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Merck & Co, Inc

Vaccine Manufacturing Operations Technician | Animal Health


Animal/ Agriculture


De Soto, Kansas, 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.

Summary, Focus and Purpose

Our Manufacturing Site in De Soto, Kansas, located near Kansas City metropolitan area is a leader in manufacturing vaccines and biologics for livestock and companion animals. Leveraging an experienced and innovative team environment, the key technologies at the site are found within the vaccine and antigen production teams following fermentation and cell culture, processes.

We are hiring Technicians within various teams and processes including but not limited to Cell Culture, Downstream Processing, Fermentation, Single-use Bioreactor Processing, Blending, Sterile Filling and Media Preparation. The hiring team will evaluate your skills to determine where you can make the greatest positive impact.

Required Education:

  • High School diploma or equivalent with three years applicable work or military experience ; OR

  • Associate degree, equivalent, or higher in a Science or Engineering related discipline

Required Experience:

  • Strong knowledge of Good Manufacturing Practices demonstrated within applicable manufacturing environment

  • Efficient and effective attention to detail, achieve a consistent error-free implementation of daily job assignments and complete documentation using Good Documentation Practices and be able to identify opportunities for process improvement and employ basic problem-solving skill

  • Principled verbal and written communications

  • Follow and comply with Manufacturing Directions, Standard Operating Procedures, Company/Corporate/Regulatory Policies

  • Demonstrate basic skills in effective time management to meet given deadlines and complete basic laboratory procedures

  • Ability to work effectively with team members and show initiative to assist others on the team

  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel

Preferred Experience:

  • Degree in Microbiology, Biotechnology, Immunology or similar

  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment and using large scale filtration and separation techniques

  • Knowledge of aseptic processes used in manufacturing

  • Experience using quality improvement tools and continuous improvement processes and site quality metrics

  • Knowledge of system-controlled material usage through ERP environments such as SAP

Work Schedules:

  • Monday to Friday 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM; OR

  • Monday to Friday 10:30 AM - 7:00 PM

  • Four day and ten hour work week where applicable

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted 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.

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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Employee Status:



No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R216076