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Director Digital Architect

Requisition ID: PRO018035

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.

Our Manufacturing Division is seeking to modernize and implement state of the art manufacturing capabilities to ensure rapid delivery of safe, effective and cost effective medicines for patients globally. To enable this, the Manufacturing Systems, Design, and Commercialization Operating Unit is enrolling domain subject matter experts across the operating paradigm to identify and implement blueprints that codify design and operating principles that will deliver best in class manufacturing facilities and performance. It is expected that these design and operating principles will be derived from within and beyond the biopharmaceutical industry. Successful delivery of these blueprints will ensure new Merck Manufacturing Division facilities deliver the promise of the innovative medicines that they produce in a safe, compliant, expeditious and cost effective way.

A key element of this modernization is the integration of Industry 4.0 initiatives. These rapidly emerging digital tools will enable faster, more efficient and higher quality outputs while simultaneously tapping into the data rich environment of a biopharmaceutical manufacturing environment to build new insights and knowledge.

The Digital Architect will be accountable for identifying, developing and ultimately implementing these best and next practices across manufacturing operations.

Primary Activities

  • The incumbent will be accountable for identification, development and deployment of digital best and next practices within the operations envelope, inclusive of drug substance and drug production operations.
  • Expected to routinely collaborate with multi-disciplinary team of engineers, statisticians, IT professionals and others to advance digital capabilities within the manufacturing ecosystem.
  • Closely interacts internally with other departments principally, Operations, MS&T, IT, and Quality, and externally within the biopharmaceutical sector to identify and secure best practices.
  • Prospect adjacent industries beyond the biopharmaceutical sector to identify and secure next practices to advance Industry 4.0 aspirations within MMD.
  • Accountable for developing clear business cases, and where appropriate conducting pilots, to ensure emerging best and next practices will return meaningful value upon implementation.
  • Awareness and fluency in Industry 4.0 initiatives and emerging digital trends is critical. Ability to prioritize the highest value opportunities within Biologics industry through deep understanding of business challenges and opportunities will be essential for the success of this candidate.
  • Ensure digital blueprints are in alignment with corporate standards and requirements.
  • Curation and prioritization of initiatives to drive improved digital blueprints.
  • Consistently demonstrate key leadership attributes within and beyond immediate responsibilities is essential:
    • Innovation - create opportunity and unlock innovation by balancing expertise with curiosity and a learning mindset


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • B.S. in Scientific, Engineering, or Computer Science discipline with 12+ years of experience. Advanced degree strongly preferred.

Required Experience and Skills**

  • Strong digital acumen is requisite.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex subject matter in a way that customers can understand.
  • Ability to operate in customer facing model and drive meaningful outcomes.
  • Awareness and fluency in Industry 4.0 initiatives and emerging digital trends is critical. Ability to prioritize the highest value opportunities within Biologics industry through deep understanding of business challenges and opportunities will be essential for the success of this candidate.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Strong communication, collaboration and influencing skills.
  • Direct experience with big data, modeling, Internet of Things,(IoT), AI, and machine learning.
  • Innovation, willingness to take upon challenges
  • Ability to challenge the status quo
  • Ability to stay advanced of industry trends



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: Process Engineering
Other Locations: Kenilworth, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 20 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): N/A
Hazardous Materials: No, but the position require the employee to enter core sterile manufacturing areas.
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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Published on 12/12/2018