Merck Operational Readiness Lead in Elkton, Virginia
Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.
At our Company facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have a Manufacturing Operations Specialist position available. Our Company is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains just a short distance from major state universities: University of Virginia and James Madison University. This position supports expansion of manufacturing operations in our vaccine fermentation and purification production areas. The successful candidate will be a key member of a cross functional project team tasked with rapidly increasing manufacturing capacity through capital and smaller-scale improvement projects. The position will transition to supporting operations through production ramp up and into steady state manufacturing.
Provide operational design criteria and input to cross-functional project suite teams.
Establish strategy and manage execution of operational procedure development.
Contribute to staffing modeling and realization, including training of hourly union and shop floor management staff.
Development of standard work to support production requirements.
Support off-site factory acceptance testing, including higher frequency and duration of travel during a defined period.
Plan, organize, prioritize, and direct day-to-day operations, including coordination between multiple disciplines on the shop floor, write permits, lead start-up meetings.
Identify, evaluate, plan, and execute continuous improvement projects to increase the team’s effectiveness in meeting business goals including safety, quality, productivity, and reliability objectives.
Lead and participate in safety, environmental, and quality audits and investigations and implementation of related corrective actions.
Coach and mentor operators and managers.
Occasional off-hours support while shift leads are established.
Education Minimum Requirement:
- Bachelor’s degree
Required Experience and Skills:
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously
Demonstrated ability to develop and direct standard work and lean manufacturing concepts
Demonstrated technical proficiency in pharmaceutical or chemical industry
Preferred Experience and Skills:
5 years experience in vaccines/biologics manufacturing environment
BS in engineering or similar technical field
Management experience in a manufacturing environment
Management experience in a union environment
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.
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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.
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