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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Manufacturing Automation Data Science Specialist ( MERCUSR175783ENUS)

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer



Elkton, Virginia, 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.

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Senior Manufacturing Automation Data Science Specialist that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

At our Company's Manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have a Senior Manufacturing Automation Engineer position available. The successful candidate is primarily responsible for leading digital innovation initiatives at the site and will be working closely with the automation, Manufacturing Execution System (MES), Operations, and Training teams. They will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills working on various projects as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

Additional Key Responsibilities

  • Lead Elkton site Automation Data Science and Digitalization Team

  • Leading digital innovation initiatives from business case development through delivery, such as digital twin, finite scheduling, and advanced shop floor visualization/notifications through existing and new technologies

  • Integrate with site process SMEs to develop proactive process monitoring tools such as dashboards and work-flow analysis

  • Develop and refine process models to understand system capabilities and limitations

  • Support regulatory requirements by developing data analytic and reporting tools to enhance continuous process validation (CPV)

  • Partner with maintenance organization to improve predictive maintenance program through data analysis to minimize unplanned equipment downtime and provide visual indicators of failures

  • Serve as the primary site liaison to our Company's Integrated Data Execution and Analytics team and all Product Data Management (PDM) teams

  • Participate in architecture design for new and existing systems to ensure that all data requirements can be met

  • Experimenting and learning new digital tools and methods from enabling technologies through data analytics

  • Develop and provide training for digital platforms/analytical tools and techniques to the automation and process engineers, and operations personnel

  • Complete detailed analysis from a productivity/throughput perspective looking at the data to help refine the process models for what is the most efficient way to run

  • Support complex investigations using data analytics to help identify root cause

  • Supporting process automation, data historian, and reporting systems on an as-needed basis with regards to commissioning and qualification through ongoing support

  • Application of sound project management techniques to meet schedule, budget, benefit realization and other project objectives

  • Providing direct support for regulatory inspections and audits and other validation activities by serving as the subject matter expert

  • Assisting in the development and review and approval of department Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and other site Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), related to automation and digital activities and adheres to established quality standards

  • Supporting problem solving practices to identify and resolve technical and operational problems; able to collaborate with peers to resolve problems that cross into inter-related units


  • Bachelor degree in Engineering, Computer Science or Data Science

Experience | Knowledge | Skills


  • Work independently and as a Team member with Integrity | Precision | Accomplishment | Principled Ambition | Respect

  • Seven years supporting a production industry

  • Five years in data engineering or data analytics

  • Ability to build relationships with team, peers and area leads both locally and across multiple sites and divisional teams

  • Leadership in achieving shared objectives in multiple areas of production

  • Strong understanding of manufacturing principles/processes and ability to translate manufacturing and business requirements into Automation/digital solution


  • Advanced Degree in Data Science

  • Process Automation (DeltaV/PLCs), PI, PI Asset Framework, PI Vision, Spotfire, Mantis, BioG, Pipeline Pilot, Python, VBA

  • Five years in a Good Manufacturing Practice- manufacturing

  • Direct experience with all levels of the S95 model from ERP to shop floor instrumentation and working knowledge of S88

  • Data Integrity acumen

  • Lean Six Sigma Understanding

  • Knowledge of Good Automation Manufacturing Practices (GAMP) standard

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.

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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:R175783