Director, Production Architecture Engineering

Date: May 9, 2019

Location: West Point, PA, US

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Requisition ID: ENG004442

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. 

Position Overview - Essential function(s) includes, but is not limited to:

Merck Manufacturing Division is seeking to modernize and implement state of the art manufacturing capabilities to ensure rapid delivery of safe, effective and cost-effective medicines for patients globally.  To enable this, the Manufacturing Systems, Design, and Commercialization Operating Unit is enrolling domain subject matter experts across the operating paradigm to identify and implement blueprints that codify design and operating principles that will deliver best in class manufacturing facilities and performance.  It is expected that these design and operating principles will be derived from within and beyond the biopharmaceutical industry.  Successful delivery of these blueprints will ensure new MMD facilities deliver the promise of the innovative medicines that they produce in a safe, compliant, expeditious and cost-effective way.  A key element of this modernization is the assurance of robust operational processes.  

The Production Architect will be accountable for identifying, developing and ultimately implementing these best and next practices across operations. 

Primary activities include, but are not limited to:

  • The incumbent will be accountable for identification, development and deployment of production operations best and next practices inclusive of vaccines and biologics.
  • Expected to routinely collaborate with multi-disciplinary team of engineers, scientists, operations staff and others to advance quality capabilities within the manufacturing ecosystem.
  • Closely interacts internally with other departments principally, Operations, MS&T, MRL, GES and externally within the biopharmaceutical sector to identify and secure best practices.
  • Prospect adjacent industries beyond the biopharmaceutical sector to identify and secure next practices to advance onsite and above site operating principles and practices.
  • Accountable for developing clear business cases, and where appropriate conducting pilots, to ensure emerging best and next practices will return meaningful value upon implementation.
  • Ability to balance the standardization of technologies while maintaining flexibility for operations.
  • Curation and prioritization of initiatives to drive production operations blueprints
  • Create robust, operationally efficient deployment solutions and led the deployment and implementation at our new manufacturing sites
  • Consistently demonstrate key leadership attributes within and beyond immediate responsibilities is essential: 
    • Innovation – create opportunity and unlock innovation by balancing expertise with curiosity and a learning mindset
    • Leverage Tensions – embrace opposing forces to make timely and courageous trade-off decisions that enable short and long term value
    • Boundaryless Execution – build partnerships, break down barriers, and leverage networks across the ecosystem to create value
  • Demonstrated ability to work in customer facing environment, to effectively communicate and influence all levels of management, to translate innovation into business outcomes, and to challenge the status quo and take calculated risks


Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • B.S. in Scientific or Engineering discipline

Required Experience and Skills: 

  • Direct experience with quality systems within a regulated environment.  

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • 12 years of manufacturing quality experience
  • Advanced degree
  • Green belt or black belt highly desirable
  • Ability to operate in customer facing model and drive meaningful outcomes through others.  
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex subject matter in a way that stakeholders can understand.  
  • Deep understanding of biologics and / or vaccines manufacturing quality systems is required across bulk and drug product operations.   

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: Engineering Generic
Other Locations: Rahway, NJ, US; Kenilworth, NJ, US
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable):
Hazardous Materials: No
Company Trade Name: Merck

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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