Principal Scientist, Sterile Liquids Commercialization Job

West Point, PA, US
March 16 2017
Organization Type
Principal Scientist, Sterile Liquids Commercialization-PRO015402


Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company – one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual 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.

The Sterile Liquids Commercialization (SLC) group, based out of West Point PA, is responsible for product development, process scaleup, technology transfer, registration support, and launch support for Merck’s sterile drug products. The group is responsible for late stage development of formulation/filling processes for sterile pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and biologics. The group also supports life cycle management for Merck’s inline sterile products.

Reporting to an Executive Director in SLC, responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to the following:

- Accountable for the performance and results of multiple project teams responsible for the late stage development and commercialization of sterile drug products

- Applies expertise in sterile drug product across projects to optimize efficiency, and to create and leverage best practices

- Ensures project results meet requirements related to science, quality, reliability, schedule, and cost. Reallocates people and budget within and between projects on an ongoing basis, so as to optimize business results.

- Recognized as a technical expert and significant scientific contributor. Has a mastery of scientific/technical concepts and techniques, applies and furthers those concepts and techniques in pursuit of resolving scientific/technical issues.

- Applies technical and functional knowledge to design experiments that contribute to overall direction of department/discipline.

- Uses advanced experience gained on scientific/technical issues to guide others to address nonroutine and/or difficult issues.

- Serves as a resource for scientific knowledge and technical training to expand the scientific knowledge base and technical capabilities of others.

- Serve on crossfunctional teams and support strategic initiatives

- Supports due diligence and business development opportunities

- Potentially manages a small group of individual contributors (professional and contract employees).

- Provides technical oversight and strategic guidance to employees. Coaches employees on long term career development/leadership capabilities.

- Sustains a culture that promotes employee development through developmental assignments and training.

- Creates opportunities for others and delegates responsibility to the lowest appropriate level.

- Travel to research and manufacturing sites as required



- Doctorate degree in Engineering or related discipline and eight or more years of directly related experience in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company.

- Master's degree in Engineering or related discipline and ten or more years of directly related experience in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company.

- Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related discipline and twelve or more years of directly related experience in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company


- Working knowledge of cGMP for the manufacture of sterile dosage forms.

- Experience in Design of Experiment (DoE) and statistical data analysis.

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

- Experience in applying Quality by Design to process development.

- Experience in authoring and reviewing CMC regulatory documentation.

- Analytical problem solving skills.

- Compliance excellence on safety and quality.

- Experience/certification in lean six sigma.

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Job: Process Engineering

Job Title:Prin. Scientist, Engineering

Primary Location: NA-US-PA-West Point

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): N/A

Company Trade Name:Merck