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Senior Specialist, Manufacturing Automation Job - United States  

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Posted on : 10 April 2017

Project Description

Senior Specialist, Manufacturing Automation-MAN004017


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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.

At Merck’s Manufacturing Facility in Elkton, Virginia we currently have a Senior Specialist, Automation position available. This role manages the team of automation engineers responsible for all aspects of process / facility automation in a new biologics / vaccine manufacturing facility.

Additional responsibilities will include:

•Participating in design / engineering reviews
•Maintaining systems and solutions in accordance with cGMP and GAMP standards as well as in accordance with company policies and procedures and regulatory agency expectations.
•Conducting investigations and performing trouble-shooting of systems to maintain and improve manufacturing performance.
•Mentor and train end-users and technical and operations staff
•Providing off-hour troubleshooting and support by phone and in person when required
•Participate in process / facility equipment Factory Acceptance Testing as required
•Writing and reviewing technical documents
•Participation in compliance audits
•Identifying and implementing system improvements using the change control process

The successful candidate will have examples of:

•Excellent communication and team skills – position will require significant interaction with many customers and partners both on and off the plant site.
•Demonstrated ability to take initiative and be proactive – position requires self-directed learning, going onto the shop floor to interact with customers and partners to learn their manufacturing information system data needs, and identify ways to improve service and performance.
•Demonstrated technical problem-solving skill, including the ability to think creatively, logically, and systematically.
•Drive to succeed and to help others do the same.


Required Qualifications:

•Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science with 6 or more years relevant work experience
•Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science with 4 or more years of relevant work experience
•Experience with Emerson DeltaV or similar process control system

Preferred Qualifications:

•Experience in an operations/manufacturing environment preferred.
•Validation and SDLC experience with computer systems.
•Experience working with regulatory requirements (i.e. cGMP, OSHA)
•Experience working under cGMPs
•Allen Bradley PLC, GE Unicorn experience
•Experience with GAMP

Our employees are the key to our company’s success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company’s benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

For more information about personal rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, visit:

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Merck is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Job: Manufacturing Automation

Job Title:Sr. Spclst, Manufacturing Automation

Primary Location: NA-US-VA-Elkton

Employee Status: Regular

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): 1st

Hazardous Materials: No

Company Trade Name:Merck

Nearest Major Market: Harrisonburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

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