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Merck & Co, Inc

Senior Operations Technician - Vaccine Manufacturing :Durham, NC -Old Oxford ( MERCUSR182404ENUS)

Operations

Security Operations

Yearly

No

Durham, North Carolina, United States

Job Description

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.

In April 2020, our Company announced plans to consolidate our New Jersey campuses into a single New Jersey headquarters location in Rahway, NJ by 2023. Therefore, this role will be temporarily based in a and exact timing of the departmental move to Rahway, NJ will be communicated at a future date.

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 Maurice R. Hilleman Center for Vaccine Manufacturing is located in Durham, NC. This state-of-the-art facility established in 2004, manufactures our Company lifesaving vaccines in bulk and finished forms. Due to the importance of this facility in our Company Vaccine Manufacturing network, the facility has seen rapid growth in production volumes and new employees over the last several years; currently Durham employs 1,000+ people.

Durham’s Senior Technician, Operations will be an energetic leader with strong interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills responsible for supporting the manufacturing process. Individual will possess the ability to lead a small team, train others and contribute to process improvements.

This position will support the vaccine drug substance site readiness, commissioning and qualification through licensure and ramp up to full production. This position will support all Operations areas, including Purification and Fermentation. Off-shift and weekend coverage will be required based on business unit needs and specific assignments.

Responsibilities may include but are not limited to;

  • Support operations production through start-up and commissioning and qualification through licensure and ramp up.

  • Participate in document design activities working alongside operations team members to develop reliable, consistent manufacturing processes that meet cGMP requirements.

  • Promote a culture of visibility and accuracy of the project schedule and update dashboards accordingly to highlight project status to critical milestones.

  • Working in conjunction with all appropriate personnel, performs manual and automated operations, general maintenance and support functions necessary for the production.

  • Provides and/or authors all documentation and clerical functions necessary to allow proper accountability and traceability of product.

  • Maintains, inventories, and transports all required equipment, materials, supplies and products. Ensures shipment criteria and timely availability and delivery.

  • Performs general maintenance and assists or ability in troubleshooting of equipment independently

  • Performs sampling/in-process testing supporting the manufacturing and validation process for current process

  • Provides timely delivery of sample and other materials as required to appropriate laboratories, coordinating with Quality and Logistics as required.

  • Performs housekeeping in all work areas. Executes facility decontamination according to procedures. Maintains, cleans and prepares equipment used in production.

  • Identifies and addresses compliance, environmental, safety, and process deviations as appropriate while notifying appropriate personnel.

  • Serves on safety, quality and other committees as required.

  • Actively participate on cross-functional manufacturing teams to advance projects goals and deliverables related to the vaccine process.

  • Attends and actively participates in HAZOPS, waste walkthroughs, 5S, kaizen events, or any other operations, lean six-sigma, quality, safety or environmental training/initiatives as required.

  • Self-motivated to maintain own training status and ability to train others.

  • Works independently, Trains others, and ability to trouble shoot, Subject Matter Expert in automated systems (SAP, MES, DeltaV).

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • High School Diploma/GED or higher

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 3 year's relevant work experience in GMP environment

  • Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills

  • Must be willing and able to lift 50 lbs and work on elevated platforms

  • Must be willing to work 12-hour shifts, including evenings (7pm - 7am)

  • Must be willing to work a rotating 2-2-3 schedule (2 days on, 2 days off, 3 days on) which may include weekends

Shift:

1st Shift

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated 1-2 years of leadership experience

  • Minimum Associates Degree in science or related field

  • Applicable mechanical and project management experience

  • Proficiency with automated systems (MES, SAP, DeltaV)

  • Experience training others and/or leading hands-on or instructor-led training

  • Experience with on-the-floor cGMP manufacturing and familiarity with regulatory requirements

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a part of a team

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals 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., 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.

NOTICE FOR INTERNAL APPLICANTS

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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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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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company. No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails.

Employee Status:

Regular

Relocation:

No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:

No

Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Shift:

1st - Day

Valid Driving License:

Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings:

6

Requisition ID:R182404