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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Specialist Operations


Security Operations


Rahway, New Jersey, United States

Job Description

The Small Scale Organics (SSO) Pilot Plant is a GMP manufacturing facility in the Small Molecule Process Research and Development (SMPR&D) organization. The pilot plant’s mission is to serve as the preferred site for the first demonstration of small molecule manufacturing processes, methods & technologies, as well as SMPR&D’s internal node for small molecule drug substance clinical manufacture. This mission enables gain of critical internal experience with scale-up of manufacturing GMP steps, demonstration of new manufacturing technology/processes, training opportunities for improved manufacturing process development and seamless technology transfer to commercial sites.

The SSO Operations Specialist will provide hands on assistance for daily production activities while ensuring compliance with Safety, GMP, and Environmental requirements to meet SSO objectives and customer requirements. The position is responsible for implementing actions to meet S&E and GMP requirements. This position is also responsible for ensuring facility readiness for API processing and shares accountability for the building performance. Ultimately, this position is expected to work cooperatively with the SSO leadership team and SSO partners to drive overall success and performance of the building, and ultimately strong support for the overall SMPR&D pipeline.


  • Under the scientific direction of a team lead, the Operations Specialist will participate in the planning and execution of equipment setups and batch processing at a pilot scale, capture process knowledge, and troubleshoot equipment with the aim advancing process development, aiding technology development and supplying API for clinical use and drug product development. This will involve handling of a variety of reagents, solvents and active pharmaceutical ingredients during “wet chemistry” operations (performing chemical reactions, crystallizations, distillations, etc.) as well as dry powder processing (e.g., dry milling).

  • Ensure processes are run within the capability constraints of the facility.

  • Ensure facility readiness with respect to cleaning (including documentation and execution), dummy run and batch execution, building housekeeping, and consumable inventory.

  • Provide input for incident root cause analysis, reporting, and action items.

  • Facilitate and drive building improvement projects and corrective/preventative action closures.

  • Provide input on process setups.

  • Provide regular feedback (both constructive and positive) to peers to promote a continuous improvement mindset.

  • Collaborate with all building staff to share and align on best practices.

  • Actively investigate problem statements and safety observation reports (SORs) to promote fast and efficient closure.

  • Understand High Risk Work.

  • Identify opportunities to improve building flexibility, efficiency, compliance, and safety.

  • Author lessons learnt and summary reports to capture knowledge

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in a relevant technical field.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Strong communication skills to discuss technical problems and a collaborative mindset to interface with cross-functional teams.

  • A strong mechanical aptitude.

  • Proficiency in technical writing and the use of word processing, spreadsheet, graphing, and presentation software.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Understanding of/Experience with process scale-up of chemical processes, moving from the laboratory to the pilot scale.

  • Lean Six Sigma Training / Certification.

  • Operations experience.

  • Familiarity with the administration of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), Good Documentation Practices (GDPs), and Safety & Environmental regulations as it pertains to pharmaceutical development.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we “follow the science” that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. We believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

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.


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Expected salary range:

$54,000.00 - $91,600.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here.

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Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:



1st - Day, 2nd - Evening

Valid Driving License:


Hazardous Material(s):


Requisition ID:R198731