Technical Support Engineer, Vaccine Operations

Durham, NC, US
April 11 2018
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Requisition ID: CHE005805

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.

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people 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.

At our Vaccine Facility in Durham, North Carolina, the Global Vaccine Technology & Engineering (GVTE) department is seeking candidates to partner with Manufacturing Operations, Quality Operations and Process Automation. GVTE provides technical engineering and manufacturing support for the production of Merck's live virus vaccines at Durham.

This is an exciting opportunity for an Engineer to join our Vaccine Manufacturing Technical Operations department within the Merck Manufacturing Division (MMD), supporting a sterile fill, finish, and lyophilization vaccine manufacturing facility.  
The Maurice R. Hilleman Center for Vaccine Manufacturing is a state of the art facility, started in 2004, for manufacturing Merck's lifesaving vaccines. Due to the importance of this facility in Merck’s Vaccine Manufacturing Supply Chain, the facility has seen rapid growth in production volumes and new employees over the last several years; currently Durham employs 1,000+ people.

The Technical Operations team is expanding to support both the current commercial vaccine production and technical transfer of new Vaccine products to the Durham facility. The Technical Operation’s team expansion offers challenging employment and professional growth opportunities for skilled engineers and scientists. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to become part of this exciting team supporting the Durham facility.

The Technical Support Engineer within the IPT (Integrated Process Team) will be part of a cross functional team charged with the technical support of the manufacturing shop floor in a new fill-finish vaccine facility. This role requires the ability to execute multiple projects and activities across the IPT. Strong communication and collaboration skills are essential. The successful candidate will also have robust problem solving skills and a hands-on approach to equipment validation and problem solving, with a bias toward going to see problems for oneself in the field as they arise. Enthusiasm for continuously learning is a requirement.
Primary Activities:
  • Analyzing complex processing problems through critical analytical thinking and the design/execution of laboratory/pilot scale experiment
  • Development of sound scientific justification for planned material and process and equipment changes.
  • Working with the Technology, Automation, and Quality functions to determine the breadth and scope of investigations to identify the appropriate root cause, implement corrective actions, complete trending analysis, and determine product disposition.
  • Preparing and/or provides guidance and review for regulatory filings, process descriptions, investigations, and change requests. Acts as a participant in domestic and international regulatory agency inspections.
  • Supporting all quality and safety initiatives.
  • Provide technical support to manufacturing shop floor for in-process analytics, controls, and troubleshooting.
  • Keeping his/her supervisor current on the progress of projects, and making improvement recommendations on production procedures.

  • Bachelor degree or higher in an Engineering or Science related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years post-bachelor’s degree experience in GMP manufacturing and/or technical support of GMP manufacturing operations - OR - military experience
  • Strong communication, leadership and teamwork skills
  • Experience with optimizing and troubleshooting aseptic processing operations such as formulation, filling, and, lyophilization
  • Strong foundation of Lyophilization process and equipment knowledge
  • Familiarity with process risk assessment tools, Quality by Design principles, and Lean/Six Sigma methodologies
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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