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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Director - Process Engineering

Engineering and Architecture

Architectural Director


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The Formulation, Laboratory, and Experimentation (FLEx) Center is a new multi-modality (small molecule, biologics, vaccine) Drug Product development and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) clinical supply manufacturing facility in Rahway, New Jersey. The Process Engineer role at the Associate Director level will serve as a leader in the FLEx Steile & Lyospheres GMP facility. As the facility is currently under construction, the selected candidate will contribute to equipment and facility design, system commissioning/qualification, regulatory certification, as well as other workstreams’ critical activities to enable facility startup and operational readiness. This individual will collaborate closely with the formulators, engineers, Quality representatives, and other team members to ensure the quality of the clinical supplies, the scientific rigor of the processes, and ultimately to enable the flexibility and speed of our Company's pipeline. Once the facility is operational, this role will support the formulation and process development activities, quality investigations and change management, and author GMP standard operating procedures and protocols in support of facility operations. The role is based in New Jersey and reports to the Sterile or Lyospheres Process Engineering Lead of the FLEx GMP facility within Pharmaceutical Operations and Clinical Supply.

Education Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences or related scientific field with a minimum of 6 years relevant experience

  • Master’s degree with 4 years of relevant experience, or a

  • PhD degree with 2 years of relevant experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Extensive knowledge and experience of drug product aseptic processing, equipment and sterile technique.

  • Experience with Commissioning, Qualification and Validation.

  • Experience in leading and supporting quality investigations and change management.

  • Familiarity with United States and European Union GMP and Safety compliance regulations.

  • Ability to convert new drug product attributes and process needs to an executable series of steps and procedures to enable acceptable product manufacture.

  • Ability to prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and current GXP documents.

  • Experience with quality systems.

  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Excellent organizational skills to multi-task.

  • Desire and willingness to learn, contribute and lead.

  • Track-record of independent problem-solving.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience with new sterile GMP facility startup.

  • Knowledge of Investigational drug regulatory requirements.

  • Understanding of Clinical Supply Chain Operations.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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Expected salary range:

$117,600.00 - $200,100.00

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Requisition ID:R211628