Site Operations Manager - SSF Job

South San Francisco, CA, US
October 10 2017
Organization Type
Site Operations Manager - SSF-RES001979


Merck Research Laboratories South San Francisco, a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and Co., is focused on driving discovery research. Our new multi-disciplinary discovery research site offers state-of- the-art resources to explore the most promising science combined with Merck’s world-class R&D expertise in small molecules and biologics. Located within the heart of the Bay area’s biomedical community, research conducted in our new laboratories spans exploratory biology through early clinical development and is an integral part of Merck’s powerful world-class network of drug and vaccine discovery.

At Merck, we are inspired by the belief that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to scientific excellence can create medicines and vaccines that save and improve lives. Every employee is building on our proud legacy of scientific breakthrough. Our ability to impact the lives of patients worldwide depends on the integrity, creativity, humility and scientific acumen of our team. We are creating a diverse organization that is inspired by invention and founded on a culture of respect and collaboration. At Merck Research Labs South San Francisco, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills through collaboration with talented and dedicated colleagues while advancing your career.

The responsibility of the Laboratory Operations Manager is to enable efficient execution of research activities at the MRL South San Francisco Discovery site, thereby contributing to the Merck Discovery pipeline. This individual contributor, with minimal supervision, will take the lead in managing many aspects of research laboratory operations, including communication with stakeholders and support groups at the local Discovery site, as well as effectively meshing with the larger Merck stakeholder functions. Specific duties may include the following:

Execute, on behalf of MRL scientists, those non-scientific laboratory activities required to enable research, such as:

Manage stockroom operation and Point-of-Use supplies and reagents on behalf of researchers - optimize under dynamic conditions

Facilitate all capital equipment lifecycle processes within Merck financial and capital systems including onboarding, maintenance & repair, and disposition (relocation, scrap, donation)

Work with SAP ordering system for site based capital and consumable needs

Drive compliance for on-site chemical and lab reagent tracking

Enable/coordinate research material shipping, e.g. samples, reagents with other research sites and partners

Lab and office area assignment and responsibilities

Act as a resource and liaison between scientists and support groups to provide connectivity and represent the needs of the laboratory, e.g. Facility, Laboratory Services, IT , Procurement, Sourcing Operations, Finance, Environment Health and Safety, and Maintenance & Repair.

Initiate and follow-up on equipment repairs

and follow-up on Facility work orders for laboratory modifications and coordinate facility downtime with Facility support

Manage IT request support, e.g. network connections, software, hardware

Represent the laboratory on various Safety and Facility committees, supporting safety inspections and action item follow up as needed

Assist with site training as needed



- Required: B.S. in Chemistry, Biology, and/or science related field

Required Experience:

- Minimum of (5) years experience in the Pharmaceutical or Biotechnology industry

- Minimum of (3) years Hands-on Lab and Lab Equipment experience in a research lab environment

- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, InfoPath and SharePoint)

- Knowledge of current lab safety policies and procedures

Preferred Experience:

- Asset/Equipment Management experience

- Stockroom Management

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills

- Drug discovery / development processes knowledge

- Strong collaborator and cross-functional team player who must also be motivated to work independently

The quality of our team is essential to our success. We are creating a new and innovative approach to rewarding our employees and establishing a comprehensive value proposition. Our competitive compensation program and benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at

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 us all.

Merck is an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran – proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.

Job: Research Science

Job Title:Senior Scientist, Business Consulting

Primary Location: NA-US-CA-South San Francisco

Employee Status: Regular

Number of Openings: 1

Company Trade Name:Merck

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