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Operational Readiness Lead

Requisition ID: MAN006510

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.

At Merck & Co., Inc.'s manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have two Operational Readiness Lead positions available. Merck's Elkton campus is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains just a short distance from major state universities: University of Virginia and James Madison University.

The successful candidate will be a key member of a cross functional project team tasked with rapidly increasing manufacturing capacity through capital and smaller-scale improvement projects. The position will transition to supporting operations through production ramp up and into steady state manufacturing.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide operational design criteria and input to cross-functional project suite teams.
  • Establish strategy and manage execution of operational procedure development.
  • Contribute to staffing modeling and realization, including training of hourly union and shop floor management staff.
  • Development of standard work to support production requirements.
  • Support off-site factory acceptance testing, including higher frequency and duration of travel during a defined period.
  • Plan, organize, prioritize, and direct day-to-day operations, including coordination between multiple disciplines on the shop floor, write permits, lead start-up meetings.
  • Identify, evaluate, plan, and execute continuous improvement projects to increase the team's effectiveness in meeting business goals including safety, quality, productivity, and reliability objectives.
  • Lead and participate in safety, environmental, and quality audits and investigations and implementation of related corrective actions.
  • Coach and mentor operators and managers.
  • Occasional off-hours support while shift leads are established.


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor's degree

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and direct standard work and lean manufacturing concepts
  • Demonstrated technical proficiency in pharmaceutical or chemical industry

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • 5 years experience in vaccines/biologics manufacturing environment
  • BS in engineering or similar technical field
  • Management experience in a manufacturing environment
  • Management experience in a union environment

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: Manuf./Operations Generic
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 2
Shift (if applicable):
Hazardous Materials: Raw materials used in vaccines manufacture
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Harrisonburg
Nearest Secondary Market: Virginia

Operational Readiness Lead

Elkton, MD 21921
Full Time

Published on 08/06/2019