Principal Scientist, Pharmaceutical Commercialization Technology Job

Rahway, NJ, US
August 24 2017
Organization Type
Principal Scientist, Pharmaceutical Commercialization Technology-PRO015996


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. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.

In Pharmaceutical Commercialization Technology (PCT), our mission is to develop robust pharmaceutical manufacturing processes and supply chains that deliver value to our patients. We achieve this mission with a mindset towards innovation and a commitment to safety and quality.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual who is looking for an opportunity to provide a high degree of impact and influence in a fast-paced, yet collaborative environment. As a project leader, the candidate will have primary functional accountability within PCT for oversight and direction of all aspects of product development and optimization for multiple assigned development projects, as well as integration of clinical supply and regulatory plans with overall project timelines and deliverables. Project accountability can range from early-stage clinical support, through late stage clinical development, process performance qualification, and initial market launch.

With oversight from a PCT Director, the candidate may also independently lead and manage a small group of technical professionals as direct reports and use his/her expertise and capability to influence and coach those around him/her on technical and leadership elements. He or she must have strong interpersonal skills and a sharp customer focus to integrate with internal and external partners while exhibiting leadership behaviors.

Technical Scope

Demonstrates wide depth and breadth in all aspects of pharmaceutical development, including standard and enabled formulations and processes, characterization techniques, experimental data analysis and modeling, including statistical and first-principle approaches.

Acts as Subject Matter Expert (SME) in multiple technical areas in order to efficiently solve problems using appropriate tools and prior knowledge. Is recognized outside the company as an SME in a subset of these areas through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations. Stays abreast of new developments in focus areas through review of conference proceedings and technical publications.

Guides and challenges staff in pursuit of resolving product development issues in the lab, pilot plant, and manufacturing facilities.

Leverages experience to anticipate problems and champions the application of cutting-edge techniques in the resolution of complex technical challenges.

Science with a Strategic Business Focus

Influences departmental strategy and tactics and is a recognized leader in technology development and innovation.

Leads application of Quality by Design development in regulatory filings, with an emphasis on process robustness and flexibility with business benefits using enhanced and traditional control strategies.

Develops and implements plans to identify and prioritize project needs and risks and makes sound and timely decisions while integrating input from stakeholders.

Champions departmental initiatives to improve business outcomes across CMC development groups.

May provide functional representation and support on teams that are responsible for managing program activities within Global Pharmaceutical Operations.

Acts as a liaison to external industry, academic and regulatory forums, gathering technical business intelligence and influencing regulatory direction to further the scientific goals of the company.

Culture and interactions with others:

Coaches and guides staff to model leader behaviors and to generate and execute development plans to enable colleagues to reach their full potential. Staffs and builds high performance teams.

Proactively reviews performance, seeks feedback from managers, stakeholders and peers, and provides timely feedback to others.

Influences stakeholders and drives the generation and dissemination of pharmaceutical development best practices throughout the department and peer groups.

Communicates clearly and effectively as a leader, sharing information appropriately to enable high performance.

- Promotes a positive culture within PCT and demonstrates strong collaboration with partner groups.



- Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related engineering/scientific discipline required.


- Minimum of BS/MS + 13 years OR PhD + 8 years of experience of experience in solid dosage drug product development, or other related area

- Demonstrated experience in coaching and developing junior staff


- Advanced degree advantageous.

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life.

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Job: Process Engineering

Job Title:Prin. Scientist, Engineering

Primary Location: NA-US-NJ-Rahway

Employee Status: Regular

Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time

Number of Openings: 1

Shift (if applicable): N/A

Hazardous Materials: Active pharmaceutical ingredients and excipients

Company Trade Name:Merck

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