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Merck & Co, Inc

Specialist Manufacturing Automation ( MERCUSR157154ENUS)

Manufacturing and Production

Manufacturing Engineer



Elkton, Virginia, United States

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

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.

At our Company Manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have a Manufacturing Automation Engineer position available. The successful candidate is primarily accountable for DeltaV upgrades associated with Lifecycle Management and Compliance. They will also develop the standards associated with these upgrades, and work with the automation team to ensure that standards, information, and best practices are published and available. The Engineer will also direct the Automation DeltaV team.

Tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Provide automation sponsorship for DeltaV upgrades associated with Lifecycle Management and Compliance

  • Work with the Automation DeltaV Team to develop best practices and standards

  • Administer, create, and expand the site’s training DeltaV environments

  • Guide development of the automation DeltaV training program at our Company’s Elkton campus for automaton engineers

  • Provide training and serve as a mentor for junior engineers

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

  • Assist with complex troubleshooting and design issues

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

  • Assist in the development and review and approval of department SOPs and other site GMP SOPs related to automation and digital activities and adheres to established quality


Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Minimum of three years knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing automation

  • Expertise with DeltaV, Allen Bradley PLCs, PanelViews and associated interfaces

  • Familiarity with OSI PI and Infobatch

  • Expertise with Data Integrity and Compliance regulatory regulations

  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with team, peers and area guides both locally and across multiple sites and divisional teams

  • Strong comprehension of manufacturing standards/ processes and ability to translate manufacturing and business needs into Automation/digital solution

Preferred knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge of GAMP standard

  • Lean Six Sigma comprehension

Working Relationships

  • Reports to the Associate Director Manufacturing Automation

  • Interacts with employees within own department, business stakeholders, and enterprise sponsored personnel

  • Interacts with representatives from regulatory agencies and external suppliers

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., 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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US and Puerto Rico Residents Only:

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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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No relocation

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Requisition ID:R157154