Assoc. Principal Scientist, Operations/Pharmaceutical Development

Date: Jun 12, 2019

Location: Rahway, NJ, US

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Requisition ID: PHA001517

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’s Animal Health (MAH) Division works to improve the health of animals around the world through collaborative partnerships and a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and planet. This team of energetic, independent thinkers offers one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species both domestically and internationally.  

The Associate Principal Scientist’s role encompasses the following:
1. Support R&D development programs outside of the FLEx Center as an individual contributor.  Incorporate scientific and technical knowledge to complete assigned tasks. 
2. Support internal (FLEx Center; commercial sites) and external (CMOs) transfer of manufacturing processes.
3. Collaborate with internal stakeholders (Human Health, Quality, Environmental Health and Safety, etc.) to drive effective communication and completion of deliverables. 
4. Coordinate and supervise the daily activities of individual contributors
5. Understand priorities from manager/supervisor to ensure task completion
6. Understand/act on guidance from supervisor where decisions are guided by policies, procedure and business plan
7. Interprets customer needs and assesses requirements
8. Apply supervisory skills to improve efficiency and accomplish operational objectives
9. Identify and resolve standard day to day quality, technical, and operational problems
10. Set priorities to meet daily deadlines; develops plans to meet short-term objectives
11. Work within budgetary/financial objectives
12. Make decisions guided by policies and standard operating procedures
13. Compliance – Responsible for creating and sustaining a culture that ensures that compliance (Safety, Environment, cGMP, etc.) are imperatives for the business. Responsible for driving continuous improvement and reviewing compliance documents, as per procedures or need.
14. Exercise judgement and decision making to ensure quality product is reliably produced while managing cost.
15. Continuous Improvement – Tie into overall FLEx Center metric across modalities to drive efficiency.
16. Responsible for creating and sustaining a highly engaged workforce through utilization of Merck Leadership Behaviors and Inclusion.  Provide feedback and input on performance evaluations for indirect staff.
17. Keep all team members informed on current policies/procedures and all other FLEx Center communications.
18. Enforce all prescribed safety rules and regulations and take prompt corrective action concerning potential safety hazards
19. Provide leadership in establishing and maintaining a high efficiency and productivity level from the team members, while maintaining a focus on Safety First and Quality Always.
20. Identify root causes of manufacturing issues and implement corrective action with a focus on Safety, Quality, Delivery and Cost, in that order.
21. Actively develop members to obtain maximum potential
22. Enhance operational and/or technical capability through project experience or outside learning.
23. Author/review documentation related to operational procedures and/or reports/memos associated with supporting development projects.

1. First line quality/operations supervisor working with a team of individual contributor scientists/technicians
2. Ensure that objectives are achieved while reliably supplying quality product while following Merck standards/procedures.
3. Tactical and strategic Shift(s) management, including collaboration with indirect staff
4. Promote the behaviors and principles that drive continuous improvement
5. Delivering on-time work performance in support of operational and scientific experimental activities

Core Skillsets
• Ability to learn and enhance capabilities while developing others
• Ability to be flexible and understand risk
• Continuous improvement
• Conflict resolution
• Ability to adapt between operational manufacturing and lab experiment activities
• Good documentation practices



Education Minimum Requirement: 

• Master’s Degree in Science, Engineering or another technical field

Required Experience and Skills**: 

• Minimum (5) years’ experience in a functional area, such as Operations, Manufacturing, Engineering, Pharmaceutical Development

Preferred Experience and Skills:

• Minimum (3) years’ experience in relevant manufacturing or processing (bulk, solid oral dosage, solutions/suspensions, packaging, etc.)
• Experience of interacting with site, divisional or regulatory audits

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: Pharma Process Development
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): N/A
Hazardous Materials: API, excipients, solvents
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: New York City
Nearest Secondary Market: Newark

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