Vaccine Production Support - 3rd Shift

  • Company: Merck
  • Location: West Point, Pennsylvania
  • Posted: December 03, 2016
  • Reference ID: PRO014928
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. Today, we are building a new kind of healthcare company - one that is ready to help create a healthier future for all of us.

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

Job responsibilities are as follows:
  • Assist with the direct processing of materials and the associated hourly workforce to ensure attainment of business results.
  • Effectively collaborate with a work team with motivating others, ensuring performance, schedule execution, task coordination, equipment and area preparation and effective administration of personnel policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage conflict; affect resolution to technical and personnel challenges is key; openness to change; and the ability to affect positive change.
Because our business is dynamic and advances in science and technology require new methods of production we are looking for individuals who can do the following:
  • Collaborate with team members in the identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives and action plans.
  • Support activities in the areas of cost containment, efficiency, productivity, energy conservation, waste minimization, operational excellence and lean practices.
  • Must be capable of independently coordinating and completing optimization activities, in a multi-shift, shared ownership environment.
  • Utilize lean principles and six sigma methodology to solve problems, and develops these problem solving skills in work teams.
  • Facilitate implementation of corrective actions to correct past performance, proactively identify safety and quality-related trends, and be responsible for initiating actions to prevent issues from reoccurring.
  • Recognize and investigate opportunities for financial savings.
  • Understand lean principles and applies these concepts to all aspects of the production environment.
  • Due to the high impact nature of this role it is essential that the incumbent demonstrate integrity, credibility and flexibility in their daily performance so as to motivate others to do the same.
  • Assure compliance with safety and environmental practices, cGMPs and SOPs in the work area.
  • Participate in external and internal audits and inspections.
  • Initiate the investigation when a quality or safety event occurs during the shift.
  • Work with members from Quality and Technical Operations to properly handle unplanned events. Ensure that corrective actions are implemented.
  • Ensure materials receiving and verification in the work area, equipment cleaning, set-up and area cleaning and verification are completed according to procedures.
  • Assure that materials are properly handled and equipment is properly operated according to SOPs, guidelines, and regulations.
  • Maintain control of processes and product quality by ensuring compliance with cGMPs, safety and environmental regulations.

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology/ life sciences, chemical, biochemical engineering or other relevant science/engineering program
Required Experience:
  • Ability to work third shift (00:00 to 08:00)
  • Willingness to work weekends
  • Ability to focus on and obtain results
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively collaborate within and across an integrated manufacturing team
  • Ability to enact conflict resolution
  • Ability to effectively respond to change
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Leadership and interpersonal skills to motivate direct reports and peers toward the achievement of production goals
  • High personal integrity, credibility and energy
  • Flexibility to perform related tasks to support the business
  • Computer literacy in MS Office, Word, Outlook, Excel
Preferred Experience:
  • Two (2) years working experience in cGMP pharmaceutical environment
  • SAP experience
  • Experience working within a Union environment
  • Technical writing experience related to investigations into manufacturing process variation

Our employees are the key to our company's success. We demonstrate our commitment to our employees by offering a competitive and valuable rewards program. Our Company's benefits are designed to support the wide range of goals, needs and lifestyles of our employees, and many of the people that matter the most in their lives. If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at
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