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Merck & Co, Inc

Vaccine Manufacturing Operations Manager


Security Operations



Durham, North Carolina, 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.

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Vaccine Manufacturing Operations Manager that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

Strategic Summary

The Maurice R. Hilleman Center for Vaccine Manufacturing is located in Durham, NC. 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.

This role as a Vaccine Manufacturing Operations Manager will be an energetic, leader with strong interpersonal, leadership, and collaboration skills responsible for supporting Operational Readiness projects to support biological processes for a new manufacturing facility or currently established manufacturing facility. This role will contribute to the performance and results of a E2E drug substance/product department and provide technical guidance. Off-shift and weekend coverage will be required based on business unit needs during start up and operations, and specific assignments.

Key Responsibilities

  • First line operations supervisor with a team of individual contributor production direct reports including safety, quality, and daily operations

  • Ensure that Shift(s) objectives are achieved while reliably supplying quality product at a competitive cost consistent with our Company, Regulatory Agency, and State and Local code requirements for quality, good manufacturing practices (GMP), equal employment opportunity, finances, labor, employee, environment and safety

  • Tactical and strategic Shift(s) management, including collaboration with indirect staff

  • Promote the behaviors and principles that drive continuous improvement

  • Typically, coordinates and supervises the daily activities of individual contributors

  • Sets priorities for the team to ensure task completion; coordinates work activities with other supervisors

  • Decisions are guided by policies, procedures and business plan; receives guidance and oversight from Operations Associate Director and Director

  • Interprets client and/or customer needs and assesses requirements

  • Applies supervisory skills to improve efficiency and accomplish operational objectives within own unit

  • Identifies and resolves standard day-to-day technical and operational problems within own unit and collaborates with peers in other areas and functions

  • Sets priorities for unit to meet daily deadlines; develops plans to meet short-term objectives

  • Works within budgetary/ financial objectives set by Director

  • Makes decisions guided by policies and standard operating procedures that impact the efficiency and effectiveness of own unit

  • Compliance: Creating and sustaining a culture that ensures that compliance (Safety, Environment, cGMP, etc.) are imperatives for the business | Establishing a Right First Time culture by reducing waste and constantly driving continuous improvement | Review and approve compliance documents

  • Supply | Support Tier: Exercise judgment and decision making to ensure quality product is reliably produced while managing cost | Responsible for Shift(s) supply performance metrics (Schedule Adherence, Release on Time, Customer service performance, Product Lead Time, etc.)

  • Continuous Improvement: Developing a Company Production System and continuous improvement culture while achieving MPS Targets and business results for the Shift(s) | Develop strategic initiatives related to the manufacturing process, equipment and human resources in support of long range operating plans | Report Shift(s) monthly metrics and any action plans to address gaps to the Associate Director and/or Director | Identify, prioritize, and champion improvement initiatives to improve process efficiency, cycle time, and yield, reduce process variability, and eliminate waste

  • Financial Stewardship: Meeting the Shift(s) operating budget and continuously reducing cost | Ensure members of the Shift(s) have business acumen and understand how they may impact business finances

  • People Management: Creating and sustaining a highly engaged workforce through utilization of our Company Leadership Behaviors and Inclusion | Provide coaching on professional development and career paths | Provide timely feedback and performance evaluations for direct reports after obtaining the relevant input and evaluation | Provide feedback and input on performance evaluations for indirect staff | Support Talent Management

  • Direct, coordinate, provide guidance and counseling to group leaders to assure optimum quality and quantity of finished products

  • Keep all team members informed on current policies and procedures, and all other plant communications

  • Enforce all prescribed safety rules and regulations, and take prompt corrective action concerning potential safety hazards

  • Provide leadership in establishing and maintaining a high efficiency and productivity level from the team members, while maintaining a focus on Safety First and Quality Always

  • Identify root causes of manufacturing issues and implement corrective action to minimize downtime with a focus on Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost, in that order

  • Actively develop members to obtain maximum potential

  • Lead, support and participate in the Hoshin process and advocate for and continually strive to achieve, our Vision


  • High School Diploma and six years in a manufacturing, technical, support, or Military role. OR

  • Bachelor degree in a technical field and four years in a manufacturing, technical, support, or Military role OR

  • Bachelor degree with two years of experience in a direct GMP, biotechnology, manufacturing setting


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

  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and coordinate people/resources to meet a production schedule.

  • Strategic and effective interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to develop and lead others | Be flexible and understand risk

  • Continuous improvement | Conflict resolution

  • Leadership: Adaptive | High Performance Coaching | Servant Leader


  • Demonstrated knowledge of MPS/Lean

  • Pharmaceutical Substance/Product start-up experience

  • Demonstrated experience of interacting with site, divisional or regulatory audits

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., 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.

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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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Requisition ID:R185579