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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Vice President, Animal Health IT Manufacturing

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer


Madison, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

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

Animal Health is shaping the future of animal well-being by leveraging industry leading science, technology and insights-driven solutions for a world with enriched pet companionship and a sustainable food supply. Our company's Animal Health IT’s mission is to deliver solutions in support of this vision operating as trusted business partners to propose, implement and operate innovative digital capabilities that drive business productivity and customer satisfaction.

The Global Animal Health Manufacturing (GAHM) IT Leader, is accountable for Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) enablement of Supply Chain and Manufacturing processes within the our company's Animal Health business unit. The successful candidate will work in partnership with Global Manufacturing, Supply Chain and support function leaders to align, prioritize and secure funding for technology enablement initiatives and to ensure technology standardization, adoption and value pull-through to meet strategic and operational business objectives.

The position has responsibility for the architecture, design, delivery and support of IT/OT technologies in alignment with ISA-95 standards. Critical areas of accountability include shop floor network and server infrastructure, internetworking, data enablement of Level 2 systems (HMI, SCADA, Batch, PLC and DCS) and configuration and support of Level 3 and 4 systems (MES, LIMS, WMS, CMM, ERP, Planning and Logistics). The successful individual will balance investments in modernization of deployed hardware and software assets over their lifecycle with the delivery of new automation capabilities in a way that maximizes of cost of goods improvements.

The successful candidate will have experience supplying technology solutions within large-scale manufacturing operations, in this case, one characterized by dozens of sites operating across 15 countries, producing over 100 billion doses of biological and pharmaceutical products annually with multi-billion dollar capital improvement and expansion programs underway.

The selected candidate will have a bias for action, transparency and communication ensuring business stakeholders are well-informed of the status, risks and remediation recommendations associated with IT/OT initiatives, and will create and maintain an accounting of key business success metrics for each initiative as part of cross-functional governance reviews of areas of accountability.

The selected candidate will be a critically important member of both the Global Animal Health IT and Global Animal Health Manufacturing senior leadership teams and will staff, develop and inspire a large team of senior leaders, employees and contractors with deep expertise in Manufacturing and Supply Chain technologies, business processes, challenges and solutions.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Development of a Global Animal Health Manufacturing IT vision and strategy fully aligned and prioritized in collaboration with business partners

  • Development of compelling business cases facilitating the acquisition of capital and operating funds to support initiative execution

  • Creation, communication and execution of capability delivery roadmaps aligned with quantified manufacturing business partner growth, quality and efficiency objectives

  • Development, delivery and support of IT/OT infrastructure and solutions to modernize, automate and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Manufacturing and Supply Chain assets and processes

  • Collaboration with Global and Divisional IT teams ensuring alignment with IT security and architectural standards and maximizing reuse of approved technology components

  • Development and delivery of site enablement tools and processes assuring rapid and effective adoption of delivered technologies

  • Measurement of and co-ownership of business value pull-through for delivered solutions

  • Design and delivery of post-installation hyper-care services to assure proper sustainment of delivered solutions

  • Identification, prototyping and evaluation of new innovations in the Manufacturing and Supply Chain space in conjunction with key business partners

  • Continuous evaluation of Digital Technology investments and plans versus changing business needs and priorities ensuring ROI maximization.

  • Effective recruitment, development and inspiration of top talent

  • Oversite and championing of a diverse and inclusive work environment where all individuals share equally in opportunities to contribute, grow, advance and thrive.


  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology/Science

  • Preferred: MS or MBA Degree

Required Experience and Skills:

  • 15 years of IT leadership with at least 5 years of senior leadership experience in a Manufacturing and Supply Chain, domain

  • Track record of successful technology modernization and automation of Manufacturing and Supply Chain sites, systems and processes

  • Proven ability to manage and prioritize global demand for technology solutions

  • Successful development and presentation of financial business cases for technology programs resulting in funding necessary to assure execution

  • Experience leading within an Agile Scrum delivery methodology

  • Successful introduction of new technologies – e.g. cloud computing, AI, machine learning

  • Demonstrable success in driving business adoption of delivered systems. Expertise leading change management/ site enablement initiatives

  • Strong program management skills. Demonstrable ability to develop and execute complex cross-functional programs against aggressive delivery timelines.

  • Proven ability to build highly effective collaborative working relationships with key internal stakeholders and external suppliers.

  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

  • Executive presence. Ability to communicate clearly and confidently with senior executives, gaining support and endorsement of large-scale enterprise-wide IT initiatives

  • Experience building, motivating, developing and mentoring highly capable diverse teams

  • Success in building, championing and maintaining a respectful, inclusive professional culture where all are equally able to succeed as their natural, authentic selves


  • Applicants must live within a one hour drive of a major airport and live in any of the following locations: Eastern and Central time zone of the US, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland or the United Kingdom.

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., 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.

For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico – Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) (“Customer-Facing Role”) who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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Requisition ID:R203605