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Merck & Co, Inc

Associate Specialist | Manufacturing Operations Support


Security Operations


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.

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Associate Specialist | Manufacturing Operations Support that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

Summary, Focus and Purpose

We are recruiting for an Associate Specialist | Manufacturing Operations Support position for the Cell Culture Department of our Production Operations Team. The Associate Specialist, in conjunction with the execution routine production activities, will primarily support the Team as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) representing their department in support of continuous improvement, problem solving and deviation and change management. Daily tasks will also include cell scale up, operation of fermenters, bioreactors and pressurized vessels.

Key Functions

Employee Development & Leadership

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

  • Models Company leadership principles and inclusive behaviors

  • Provides coaching and supports skills development and process capabilities within their team

  • Supports effective feedback and coaching within the team during the Performance Management cycle

  • Providing appropriate task-based training

Safety Compliance

  • Demonstrates a strong compliance mind-set (EHS and Quality) and continuously sets a high standard for themselves and others

  • Follows safe operating instructions for all tasks and equipment

  • Ensures that the right tools and equipment specified for the task are available and utilized

  • Ensures that the correct personal protective equipment required is available and utilized

  • Follow up any reported defects or workplace hazards immediately

  • Report all accidents, incidents and near misses within 24 hours and to participate in investigation and identification of effective corrective and preventative actions

Quality Compliance

  • On-time completion of Quality compliance tasks in relation to Deviation, CAPA and Change Control management.

  • Quality Assurance including cGMP, RFT and good documentation practices and provides coaching to others.

  • Change Manager and Stakeholder for change management activities within Production.

  • Supports the update, review and approval of GMP documentation including, but not limited to: SOP’s | MD’s | Qualification Protocols | New product/product transfer documentation

Productivity and Financial

  • Supports the Daily, Weekly and Monthly schedule adherence of production activities within their department

  • Build and maintain strong collaborations with different stakeholders throughout the Site Operations such as BTS, Engineering, Quality and R&D

  • Supports the Manufacturing Operations Teams in creating a culture of continuous improvement and leads by example

  • Represents Manufacturing Operations in the execution of the project portfolio and improvement initiatives

  • Supports initiatives for stabilizing and improving production processes

  • Assures effective application of Lean Six Sigma, Project Management and Change Management Tools

  • Supports Manufacturing Operations key productivity metrics by investigating and solving operations issues with appropriate techniques and skills

  • Contributing to a data driven decision making process and visualizing problems, progress and results

  • Recognizes and investigates opportunities for financial savings

Education Requirements

  • Required | High School Diploma with three years in a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing role

  • Preferred | BSc Degree in a relevant scientific discipline with three years in a Pharmaceutical Manufacturing role

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.


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No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

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Requisition ID:R223781