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Merck & Co, Inc

2024 University Recruiting - Technical Operations Rotational Program


Security Operations


West Point, Pennsylvania, United States

Job Description

The Technical Operations Associate Engineering Specialist is responsible for providing technical and operational support to the vaccine manufacturing area while actively supporting, participating in, and embracing an empowered team culture. This position directly impacts our Company's largest and most complex vaccine manufacturing site and offers numerous technical and collaborative opportunities.

The successful candidate will be part of the Technical Operations Rotational Program and have three one-year assignments all located at the West Point, PA site. At least one assignment will be in Deviation Management and the others could be Validation, Process Engineering, Project and Change Management, Automation, or Vision Inspection. In addition, in the third rotation there can be an opportunity to work in either an operations or technical operations role to further develop her/his knowledge of the vaccine manufacturing business as well as help position them for future career growth. Both the initial assignment and future rotational opportunities can include off-shift/off-schedule support within a vaccine manufacturing operations area.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contributes to the performance and results of a vaccine manufacturing department

  • Provides technical guidance

Business and Functional Expertise:

  • Applies technical skills to align activities with department objectives

  • Works as a team member on manufacturing investigations, change control activities, validation activities and/or process improvement projects

  • Examines issues from diverse perspectives (safety, compliance, automation, equipment, process, and people) to best understand and resolve root cause

  • Assures consistent application of standardized work, engineering and process tools, and procedures

  • Assists with and may lead experimental protocols as needed using the Technical Operations lab facilities and/or production equipment at full scale

  • Authors and updates technical and manufacturing documents necessary for investigations, process design/definition, engineering studies, process demonstrations, change control, and validation

  • Participate in regulatory inspection activities for the facility

  • Effectively collaborates with equipment vendors, peers at West Point, and peers above site

  • Innovates within area by initiating/leading both business and technical process improvements

  • During potential rotation within operations, routinely interact with shop floor personnel to successfully execute vaccine manufacturing production plans as well as develop and implement continuous improvements on the production floor

Required Education and Skills:

  • Candidates must have a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or Sciences by July 2024

  • Candidates must be able to work independently and as a team member with integrity, precision, attention to detail, motivation, and respect

  • Candidates must have communication, leadership, and teamwork skills

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Candidates should have experience in biologics, vaccine, or bulk sterile manufacturing

  • Candidates should have Lean Six Sigma tools

  • Candidates should have experience using data analytics, programming, and/or automation tools

  • Candidates should have the capability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, including leading small projects


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.




Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R258761