Associate Director of Automation

Elkton, VA, US
May 18 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: MAN005048

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. 


At Merck’s Manufacturing Facility in Elkton, Virginia we currently have an Associate Director of Automation position available.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills as leader of a multidisciplinary team supporting the operation of pharmaceutical product manufacturing facilities. 

Responsibilities Include:
  • Mangaing a team of automation engineers, providing direction, priorities, feedback,  and formal reviews.
  • Providing lead automation support for various manufacturing systems such as Programmable Logic Controllers , Distributed Control Systems  and Original Equipment Manufacturer platforms.  
  • Providing leadership for automation upgrade and new installation projects.
  • Evaluates automation systems and develops strategies to ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansion, replacement, or upgrade
  • Initiate and lead collaboration within the Operations, Quality and Technical organizations to resolve complex problems
  • Responsible for trouble-shooting challenging equipment / automation issues to improve manufacturing performance (yield, cycle time, reliability, etc.) and maintaining the automation systems in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Principles (cGMPs)
  • Responsibilities will potentially include providing automation support on various shifts and remote off-hour coverage support for trouble calls. 
  • Must be willing to work closely with various site and central groups in order to ensure control systems are designed, implemented and maintained in a manner to ensure manufacturing requirements are met
  • Providing training and serving as a mentor for junior engineers
  • Designing solutions to ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansions, replacements, or upgrades.
  • Using technical knowledge to assure the efficient operation of a variety of automated processing and information technology systems.  Takes a lead role in installing and placing new equipment into operation.  
  • Develops solutions for automation problems.  Oversees investigations of automation anomalies to prevent recurrence.
  • Understand and support all cGMPs, safety, and environmental regulations.
  • Communicates daily with operation, technical, and quality representatives within area of support through the tier process.
  • Periodically reviews automation documents, performs preventive maintenance, and revises or develops automation Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Develops and supports corrective actions associated with automation related deviations/investigations
  • Communicates periodically with immediate supervisor about the status of area of responsibility
  • Participates in audits and training programs in the area of responsibility
  • On the floor trouble shooting support of manufacturing activities
  • Identifies and implements process/equipment improvements and manufacturing efficiencies
  • Maintains all system life cycle documentation

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Systems, Chemical, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, or Information technology
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of experience as an automation development engineer or system administrator 
  • Emerson DeltaV, Allen Bradley PLC,  OSI-PI,  SQL, and Infobatch.
  • Batch Processing and S88 standard
  • Knowledge of GAMP standard
  • Aseptic processing/sterile manufacturing experience


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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Job: Manufacturing Automation
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): N/A
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Company Trade Name: Merck

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