Associate Director, Device Quality (Medical Devices) Job

West Point, PA, US
October 12 2017
Organization Type
Requisition ID: QUA006198

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. 

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.

Reporting to the Director, Medical Device and Combination Product (MDCP) Quality, the incumbent will be responsible for independent support of development and commercialization of Medical Devices including the device constituent part of Combination Products. This position will interact with cross functional teams working with all levels of employees. Activities will include developing, documenting, and review of documentation to ensure compliance with applicable Medical Device Regulations and internal Merck requirements.

In addition, the MDCP Quality Associate Director is responsible for program planning and execution of MDCP projects.

Primary Responsibilities Include:
•Providing guidance on medical device design controls requirements to product development teams and cross functional team members.
•Contribute towards the development of retrospective and prospective Design History Files
•Support development of Device Risk Management as needed.
•Participates on Merck teams supporting MDCP CGMP and quality issues related to pure medical devices and the device constituent of a combination product.
•Works with the External and Internal Partners to ensure that effective and robust MDCP Quality Systems and Quality management are in place.
•Provides proactive support in training and coaching assigned sites to initiate quality improvements within Development, Operations and Quality.
•Audits and approves DHF (design history file) documentation for applicable regulatory filings, clinical supply, development and design transfer qualification. Ensure compliance with regulatory and Merck requirements. Evaluate deficiencies and assess impact on compliance status.
•Contributes to developing/revising policy and procedures for MDCP Quality and /or supported areas as needed.
•Supports preparations for regulatory agency inspections with focus on relevant MDCP regulations and Quality system requirements.
•Remains informed of current GMP requirements and industry trends as described in worldwide regulations and industry standards.


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. 


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in (Science or
    Engineering or associated fields) with a minimum of 6 years related experience
    OR a Master’s degree (Science or Engineering or associated fields) and 4 years
    related experience OR a Ph.D. (Science or Engineering or associated fields) and 2 years of related experience. Advanced degrees may be used reduce required

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Led and managed development of DHF
    (design history file) deliverables for medical devices. 
  • Extensive knowledge of applicable
    medical device regulations (21CFR820, MDD, ISO 13485)
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively
    in teams. 
  • Effective interpersonal skills and
    ability to work collaboratively across diverse teams and networks; able to foster
    cooperation in others. 
  • Risk Management Experience (ISO 14971:2012)
  • Ability to work in a matrix
  • Effective written and oral
  • Able to apply prior experiences and
    learning in new settings, even if these are unfamiliar.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Remediation experience is desired.
  • Knowledge of current GMPs for
    combination products. 
  • QA/Regulatory Affairs Experience is
  • ASQ (American Society for Quality) certifications are preferred.


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