Operations Manager

Millsboro, DE, US
April 17 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: PRO017182

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. Position Description

Merck Animal Health, Millsboro, DE is a Bio Technology Center of Excellence that performs vaccine production operations from antigen production through formulation, filling and packaging.  With expertise in mammalian, insect and avian cell culture production (anchorage & non-anchorage dependent), live bird vaccine production, embrocated egg vaccine production, roller bottle vaccine production, bioreactor vaccine production and down-stream processing (water in oil emulsions, aseptic filling, lyophilization, etc.), the Millsboro site supplies and supports products for a wide range of species including poultry, equine, swine, bovine and companion animal.

This position is responsible for managing biological production within the TCP Lab as required.  This position will ensure that production schedules are met in accordance with all safety procedures and standard operating procedures to meet company product quality standards.



• Supervision of facilities, equipment and personnel in TCP. This would include coordination of additional labor, such as temporary employees or other departments.

• Review and revise processes and procedures against corporate and regulatory requirements to insure compliance.

• Review production records for completeness and compliance to departmental and/or Site SOPs.

• Provide training to personnel to stay current with all regulatory agencies and corporate policies.

• Evaluate personnel and machinery requirements and make and/or implement recommendations for changes and improvements.

• Participation in daily activities to understand requirements and issues

• Provide guidance to personnel to maximize through-put while meeting regulatory requirements

• Coordination with venders to determine equipment options

• Assist in the procurement and installation of new equipment

• Provide effective solutions to projects with a high level of technical difficulties and internal constraints

• Scheduling and planning for TCP requirements

• Coordinate  with Blend, Filling, Packaging and Planning personnel to maximize utilization of resources

• Coordinate resources between areas of production utilizing our Tier process to meet scheduling requirements

• Provide training, coordinate problem solving issues with Third Party

• Communicate and track critical component issues and work with venders for resolution.

• Ensure proper safety procedures, standard operation procedures and aseptic techniques are followed.              

• Review current practices and ensure employees meet or exceed current procedures and techniques.

• Coordinate SAP and data base entry and the movement of finished goods and in-process products between facilities

• Including inventory movement and production key performance indicators

• Other duties as assigned, such as scheduling equipment maintenance, various trouble shooting and contribute as needed on cross-functional teams


Position Qualifications Education Minimum Requirement:  Associates degree in Life Science field or Business related field  Required Experience and Skills
  • 5 years relevant experience in the vaccine and/or pharmaceutical Industry.
  • 1-3 years’ experience in a leader capacity (supervisory or lead position).
  • Working knowledge of USDA/GMP Guidelines
  • Working knowledge of aseptic techniques and aseptic filling operations.
  • Strong knowledge of blending, filling and packaging materials, principles, and operating systems.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • High analytical and logical problem solving abilities.
Excellent teambuilding skills that focus on mentoring and coaching. 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 assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.   Search Firm Representatives Please Read Carefully:  Merck & Co., Inc. is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity.  Please, no phone calls or emails.  All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck.  No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.  For more information about personal rights under Equal Employment Opportunity, visit:              EEOC Poster             EEOC GINA Supplement

Job: Production / Maintenance
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: None
Company Trade Name: Merck

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