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Merck & Co, Inc

Operations Manager


Security Operations


Elkton, Virginia, 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.

Position Description:

A part of our Company's Manufacturing Division, Elkton’s Operations team is seeking a highly motivated individuals at a Manager level to provide tactical and strategic management of Operations at the site. The successful candidate will support Operations in either Vaccine or Antibiotic production. This is an excellent opportunity if you are looking to build or expand your career in Manufacturing. As a Manager you will be given the opportunity to challenge and grow your talents through progressive on the job training and development of interpersonal and leadership skills to overcome difficult situations and solve technical problems. Our Manager positions support various manufacturing operations such as sterile pharmaceutical bulk, sterile filling, vaccines, biologics and organic synthesis. Responsibilities include overall production execution, management of unionized hourly workforce, and identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives.

Shifts include working Day, Night, Weekends and Rotating shifts.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage unionized employee performance along with tactical operator/maintenance work for the day to ensure completion of work assignments. Facilitate start up meetings

  • Ensure safety on shop floor (interface with Enablon) - including crisis management.
    Assist Maintenance in restoring systems to Operations

  • Initiate Enablon's, ensure Enablon’s are closed on time and complete CAPAs on time

  • Compliance management (documentation/housekeeping): Driving improvements to documentation and housekeeping systems as the "champion"

  • Review shop floor documentation during shift review (batch sheets, forms and logbooks)

  • Lead housekeeping audits with cross functional teams including operators

  • Union Relations - identify staffing needs based on call-out and manage first step grievances

  • Review and approve SOPs, forms and batch sheets to ensure accuracy from an operability perspective

  • People development – ensure compliance with training standards and adherence to training plan. Attend Union Training Meetings.

  • People management – complete time/attendance approval and ensure payroll accuracy

  • Respond to Powerhouse calls and manage critical BAS alarms

Minimum Required Education, Experience and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with either:

    • Four (4) years of relevant experience in manufacturing or military service


  • Two (2) years’ experience in a direct GMP, biotechnology manufacturing setting with demonstrated leadership skills


  • High School Diploma/GED with six (6) years of relevant experience in manufacturing or military service


  • Willing and able to work off-shifts and weekends as needed.


  • Successful completion of the Select Assessment® for Leader Development (SALD)

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Leadership and interpersonal skills to motivate direct reports and peers to excel and "own" the process

  • Flexibility to perform various tasks to support the business.

  • Lean, Six Sigma problem solving skills coupled with a continuous improvement mindset

  • Ability to prioritize, focus on and obtain business results

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

  • Technical writing experience related to procedures and investigations

  • Delta V and SAP experience

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to be 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.

For positions located in the United States and Puerto Rico – Subject to applicable law, all new hires (including internal transfers) must demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement. New hires (including internal transfers) to a position that, as determined by the Company, requires routine collaboration with external stakeholders (such as roles in health services or customer-facing commercial or research-based roles) (“Customer-Facing Role”) who are not vaccinated must qualify for a medical or religious exemption and be in a position that the Company determines can accommodate unvaccinated employees without causing an undue burden to business operations. If, following dialog with the candidate as appropriate, it is determined that the candidate either a) does not qualify for a religious or medical exemption or, b) for candidates applying for Customer-Facing roles, it is determined that allowing the candidate to work without vaccination would cause an undue burden to the Company, the candidate will be ineligible for hire or transfer, or any offer of employment or transfer (if applicable) will be revoked. Please note that notwithstanding the approval of any reasonable accommodation, the Company reserves the right to monitor, modify, or revoke any such accommodation if it is determined, following dialog with the employee, that the accommodation is no longer effective or results in an undue burden to the Company.

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Requisition ID:R207081