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Manufacturing Automation Specialist

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.   

We are seeking a Growth and Improvement minded Manufacturing Automation Specialist that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.

  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs

  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)

  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape

  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world

  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success – They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

Summary and Focus

At our Manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have a Manufacturing Automation Engineer position available. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their passion and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team promoting the operation of pharmaceutical product manufacturing facilities.

Key Functions

  • Providing automation sponsorship for various manufacturing systems such as Programmable Logic Controllers, Distributed Control Systems and Original Equipment Manufacturer platforms

  • Trouble-shooting taxing 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) tasks will potentially include providing automation promotion on various shifts and remote off-hour coverage sponsorship for trouble calls

  • Work closely with various site and central groups to ensure control systems are designed implemented and maintained in a manner to ensure manufacturing disciplines are met

  • Provide training and serving as a technical resource 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 directing role in installing and placing new equipment into operation

  • Develops solutions for automation problems. Oversees investigations of automation anomalies to prevent recurrence

  • Comprehend and promote all cGMPs, safety, and environmental regulations

  • Speaks daily with operation, technical, and quality representatives within area of sponsorship through the tier process

  • Periodically reviews automation documents, performs preventive maintenance, and revises or develops automation Standard Operating Procedures

  • Develops and promotes corrective actions associated with automation related deviations/investigations

  • Conveys periodically with immediate supervisor about the status of area of duty

  • Participates in audits and training programs

  • On the floor trouble shooting promotion of manufacturing activities

  • Identifies and implements process/equipment improvements and manufacturing efficiencies

  • Maintains all system life cycle documentation


  • Bachelor degree in Computer Systems, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information technology, or related discipline


  • Two years in a manufacturing environment with information and/or automation technology systems


  • PLCs (programmable logic controllers) and/or DCSs (distributed control systems)

  • GMP environment knowledge

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high-quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.   

Who we are …  

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, 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 …  

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today. 


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.  If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor. 

New hires in office-based roles in the US & Puerto Rico will be required, subject to applicable law, to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption to this vaccination requirement that can be accommodated without an undue burden to the operation. However, subject to applicable law, employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as employees in health services, customer facing commercial, or research based roles, will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

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No relocation

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Requisition ID:R200901

Manufacturing Automation Specialist

Elkton, VA 22827
Full Time

Published on 09/23/2022

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