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Merck & Co, Inc

Re-Invent Returnship - Associate Director, Manufacturing Operations ( MERCUSR114298ENUS)

Manufacturing and Production

Factory Operations



Durham, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

Re-Invent is our Company's returnship program welcoming back individuals who’ve left the workforce for 2+ years. Our simple objective is to create an empowering space for professionals to re-enter while accelerating their growth into leadership roles. Over six months we would invest in your development through project work, cross-functional exposure, targeted coaching, and leadership visibility.

In this program you will be required to provide operational leadership for the start-up of a new facility build for a biotech drug substance and drug product, including leading projects to establish new facility team, eliminate waste and improve process efficiencies using lean methodologies.

You will be required to exercise independent judgment and support significant projects and will be making key decisions that directly impact business outcomes.

Builders – Vaccine Facing:

The goal of the Vaccine Builders is to improve global access for our vaccines by building new innovative and efficient facilities across our network. Vaccine Builders are responsible for Facility Start-up which includes design, commissioning, equipment qualification, process demonstration, facility licensure, and capacity realization covering various roles within Operations, Maintenance, Automation, and facility management. In order to deliver forward-looking facilities, we are incorporating new technologies; ensuring the job is done right first time; looking for sustainable solutions to reduce our emission and energy use; and developing our people with new capabilities. Our bold and ambitious vision for the future of not just being the best at supplying innovative vaccines but also making them more accessible makes this an ideal opportunity to be part of the company’s cutting-edge expansion.

Program Requirements:

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Science, Data Analytics, Business, Pharmaceuticals, Biochemistry, Microbiology, and/or related field with 10 years of relevant experience; or Master's Degree with 8 years of relevant experience; or Ph.D. with 4 years of relevant experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate must have taken a career break of 2+ years. A career break is defined as having taken a break from Corporate America; any entrepreneurial explorations, transition to academia, or other personal circumstances constitute as a break.

  • Candidate must be eligible to work in US without sponsorship

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidate has demonstrated leadership experience in field of study, extracurricular activity, previous internship or undergraduate research, military or prior work experience.

  • Candidate should possess superior communication and interpersonal skills, a team-player with the ability to work collaboratively.

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Employee Status:

Intern/Co-op (Fixed Term)



VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R114298