Associate Director, Engineering (Technical Vendor Change Management) Job

Elkton, VA, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: CHE005587

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. 


At Merck’s Manufacturing Facility in Elkton, Virginia we currently have an Associate Director position available. This subject matter expert will manage a small team of scientists / engineers / analysts that have primary responsibility to manage all vendor / component / raw material changes to support vaccines, biologics, antibiotic and API manufacturing at the site.


The successful candidate will have the following job responsibilities:

  • Manage a small team of scientists / engineers / analysts while also performing as the technical subject matter expert for vendor change control.

  • Serve as site Subject Matter Expert for Single-Use / Disposable Process Components

  • Serve as site Subject Matter Expert / QMS Sub-System Owner for Filter Validation

  • Serve as Site Liaison to the Merck Single Use Network

  • Support / consult / lead vendor and raw material product quality investigations for the site and across the Merck network

  • Employ strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Manage, coach and develop team members

  • Write and review technical documents

  • Maintain excellence of compliance with safety, environmental and GMP regulations



    • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or a related science / engineering discipline and a minimum of 10 years’ experience in an industrial setting


    • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or a related science / engineering discipline and a minimum of 15 years’ experience in an industrial setting


    • Expertise in Change Management / Trackwise

    • Experience leading and performing complex technical investigations

    • Experience with Filtration, Single-use Components and Raw Materials

    • Technical Operations, Quality or Operations experience at least two of the following modalities: Large Molecule / Biologics, API, Sterile Filling, or Vaccine manufacturing.


    • Customer Service Mindset

    • Merck (or other recognized) Six-Sigma Green or Black Belt

    • Self-directed / motivated team player


      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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