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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Specialist, Manufacturing Automation ( MERCUSR185616ENUS)

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer



Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The Equipment Development & Maintenance (EDM) group within the Chemical Engineering Research & Development (CERD) Department is seeking someone highly motivated to work in a fast-paced job that provides a high level of technical and project management accountability. The Senior Specialist – Manufacturing Automation position will report directly to the Automation Lead and will be a member of the EDM Team. EDM is the group that develops new technologies/capabilities, executes of capital and non-capital improvement projects, and the optimization and reliability of equipment, facility and automation system assets spanning production, utility systems and associated infrastructure.

Responsibilities of the Senior Specialist – Manufacturing Automation include:

  • Direct Support of the operations and automation in the existing Small-Scale Organics (SSO) Drug Substance API Pilot Plant

The SSO uses an Emerson DeltaV Distributed Control System. The SSO is a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) manufacturing facility. The pilot plant’s mission is to serve as an internal node for small molecule drug substance clinical manufacture, first pilot of commercial small molecule processes, enabling internal knowledge of scaling-up manufacturing GMP steps, demonstration of new manufacturing technology/processes and seamless tech transfer to commercial sites.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • Manages multiple automation improvement projects (capital/non-capital) supporting the Pilot Plant, interfacing and collaborating with plant personnel and various site functions (IT/Safety/Environmental/Security/Fire Dept.) including business areas.

  • Effectively/efficiently develops and deploys software/hardware upgrades in support of business objectives, including operational efficiencies, energy savings initiatives, and improved reliability, operability and maintainability.

  • Committed to Automation system optimization; identifies, prioritizes and proposes opportunities for continuous improvement

  • Supervises, schedules and coordinates activities of contract automation engineers and outside contractors/vendors

  • Skillfully and compliantly manages automation change controls, SDLC/CSV/System Administration

  • Authors SOPs/Guidelines for Automation systems in a regulated industry.

  • Develops and implements maintenance strategies for automation systems.

  • Maintains and monitors GMP utility systems in the pilot plant following GMP documentation protocols

  • Additional Supported Areas

In addition to the primary support of the Pilot Plant the Senior Specialist – Manufacturing Automation may also work with our automation team to support:

  • A new Pilot Plant Capital Project which is a new grass roots facility that is currently in design and will be completely constructed in the 2026 timeframe. This facility will utilize Industry 4.0 design characteristic and data design. The base for the automation in the facility will be DeltaV.

  • Hazardous Reactions Lab (HRL): The Hazardous Reactions Lab (HRL), uses GE PLC processors and Genius I/O blocks with an Intellution iFix platform run on redundant SCADAs, and historical data collected in OSI PI. The HRL supports Hydrogenation reactions using a wide variety of vessels and equipment.

  • ABB 800xA Distributed Control System (DCS) for the Powerhouse Utilities and Environmental Area serving the entire RY Site (e.g., boilers, turbines, compressors, potable water distribution, cooling towers).

  • REES: Environmental Monitoring System used for various buildings at both the Rahway and Kenilworth sites.

  • Data Acquisition System (DAS 7.0): Honeywell Experion platform used for particulate emissions for Powerhouse (NJ EPA reportable system).

  • PowerRich (ClearSCADA): Schneider Electric software vendor used to monitor RY Site electrical substation power usage.

  • IceTec: Used for energy demand and metering in the Powerhouse



  • BS in Automation, Engineering, Science, Computer-Programming or related area


  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ in a GMP Automation Engineering field.

  • Operations, in a GMP Pilot Plant, Manufacturing environment or related facility

  • A problem solver/troubleshooter, skilled in Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

  • Knowledge of all of the details of automation including wiring, electrical, device selection and integration

  • Multi-tasker with ability to manage multiple automation projects

  • Candidate should exhibit strong technical writing and oral communications skills and the ability to collaborate effectively in a team environment

  • Proficient in email/MS Office Platform and document storage systems

  • A high level of innovation, creativity and self-initiative along with ability to plan and organize activities is expected.


  • Knowledge of DeltaV Live, DeltaV wireless and Charms I/O

  • Ability to understand, update, design and implement required code modifications in DeltaV or other systems

  • Ability to perform PID tuning of instrumentation & control loops

  • Working knowledge of general OPC interfaces

  • Knowledge of ABB 800XA control systems (Symphony I/O, Harmony I/O)

  • Understanding of Object-Oriented languages and other programming languages.

  • Strong background in IT systems; specifically, integration of Automation systems with IT systems

  • Enterprise Networking knowledge and working knowledge of local control networks


We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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.


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Requisition ID:R185616