15 Dec, 2020

Specialist, Process Engineer

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

Job Description

Job Description


Are you looking for an exciting opportunity with a rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturer? If so, then this is the opportunity for you!


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.  


At our Company's facility in Elkton, Virginia, the Antibiotic Filling Technical Operations team is seeking highly motivated individuals to provide technical and engineering support to processes and projects in the area as a Technical Operations Process Engineer.  The manufacturing facility is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains, a short distance from the University of Virginia and James Madison University.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply his or her enthusiasm and technical skills as a Specialist, Engineering in 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.  The successful candidate will also have robust problem solving skills and a hands-on approach to troubleshooting and investigation.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Providing technical 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 at times leading teams or groups

  • Initiating, supporting, or leading change control implementation

  • Learning new processes and procedures

  • Conducting complex technical investigations and analyses to determine the root cause of problems

  • Recommending and implementing corrective and preventative actions

  • Executing and managing continuous improvement projects

  • Recommending, creating, and writing procedures, instructions, protocols, and other GMP documentation

  • Contributing to safety reviews and improvements

  • Performing shift work as needed (expected to be minimal)

  • Provide support during inspections

  • Achieving safety, quality, and environmental compliance excellence in all assignments

  • Producing high quality work against firm deadlines


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 Requirement

  • Bachelor 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

  • Minimum of two (2) years relevant industrial experience, which includes experience in any Pharmaceutical, Food, or Chemical manufacturing industry.

  • Experience working in a regulated environment.

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal and team skills; and collaborative skills

  • Consistent, strong personal character, ethics, and integrity

  • 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.

  • 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 assignments, working towards deadlines within a schedule.

  • Strong desire to succeed and to help others to do the same.


Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical or cGMP environment

  • Filling line experience

  • Technical writing and presentation experience

  • Sterile, aseptic, or microbiological experience in a classroom or industrial setting

  • Experience with change control systems




Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time. 


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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