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Process Supervisor, Small Scale Organics Pilot Plant

Merck & Co., Inc.
Rahway, New Jersey, United States
16 days ago


Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

The Small Scale Organics (SSO) Pilot Plant is a good manufacturing practice (GMP) facility in the Process Research and Development (PR&D) organization. The plant's mission is to support process development and Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturing for our Company's development programs by executing organic chemical processes and reactions at an intermediate scale (between lab scale and manufacturing scale).

The SSO Process Supervisor assists on daily production activities while ensuring compliance with Safety, GMP, Environmental requirements, and the existing labor contract to meet SSO objectives and customer requirements. The position is responsible for implementing process improvement actions to meet Safety & Environmental (S&E) and GMP requirements. This position is also responsible for ensuring facility readiness for API processing and shares accountability for the building performance. Ultimately, this position is expected to work cooperatively with the SSO leadership team and cross-functional SSO partners to drive overall success and performance of the building. This role will also be responsible for the prioritization and assignment of daily activities for the operations staff.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Ensure processes are run within the capability constraints of the facility.
  • Execute batch processes as needed from either a hands-on role or a supervisory role.
  • Ensure facility equipment readiness with respect to repair, cleaning (including documentation and execution), dummy run and batch execution, building housekeeping, and consumable inventory.
  • Provide input for incident root cause analysis, reporting, and action items.
  • Facilitate and drive building improvement projects and Corrective Action and Preventive Action (CAPA) completions.
  • Provide input on and proficiently execute process setups.
  • Provide regular feedback (both constructive and positive) to peers to promote a continuous improvement mindset.
  • Collaborate with all building staff to share and align on best practices.
  • Actively investigate problem statements and Safety Observation Reports (SORs) to promote fast and efficient problem resolution.
  • Understand hazardous/high risk-work and issue permits as needed.
  • Identify opportunities to improve building efficiency, compliance, and safety.

Education Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, or related engineering/scientific discipline OR High school with at least 4 years of relevant experience in a process development lab or pilot plant/manufacturing facility

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Mechanical aptitude and familiarity with chemical process development and process equipment.
  • Understanding of and experience with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs), Good Documentation Practices (GDPs), and Safety & Environmental (S&E) regulations.
  • Effective communication skills and a collaborative mindset.
  • Experience in conflict resolution and root cause analyses.
  • Ability to build effective work relationships with a diverse workforce.
  • Adaptable to a dynamic production environment.
  • Relevant experience in a process development lab or pilot plant/manufacturing facility.

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Lean Six Sigma Training/Certification.
  • Operations experience.

We are a research-driven biopharmaceutical company. Our mission is built on the simple premise that if we "follow the science" and that great medicines can make a significant impact to our world. And we believe that a research-driven enterprise dedicated to world-class science can succeed by inventing medicine and vaccine innovations that make a difference for patients across the globe.

Who we are ...

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for ...

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization.


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Travel Requirements:
No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:
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Requisition ID:R149604

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59853238
  • Location:
    Rahway, New Jersey, United States
  • Company Name: Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Position Title: Process Supervisor, Small Scale Organics Pilot Plant
  • Job Function: Industrial Pharmacist
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