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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Specialist, Manufacturing Automation

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer



Durham, North Carolina, 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 Associate Specialist is a member of the Laboratory Automation team responsible for the assigned process control systems in support of laboratory operations located in Durham, NC. The Manufacturing Automation Associate Specialist responsibilities include supporting computer system validation, implementing process control and data collection, and troubleshooting in compliance with SDLC, cGMP, safety, and environmental regulations. The Manufacturing Automation Associate Specialist must actively support, participate, and embrace an empowered team culture including significant interaction with manufacturing, quality, IT, and engineering groups. This role supports a large spectrum of sophisticated automated systems within Laboratory Operations; providing multiple opportunities to learn new automation technologies and make a positive impact.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs routine assignments in the entry level of a professional role

  • Learns and supports all Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), safety, and environmental regulations. Review automation documents, preventive maintenance, and SOPs to ensure compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices and safety.

  • Technical leadership for the assigned area and system(s) to ensure a compliant, reliable supply of product and on time project execution and system delivery.

  • Provide technical guidance/support including authoring or review of system qualification documents, change control, Quality Notifications (QNs), and other key automation related processes

  • Participates in audits and training programs in the area of responsibility.

  • Participates in investigations of automation incidents and problems to prevent recurrence including the development and implementation of corrective actions.

  • Evaluates automated and information technology systems and develops strategies to optimize and ensure quality and stability of automation systems through process improvement, future expansion, replacement, or upgrade.

  • Initiate and lead collaboration within the Operations, Quality and Technical organizations to resolve complex problems.

  • On-floor support of manufacturing/laboratory activities.

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • B.S., B.A., or greater preferably in Engineering, Science, or Information Technology

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience in PLCs, SCADA, laboratory equipment, PI, DCSs, MES, Batch Operations (S88/S95), IT, and OEM.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed 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., 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.


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.

New hires in office-based roles in the US & 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 collaboration 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.

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Requisition ID:R198367