Technician, Operations USA - North Carolina - Durham (Old Oxford)
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.
This role is within a capital project start-up in Durham, North Carolina. The new facility will include end-to-end processing of drug substance, drug product, including biotech culture growth, harvest, lyophilization, product inspection, utilities, and warehouse. This position will be a part of the Drug Product team, focusing on product filling and lyophilization. The position will initially be Mon-Fri, day shift, transitioning to second shift as required when operations starts, expected in 2023.
Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity, and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement, and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.
Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
Supports project team as operations expert through start-up, commissioning, qualification through licensure and ramp up of facility.
Author, review, and/or edit operations and technical documentation (Batch Records, SOPs, Job Aides, training, and engineering documents) to support project and future operations.
Identifies and addresses compliance, environmental, safety, and process deviations as appropriate while coordinating with appropriate personnel.
Actively participate in team meetings HAZOPS, waste walkthroughs, 5S, kaizen events, or any other operations, lean six-sigma, quality, safety or environmental training/initiatives as required.
Competent execution and ownership to meet production targets for area within responsibility including:
Attending and escalation of concerns or needs at daily huddles and as needed
Cleaning, setup, operation and troubleshooting of equipment and facilities
Maintenance and transportation of consumable and material inventories
Maintenance of excellent recordkeeping and housekeeping
Drives culture of continuous improvement. Implements and raises ideas to increase success of group
Participates on and/or performs activities to support technical and OPEX functions such as Kaizen events, ad-hoc sampling, or protocol execution.
Maintains detailed knowledge of equipment and processes.
Identifies and addresses compliance, environmental, safety, and process deviations as appropriate while notifying appropriate personnel.
Education Minimum Requirement:
High School Diploma/GED or higher
Required Experience and Skills:
At least one (1) year GMP manufacturing/processing experience
Demonstrated written and verbal communications skills
Must be able to successfully pass and maintain aseptic gowning qualifications. Aseptic gowning requires that all skin and hair be covered through wearing the following: beard/mustache cover, hair net, hood and facemask, goggles, jumpsuit, gloves, and boots.
Computer literacy (internet browsers, e-mail, spreadsheets, word processing)
Must be willing and able to lift 50 lbs, bend, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, climb ladders, and wear a respirator
The position will initially be Mon-Fri, day shift. WIll transition to second shift as required when operations starts, expected in 2023.
Successful completion of TB titer and Chest X-ray are required.
Preferred Experience and Skills (General):
Minimum associate degree in science or related field
BioWork Certificate (working in an FDA or similar regulated industry)
Applicable mechanical and project management experience
Experience with automated systems (MES, SAP, DeltaV, or similar)
Experience with on-the-floor cGMP manufacturing and familiarity with regulatory requirements and Good Documentation Practices (GDP)
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a part of a team
The following experience is a significant advantage for a Technician supporting Drug Product operations:
Aseptic filling operations
Grade A isolator containment systems
Visual inspection of product in glass vials including manual & automated techniques
Experience with autoclaves, washers, and dry heat ovens
Up to 15% of the time
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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