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Merck & Co, Inc

1st shift Production Operations Technician ($1,000 Sign-On Bonus available for New External Hires) ( MERCUSR162701ENUS)

Manufacturing and Production

Factory Operations



Elkhorn, Nebraska, United States

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

$1,000 Sign-On Bonus available for New External Hires. The sign-on bonus will be paid within your first regularly scheduled paycheck.”

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 Production Operations Technician position is available at our Animal Health facility in Elkhorn, Nebraska, located on the West end of Omaha. The Elkhorn facility is expanding operations to manufacture animal vaccines and biologics. Looking for talented individuals to join our Production Teams using key technologies for cell culture, filling and packaging.


  • Ensures quality product by knowing and maintaining company and Departmental standards and procedures

  • Conduct and complete sterile operations according to Standard Production Processes (SPPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), documentation practices must be performed in a concurrent, legible and consistent basis

  • Prepare cell and viral cultures within flasks, roller bottles in large quantities (1000+ cultures per day), this process is labor intensive and requires ability to push and pull large tanks, open and close large amount of roller bottles, lift trash bags and move large racks up to 20+ times a day

  • Sanitization or sterilization of designated areas and equipment, requiring work with cleaners and attention to small details while cleaning

  • Troubleshoot and complete adjustments of equipment | Ensure all assigned equipment and components are staged for assigned operation

  • Maintain documentation and other duties as assigned. Sterile processes are performed in small labs with up to three other technicians at the same time

  • Technicians will be required to wear full aseptic gown including hood, suite, boots, gloves, mask and googles

  • Some operations will be completed wearing a respirator which can reduce visibility

  • Must be able to work in a team environment, be able to also complete assigned tasks independently, be reliable and on time


  • High School Diploma/GED OR Associates degree or higher in a Science or Engineering discipline

Experience | Skills


  • Principled and good verbal and written communications

  • Math aptitude

  • Strong work ethic

  • Ability to lift 50lbs on an intermittent basis

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Good documentation practices

  • Successful completion of a Physical Abilities Test


  • Working knowledge of cGMP and inventory control concepts

  • Understanding of aseptic techniques and procedures

Shift | Schedule

  • 5 positions available on various days: 2 for Monday-Friday | 1 for Wednesday-Sunday | 1 for Sunday-Thursday | 1 for Fri- Mon

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals 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.


Current Employees apply HERE

Current Contingent Workers apply HERE

US and Puerto Rico Residents Only:

Our company is committed to inclusion, ensuring that candidates can engage in a hiring process that exhibits their true capabilities. Please click here if you need an accommodation during the application or hiring process.

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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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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:



No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R162701