Sr. Specialist, Manufacturing Automation

Durham, NC, US
March 30 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: MAN005096

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 125-year legacy. 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.

Under the supervision of the Automation Lead for the process area, is responsible for providing technical support in the field of automation. Responsible for resolution of severe automation problems, implementation of process control, data collection techniques, and troubleshooting in compliance with SLC, GMP, safety, and environmental regulations. Actively support, participate and embrace an empowered team culture including significant interaction with manufacturing, quality and engineering groups. Supports a large spectrum of sophisticated automated systems within Manufacturing Operations; providing multiple opportunities to learn new automation technologies and make a positive impact. Provides direct support to Automation Lead including leading cross functional teams and providing direct guidance to the Automation team. Also provides technical coverage on automated systems.
Primary Activities include, but are not limited to:
  • Understands and supports all GMPs, safety, and environmental regulations. Reviews automation documents, preventive maintenance, and SOPs to ensure compliance with GMP and safety. 
  • Leads investigations of automation incidents and problems to prevent recurrence including the development and implementation of corrective actions.
  • Evaluates automated and information technology systems, and develops strategies to optimize and ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansion, replacement, or upgrade. 
  • Assists in the Automation Lead in the training, development, motivation, and assignments for employees within the Automation within the framework of company policies. 
  • Coordinates projects with staff group for timely implementation. 
  • Uses technical knowledge to assure the efficient operation of variety of automated processing and information technology systems. Leads in installing and placing new equipment into operations. Develops solutions for automation problems. Prepares automation cost information to support profit plan. Responsible for control of automation charges to budget. 
  • Participates in audits and training programs in the area of responsibility. 
  • Project coordination leadership and implementation of troubleshooting activities and change control. 
  • Initiate and lead collaboration within the Operations, Quality and Technical organizations to resolve complex problems. 
  • On-floor support of manufacturing activities. 
  • Identify and implement process/equipment improvements and manufacturing efficiencies. 
  • Serves as liaison with corporate and divisional automation and IT groups

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering, Science, or Information Technology discipline (preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in process automation or equivalent
  • Minimum 3 years of aseptic processing/sterile manufacturing experience
  • Emerson DeltaV, PLC, computer validation and systems lifecycle development methodology experience
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral)
Preferred: Experience with bioreactor/fermenters and/or chromatography unit operations

Your role at Merckis integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generationsto come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help makemeaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’reinventing for life.

 If you need anaccommodation for the application process please email us at

 Search Firm Representatives Please ReadCarefully: 

Merckis not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employmentopportunity.  Please, no phone calls oremails.  All resumes submitted by searchfirms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/ormethod without a valid written search agreement in place for this position willbe deemed the sole property of Merck.  Nofee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result ofthe referral or through other means.

 Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.  For more information about personal rights under Equal EmploymentOpportunity, visit:

EEOC Poster EEOC GINA Supplement

Job: Manufacturing Automation
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: No
Number of Openings: 2
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: No
Company Trade Name: Merck

More searches like this