Executive Director, Engineering, Head of Steriles Liquid Commercialization Job

West Point, PA, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: CHE005573

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. 


The Sterile Liquids Commercialization (SLC) group, based out of West Point PA, is responsible for sterile product development, process scale-up, technology transfer, registration support, and launch support for Merck’s large-and-small molecule 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 the Vice President of “Global Vaccines and Biologics Commercialization” function within the “Biologics, Therapeutic Proteins and Steriles” Operating unit in the Merck Manufacturing Division, responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ability to lead large and diverse organizations to deliver on aligned business outcomes

  • Ability to lead, coach and influence within ambiguous situations to provide clarity of vision and flawlessness in execution

  • Serve as a functional leader on cross functional management and leadership teams

  • Fosters a culture of end-to-end mindset within the CMC space.

  • Drives accountability and adherence to business metrics across all levels of the organization

  • 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 leader in the field of expertise. 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 deliver a robust CMC package. Uses advanced experience gained on scientific/technical issues to guide others to address non-routine 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.

  • Supports due diligence and business development opportunities

  • 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



Education Requirement:

  • Required:  M.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related field

  • Preferred:  Ph.D. in Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related field


  • M.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related field

  • 15+ years of relevant management and leadership experience in drug product commercialization for large molecules


  • Ph.D. in Biology, Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related field

  • 20+ years of relevant management and leadership experience in drug product commercialization for large molecules




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. 


If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.


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