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Merck & Co, Inc

Manufacturing Operations Specialist- 3rd shift ( MERCUSR160638ENUS)

Manufacturing and Production

Factory Operations



West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

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.

The Manufacturing Operations Specialist supports manufacturing operations in the Live Virus Vaccines organization. This high impact role in our Company Manufacturing assures that products manufactured comply with cGMPs, operating procedures and other applicable regulations. This role focuses on shop floor compliance and implementation of lean manufacturing initiatives aligned with department goals.



  • Supports the managers in the direct processing of materials to ensure attainment of business results

  • Develops an in-depth knowledge of the equipment and process

  • Builds knowledge of the company, process, clients and/or customers

  • Applies team effectiveness skills, listening and integrating diverse perspectives from across the workgroup

  • Manage conflict and effect resolution of technical and personal challenges using standard procedures is key as is openness to change and the ability to effect positive change

  • Contributes and adds value to the achievement of team goals


  • Ensure compliance with safety and environmental practices, cGMPs and SOPs in the work area

  • Demonstrate integrity, credibility, and flexibility in their daily performance so as to motivate others to do the same

Business Expertise

  • Perform a thorough review of batch records and related GMP documentation, identifying and resolving discrepancies in a timely manner and implementing corrective actions to improve the batch record execution/review process

  • Work with subject matter experts (SME’s) to provide/track necessary training for operator qualification as assigned

  • Participate in the design and implementation of training and development programs and training materials

  • Foster a collaborative relationship with manufacturing floor personnel focused on high quality investigations, meaningful corrective actions and reducing the deviation generation rate

  • Determines/implements appropriate and effective corrective and/or preventative actions (CAPAs) to prevent reoccurrence of deviations and ensure they improve the Right First Time metrics

Problem Solving | Decision Making

  • Identifies and solves a range of problems in straightforward situations; analyzes possible solutions and assesses each using standard procedures

  • Makes decisions that are guided by site policies and procedures

  • Collaborates with supporting departments such as Quality, Tech Ops and Maintenance to solve problems in an efficient and compliant manner

  • Consults with manager on more complex decisions and issues that impact other departments

Project | Resource Management

  • Accountable for contribution to project team or sub-team, may manage/led a small project team

  • Collaborates with team members in the identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives and action plans

  • Supports activities in the areas of cost containment, efficiency, productivity, energy conservation, waste minimization, operational excellence, and lean practices

  • Aware of costs and assists in controlling costs related to own work


  • Bachelor Degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or related discipline

Experience | Skills


  • Familiarity with cGMPs in pharmaceutical industry

  • Demonstrates strong problem-solving skills and a hands-on approach to problem solving

  • Ability to work independently


  • Two years cGMP in a sterile, bulk or finished pharmaceutical environment

  • Formal problem-solving techniques, such as root cause analysis (RCA), failure mode effects analysis (FMEA) and/or Lean Six Sigma Tools

  • Manufacturing plant experience in operational capacity

  • Working in a Union environment

  • SAP or other Enterprise Software

  • Knowledge of CFR regulations

Shift and Hours

  • 3rd Shift

  • Willingness to work off-shift and weekends

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 …

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.


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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Employee Status:



No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:


3rd - Night

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Requisition ID:R160638