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Plant Engineering Manager (Maintenance)

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.  

Position Description:

Our Vaccine Manufacturing facility in Durham, NC is seeking a Plant Engineering Manager to oversee HVAC and Quality Operations. The HVAC/Quality Operations (QO) Manager is a leadership role and it is a great opportunity to grow your career within Maintenance and Engineering while supporting Vaccine Operations. The Manager will provide direction, coaching, and technical expertise to maintenance personnel assigned to the Plant Engineering (PE) team. The HVAC/Quality Operations Manager will actively manage their team to reliably support customer demand (including employee development, routine coaching sessions, recognition, and performance management). To be successful as the Plant Engineering Manager, you will need to become proficient in the use of manufacturing systems and knowledgeable of site procedures in order to resolve process/equipment issues, minimize downtime, and ensure product quality.

Key Responsibilities:

Employee Development / People Management:

  • Hire, develop, motivate, and manage a team to ensure reliable HVAC and Quality Operations Lab equipment maintenance activities execution

  • Assign yearly performance objectives for the team in alignment with department and site goals

  • Provide regular feedback and coaching to employees on work performance

  • Provide leadership to the team as needed based on the team’s capabilities and maturity

  • Ensure on time approval of payroll activities using site approved software like ADP.

Process Execution / Continuous Improvement:

  • Provide a leadership presence on the manufacturing floor

  • Champion standard work to drive consistent use of best practices across teams

  • Regularly help the team troubleshoot issues to minimize downtime and maintain product quality

  • Represent Maintenance on project teams as needed

  • Strong sponsor for the problem-solving efforts and solutions offered by other shifts and teams

  • LOTO and permit writing for maintenance activities, Safety Management Information Systems (SMIS)

  • Knowledge of HVAC and QO Lab equipment maintenance and repair

  • Initiate Standard Operation Procedure(SOP)/Preventative Maintenance (PM)/Calibration redlines and revisions


  • Lead and support daily meetings to facilitate flow of information up/down through the organization

  • Hold regular team meetings to cascade information and collect team feedback

  • Coordinates with Site Engineering and Integrated Process Team (IPT) production planner

  • Provide clear consistent communication from shift to shift

  • Attends daily shutdown meetings ensuring owned activities are tracked and completed

  • Escalate issues as needed to ensure the right support/awareness is given to issues as they arise

  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert during tours to provide area/process overview information to visitors/auditors upon request

Quality & Safety Compliance:

  • Foster strong safety culture on the team through actions, coaching, and prioritization

  • Coach individuals when reporting safety issues and completing corrective/preventative actions

  • Drive culture of compliance through actions, consistent quality-driven decision making, and coaching of the team (e.g. documentation, housekeeping, area 5S, etc.)

  • Participate in safety/regulatory audits (i.e. tours, topic discussion)


  • Coach the team to ensure inventory transactions are complete, timely, and accurate

  • Manage team staffing and overtime to support customer demand while meeting budget targets

  • Recognize and communicate opportunities for cost savings

Position Qualifications:

Required Education, Experience and Skills: 

  • High School Diploma and a minimum of six (6) years of maintenance, manufacturing or military experience OR

  • Bachelor's degree in Electronics or Engineering with four (4) years of maintenance, manufacturing or military experience

  • Project management (manages project priorities – schedule & cost, installation).

  • Leadership and interpersonal skills to motivate direct reports and peers to excel and "own" the process 

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills 

  • Flexibility to perform various tasks to support the business.

  • Ability to prioritize, align and simply to focus on and obtain business results 

  • Previous experience training individuals in complex manufacturing / work environments   

  • Meeting Facilitation/Training/Presentation Skills

  • Planning, Implementing, Directing, Control, Decision Making 

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • CMRP, CRL or similar Maintenance certification

  • Lean, Six Sigma, KATA problem solving skills 

  • Must be fully aware of requirement specifications from a qualification perspective (IC/OC, IQ/OQ, CRs, etc.)

  • Direct supervisory experience of maintenance and/or manufacturing technicians. 

  • Experience working in a clean room or GMP/regulated manufacturing environment

  • Extensive industrial experience involving utility system generation, distribution and controls

  • Computer fluency, including thorough knowledge of Delta V, MES, SAP, BAS etc.

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.

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:R80496

Plant Engineering Manager (Maintenance)

Durham, NC
Full Time

Published on 11/04/2020