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Manufacturing Supervisor

Job Description

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a “Safety First, Quality Always” mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant as part of our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

The Integrated Process Team (IPT) Manufacturing Advisor is responsible for managing the operational elements of daily activities for the production of organic chemical intermediates and bulk pharmaceutical finished products.  This position ensures production activities are completed in compliance with safety, environmental, and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) requirements.  The Manufacturing Advisor provides leadership, advising and coaching, and development of hourly union employees functioning as shift work teams.  The Manufacturing Advisor supervises one or more product campaigns simultaneously and provides direction to ancillary manufacturing operations.

The position will report to the IPT Production Lead (Associate Director, Operations).



  • Advisor for hourly union shift work teams; provide regular feedback and intervention as necessary on interpersonal behaviors to ensure the team functions as a high-performing group with shared accountability for results.

  • Front-line leadership for a number of manufacturing processes that involve the synthesis, isolation, and packaging of a variety of organic compounds and bulk pharmaceutical intermediate products.

  • Under the direction of the Production Lead and technical support resources, is responsible for coordinating his/her shift to achieve production results that meet customer requirements and organizational objectives.

  • Executes production activities under the guidance of appropriate SOPs and batch sheets, as well as direction from IPT and technical experts.

  • Maintains compliance by ensuring policies and procedures are followed.

  • Ensuring appropriate facility housekeeping.

  • Training plan development and training completion

  • Investigate and troubleshoot problems to minimize the impact on production, quality, safety, and the environment.

  • Lead investigations for production, quality, safety, and environmental incidents.

  • Coordinate the completion of mechanical services and projects within the manufacturing facilities. 

  • Perform lockout/tagout and other permitting activities to permit mechanical work on equipment.

  • Staffing decisions for your team. 

  • Participate in projects for improving cost, compliance, efficiency, energy conservation, and waste minimization.

  • Administer union collective bargaining agreement and site and Company policies.

Education Minimum:

  • BS in Chemical Engineering or related engineering/scientific discipline

OR High School diploma (or equivalent) with 5 years' related experience in chemical/pharmaceutical manufacturing operations, process technical support, or other related fields.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Knowledge of the hazards of chemicals and materials used in the chemical processing environment.

  • Good oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.  

  • Detail-oriented, flexible, and able to independently manage multiple priorities.

  • Knowledge of GMP/EHS compliance

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Facilitation and problem-solving skills (Lean/Six Sigma training or certification).

  • People management experience.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals 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., 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. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth.





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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.

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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Employee Status:



No relocation

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Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:


Valid Driving License:

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Requisition ID:R97406

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Published on 06/11/2021

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