technical Lead for Antibiotic and Sterile Technical Operations to provide support and direction to the area. The successful candidate must exhibit strong leadership, interpersonal, collaboration, and communication skills for both decision making and guiding team members, and will have the opportunity to manage a sub-group of the Technical Operations team.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Achieving safety, quality, and environmental compliance excellence in all assignments
  • Providing technical leadership and support for a sterile manufacturing facility, including data analysis, troubleshooting, problem solving, coaching/teaching, and report writing
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams across levels, including leading teams or groups
  • Initiating, supporting, or leading change control implementation
  • Learning new processes and procedures
  • Leading and conducting technical investigations and analyses to determine the root cause of problems
  • Recommending and implementing corrective and preventative actions
  • Executing continuous improvement projects
  • Recommending, creating, writing, reviewing, and approving procedures, instructions, protocols, and other Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) documentation
  • Coaching and teaching others
  • Contributing to or leading safety reviews and improvements
  • Performing shift work as needed (expected to be minimal)
  • Provide support, including leadership support, during inspections


If you are the kind of individual who thrives on challenge and possesses the technical, leadership, and communication skills that are of value to our business, we invite you to apply. Consistently cited as a great place to work, we discover, develop, manufacture, and market a wide range of vaccines and medicines to address unmet medical needs. Each of our employees is joined by an extraordinary sense of purpose - bringing our Company finest achievements to people around the world.


Education Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Engineering or Science field such as chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, integrated science, biology, biological system engineering, mechanical engineering, or related life science or engineering discipline.


Required Experience and Skills

  • This should be combined with a minimum of 6 years of relevant industrial experience, which includes experience in any Pharmaceutical, Food, or Chemical manufacturing industry.
  • Technical writing and presentation experience
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong personal character, ethics, and integrity
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal and team skills; and collaborative skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Robust problem solving skills and a hands-on approach to troubleshooting and investigation, with a bias towards going to see problems for oneself in the field.
  • Strong desire to succeed and to help others to do the same.
  • The ability to examine an issue from diverse perspectives (e.g. safety, compliance, maintenance, automation, equipment, process, and people) in order to best understand and resolve it.
  • Enthusiasm, confidence, and initiative-taking ability needed for continuous learning and application of knowledge.
  • Ability to manage projects and assignments, working towards deadlines within a schedule.


Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical or cGMP environment
  • Sterile, aseptic, or microbiological experience in a classroom or industrial setting
  • Experience managing and executing projects or change controls
  • Experience coaching and developing others
  • Experience with SAP and DeltaV


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 …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.


We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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