Senior DevOps Engineer

Branchburg, NJ, US
May 04 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: ENG003823

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. How will you invent the future?

As a Senior DevOps Engineer at Merck’s Branchburg IT Hub, you will be part of inventing tomorrow. Our innovative centers are where great people come together and deliver solutions that save and improve lives.

Are you a developer interested in Continuous Delivery and Infrastructure as Code because you want to enable teams to achieve higher feature velocity while also delivering more reliable, resilient systems?  Are you a system admin who has a passion for coding and scripting to automate and simplify tasks to shorten delivery cycles?  We are seeking motivated and talented individuals to join our team and deliver the future…faster.

Your main job will include:

• Enabling Continuous Delivery for our software products, making sure that all parts are as fast and as resilient as possible

• Collaborating with IT teams to automate and enable programmatic access to core infrastructure services

• Consulting with application development teams to optimize their development workflows, their build/release pipelines, and their run-time architectures to maximize performance and resiliency

• Partnering with our Cloud Services team to identify and refine architecture patterns for web applications

• Delivering IT solutions to our divisions that help them develop and deliver groundbreaking medical treatments

You will:

• Be an experienced member of a global, cross-functional team building leading edge, scientific domain applications and services across the drug discovery pipeline.

• Communicate and collaborate ­ participating in the discovery, refinement, articulation, and implementation of scalable software development patterns

• Code – building Continuous delivery pipelines, including Infrastructure as Code and using Bitbucket/Robot/Jenkins/Artifactory/Ansible/Docker/Python and other related tools

• Operate – participate in follow­the­sun duties for the release pipelines and ensure that availability, performance and scalability are delivered without compromise

• Perform Scientific Data Analysis ­ study production infrastructure and application monitoring & logging systems to help identify root causes behind complex problems, propose hypotheses, and conduct low risk experiments to prove or disprove hypotheses

• Document and automate tool creation ­ make the team more scalable by creating self­documenting technical systems and building scripts and tools to boost developer productivity

• Lead and mentor junior members of the team.

You will work on and learn more about:

• Software Engineering and being part of a diverse, global team

• Leading edge DevOps and Continuous Integration tools and techniques

• Working in a Global Healthcare company


Education Minimum Requirement:

Bachelor’s Degree or higher in IT, Software Engineering, Computer Science, or related fields

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated experience with programming/scripting languages (Python, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, shell, etc.)
  • Experience with Configuration Management tools (Ansible, Salt, Chef) or Continuous Integration tools (Jenkins, CircleCI, TravisCI, etc.)

    Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Experience leading small to medium teams of developers
  • Exposure to life sciences and Health Care is a big plus
  • Experience with major cloud providers (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, etc.)
  • Ability to understand strategic IT goals in order to be able to execute tasks in support of technology integration initiatives
  • Ability to work independently, asynchronously (across time zones) and with excellent communication skills that cross language/culture/geographic boundaries
  • 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   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: Engineering, Development & Integration
    Other Locations:
    Employee Status: Regular
    Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
    Number of Openings: 1
    Shift (if applicable): 1st
    Hazardous Materials: None
    Company Trade Name: Merck

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