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Merck & Co, Inc

Manufacturing Execution System Engineer ( MERCUSR175759ENUS)

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer



Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

New hires in office-based roles in the U.S. & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine partnership with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

Our Company is making strategic investments in Facilities and Infrastructure of the Future. A Manufacturing Execution System (MES) is an integral element of this foundation to manage pilot plant operations.

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We partner internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

We are seeking an energetic individual to join our Global Research Laboratory IT Organization to be the Sr. Technical Engineer for a multi-site effort to implement a Manufacturing Execution System and explore opportunities to leverage the process and product data to make real-time plant-floor decisions.

Primary Tasks:

  • Provide technical expertise in MES solutions to Rahway, NJ and/or West Point, PA Research Laboratory Pilot Plants by leading development, maintenance, and support of the global MES solution across U.S..

  • Work with both business stakeholders and IT partners to appreciate business requirements and translate to MES solutions.

  • Comprehend the Technical aspects of the MES solution including software components, configuration, recipe and object libraries, interfaces, reports and any customizations that’s required to support the MES operations.

  • Be accountable for MES interfaces that support integration to SAP, Lab Instruments, Quality execution systems, Process control systems (DeltaV, PLCs, etc.), AWS Data Warehouse and IOT digital solutions.

  • Ensure ongoing compliance with regulatory safety, GMP and Validation requirements. Ensure all systems are designed, built and operated to full SDLC requirements.

  • Promote the effective use of IT standards and tools, while embracing the acute needs of a competitive research environment.

  • Develop and convey accurate resource estimates and timelines.

  • Drive effective business governance of projects and post implementation oversight of applications.

  • Act as the primary point of contact as Tier 3 Engineer supporting the MES solution for Rahway and /or West Point PA site interacting with the site automation, network, and the lab team

Education Minimum:

  • B.A./B.S. or M.A./M.S. in a scientific or technical discipline (such as computer science, engineering, biology, chemistry, etc.). Pharmaceutical experience preferred but not mandatory.


  • 5+ years in process automation, MES and batch manufacturing industry standards and/or quality system disciplines.

  • The candidate will have comprehension of shop floor activities, GMP and process automation in addition to prior experience in MES use and support.

  • Strong domain expertise in the application of IT to manufacturing, including a broad appreciation of processes and how they are supported by IT tools and systems.

  • Knowledge of industry standard integration protocols and programming applications such as OPC, Delta-V, OSI PI, Data historian, ODBC, SQL and Web API

  • Has integrated MES with ERP solutions such as SAP/Oracle.

  • Worked with AWS Cloud will be added advantage, but not mandatory.

  • Problem solver with a significant record of accomplishment

  • Demonstrate strategic thinking skills and an eagerness to learn scientific processes, drug discovery and development processes, regulatory requirements as necessary to solve problems

  • Ability to work independently, asynchronously (across time zones) and with excellent communication skills that cross culture/geographic/organizational boundaries

  • Record of working in a team of multidisciplinary scientists and IT personnel and operating effectively with cross functional teams.

  • Act as the primary point of contact as Engineer supporting the MES solution for Rahway and /or West Point site interacting with the site automation, network, and the lab team

  • Travel will be required to Rahway, NJ and West Point, PA plants post COVID restrictions or as project demands. International site visit may be required in the future.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

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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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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Requisition ID:R175759