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Quality 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 Quality Assurance group ensures every single material inside our products is manufactured, processed, tested, packaged, stored and distributed aligned with our incredibly high standards of quality and meets all regulatory requirements.  Partnering across our internal manufacturing facilities, external contract manufacturers and suppliers we create an interdependent global manufacturing network dedicated to deliver a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe.


The Quality Specialist provides direct Quality support to a production area as part of a Quality IPT (Integrated Product Team). With guidance from the Associate Director of Quality Operations, the Quality Specialist ensures quality and compliance of products manufactured by the functional area, adherence to Good Manufacturing and Documentation Practices, and represents quality on the shop floor. 

The Quality Specialist performs review of process documentation/data for accuracy, completeness, and data integrity compliance. The incumbent may support the completion of batch disposition activities for release of product and may assist in conducting investigation of deviations. Additionally, the Quality Specialist spends significant time on the shop floor in a team environment to provide quality coaching and guidance, to enable documentation to be completed right the first time, and to ensure compliance with cGMPs and regulatory requirements. 


  • Becomes fully trained in relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and competency-based activities

  • Learns cGMPs, the manufacturing process, and our Company quality systems, including SAP, LIMS and electronic logbook, laboratory data, and batch record platforms

  • Provides presence on the shop floor to support compliance and data integrity

  • Reviews production documentation such as batch records and logbooks to ensure accuracy and compliance with cGMPs and company procedures and ensures completion of proper remediation of errors

  • Collaborates with cross-functional team members to ensure batches are ready for release by appropriate due dates and executes the appropriate quality checks and SAP transactions required

  • Responsible for routine auditing of GMP practices, documentation, and data

  • Collaborates with cross-functional team members in the identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives and action plans

  • Review/approve new and updated SOPs and Controlled Job Aides

  • Actively participates in the Tier process and use this forum to make concerns visible and to partner with the functional area on resolution

  • Responsible for review/approval of new and updated Master Batch Records 

  • Review/approve Qualification documents

  • Cross trains to support other functional quality areas including deviation management, documentation review, environmental monitoring, and qualification activities

  • Provides support to internal audits and regulatory inspections

  • Fosters a customer service attitude within the functional area

Required Education

  • Bachelor degree, in a scientific or engineering field (preferred); candidates with degrees in other fields will be considered if accompanied by significant relevant experience

Experience and Skills 


  • Minimum 1-2 years of relevant post-degree work experience in GMP Manufacturing or Laboratory environment, Pharmaceutical/Biological Quality, Operations, Technical, or Regulatory function supporting manufacturing or laboratory operations, or related industry experience in a laboratory, manufacturing, science related or regulated setting

  • Evidence of leadership skills coupled with good oral and written communication skills 

  • Understanding of cGMPs and of regulatory requirements as they apply to the pharmaceutical field or a related area

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including flexibility, collaboration and inclusion skills and ability to work in a team environment



  • Quality systems, pharmaceutical manufacturing or laboratory processes, authoring and approving GMP documents

  • Aseptic gowning may be required

  • Demonstrated analytical aptitude, critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills

  • Demonstrated ability to upskill/coach others

  • Familiarity with GMP documentation review and/or shop floor auditing  

  • Titers may be required

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


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.

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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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No relocation

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Requisition ID:R114486

Quality Specialist

West Point, PA
Full Time

Published on 06/11/2021

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