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Operations Specialist

Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity with a rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturer? If so, then this is the opportunity for you!

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 connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

At our Company in Elkton, Virginia, we have Manufacturing Operations Specialist positions available. The manufacturing plant is in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains, a short distance from major state universities: University of Virginia and James Madison University.

The Manufacturing Operations Specialist is assigned to a product manufacturing team and partners with the Operations Managers to coordinating maintenance activities and ensure the manufacturing area is operating at peak efficiency.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing reliable equipment and utilities for the product team by driving the execution, prioritization, and coordination of maintenance work to maximize productivity

  • Learning other business functions that support manufacturing operations (Quality, Validation, Supplies Inspection, Automation, Warehouse, Powerhouse, Waste Treatment, Environmental Monitoring, Utilities)

  • Working with the Operations Manager and product team to measure, analyze and improve equipment uptime and reliability 

  • Respond to facility alarms

  • Supervise clean room disinfection and testing

  • Participation in real time deviation investigations 

  • Working a shift schedule that includes all days of the week and all hours of the day.

  • Production Batch Record Review

  • Batch record remediation and update execution

  • Support deliverables for Data Integrity remediation

  • Support Shift Managers and Senior Specialists deliverables

  • RFT

  • Housekeeping

  • Projects

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering (mechanical, chemical, or similar discipline) or related scientific field and a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments – OR - High School Diploma/GED and a minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments. 

Required Experience and Skills:  

  • Experience troubleshooting and resolving equipment failures by collaborating with and assigning mechanical tradesmen to execute the work.

  • Experience in safely securing mechanical system, tanks and utilities for execution of work and confined space entry. 

  • Demonstrated record of successfully working in team environments and influencing people with a broad range of skills and experience. 

Preferred Experience, Skills and Goals:

  • Experience with:

    • sterile manufacturing equipment and sterile/aseptic techniques

    • various types of rotating equipment

    • utility equipment; including chillers, heat exchangers, AHU, WFI generation, clean steam generation and cold storage 

    • SAP Plant Maintenance management system 

  • Experience in:

    • a regulated industry; such pharmaceuticals, food, and or nuclear 

    • a cGMP environment

  • Demonstrated record of learning new skills, taking on new responsibilities, and continuously improving leadership skills

  • Desire to advance into manufacturing management roles

  • Experience with SAP

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

Who we are …

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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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Requisition ID:R18669

Operations Specialist

Elkton, VA 22827
Full Time

Published on 05/02/2020