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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Manufacturing Automation Engineer - Hybrid

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

Position Description:

Senior Manufacturing Automation Engineer - Hybrid

The Senior Manufacturing Automation Engineer is responsible for day-to-day operations support activities for process control systems in a vaccine manufacturing facility. the Senior engineer will be the lead engineer of a small team of 2-3 engineers providing day-to-day coordination of tasks, serving as the first point of escalation for the area, and acting as the primary automation change control approver.

The automation technologies may include but are not limited to the following technologies: Distributed Control Systems (Delta V), Programmable Logic Controllers (Allen Bradley), OEM systems to include Washers, Autoclaves, Filter Integrity Testers, and purified water systems (WFI/Clean Steam).

Key Functions

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

  • Understand and support all GMPs, safety, and environmental regulations

  • System upgrades, troubleshooting issues, identifying trends, process monitoring, system administration, documentation updates, data querying, operator training and participating in deviation investigations

  • Ensure automation documents, preventive maintenance, periodic reviews, and SOPs are in an inspection-ready state

  • Support process automation inquiries during internal and external audits/inspections and must, therefore, be able to speak knowledgeably about automation, process and cGMP details of the manufacturing operations

  • Evaluate automated and information technology systems and develop strategies to optimize and ensure the quality and stability of automation systems through future expansion, replacement, or upgrade

  • Use their technical knowledge to assure the efficient operation of a variety of automated processing and information technology systems

  • Lead in installation and qualification of new equipment into operations

  • Develop solutions for automation problems

  • Participate and contribute to investigations of automation anomalies to prevent a recurrence, which includes on-the-floor support of manufacturing activities

  • Lead in the development of technical requirements, keeping in mind the associated technology needs, benefits, and risks

  • Analyze complex business requirements using tools and techniques and identifies internal/external solutions to meet these requirements

  • Lead in developing control strategies and applying computerized tools that will deliver tangible improvements to overall production unit performance

  • Communicate daily with the business, technical, and quality representatives within the area of support through the tier process

  • Provide off-site weekend/evening automation phone or on-site support on a rotational basis

  • Familiar with lean manufacturing principles with an ability to convert business logic and requirements into detailed system requirements

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor degree in Engineering, Science, Information Technology or other relevant discipline

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Six years in process automation or equivalent

  • Experience in Automation Platforms such as DCS's (DeltaV), PLCs (Allen Bradley, Siemens), SCADA, OSI PI, Batch Reporting (Informetric Info Batch)

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience with Computer System Validation



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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.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

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Requisition ID:R270560