Sr. Automation Engineer

Date: May 15, 2019

Location: West Point, PA, US

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Requisition ID: MAN005737

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. 


Candidate will have at a minimum a B.S degree in engineering, computer science /electrical / chemical / mechanical, or equivalent; a minimum of 8 yrs experience in process automation or equivalent.  Candidate must possess a strong knowledge of business impacts and prioritization of technical initiatives and must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills including flexibility and ability to work in a team environment.  Candidate must be knowledgeable of cGMP’s, safety guidelines, engineering standards, and regulatory issues.  Responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

  • Direct/prioritize workload activities of a professional staff of ~ 4 – 6 engineers to provide process automation support to enable reliable and compliant supply of vaccines in our vial and syringe filling area. The process automation team is responsible for resolution of automation problems, implementation of process control, data collection techniques, and troubleshooting in compliance with System Development Life Cycle (SDLC), GMP, safety, and environmental regulations.
  • Motivate staff in a manner that fosters an integrated team environment.
  • Understands and supports all GMPs, safety, and environmental regulations. Responsible for insuring automation documents, preventive maintenance, periodic reviews and SOPs are in an inspection ready state.
  • Support process automation inquiries during internal and external audits/inspections, and must therefore be able to speak knowledgeably about automation, process and cGMP details of the manufacturing operations.
  • Evaluates automated and information technology systems, and develops strategies to optimize and ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansion, replacement, or upgrade.
  • Uses technical knowledge to assure the efficient operation of variety of automated processing and information technology systems. Leads in installing and placing new equipment into operations. Develops solutions for automation problems. Oversees investigations of automation anomalies to prevent recurrence. This includes on-floor support of manufacturing activities.
  • Leads in the development of technical requirements, keeping in mind the associated technology needs, benefits, and risks.   Analyzes complex business requirements using tools and techniques and identifies internal / external solutions to meet these requirements
  • Lead in developing control strategies and apply computerized tools that will deliver tangible improvements to overall production unit performance.
  • Communicates daily with operation, technical, and quality representatives within area of support through the tier process.
  • Familiar with six-sigma and lean manufacturing principles with an ability to convert business logic and requirements into detailed system requirements.
  • Able to analyze the process for an increase in capacity, efficiency, environmental protection, flexibility, quality, and yield and devise advanced solutions that directly achieve the desired results.
  • Uses technical knowledge to assure the efficient operation of a variety of automated processing and information technology systems. Takes a lead role in installing and placing new equipment into operation. Develops solutions for automation problems. Oversees investigations of automation anomalies to prevent recurrence.
  • Designs solutions to ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansions, replacements, or upgrades.
  • Leverages code structure and system architecture solutions from other factories, projects, and sites to ensure that automation systems are robust, efficient, and consistent with industrial standards.
  • Performs preventive maintenance, performance monitoring, and revises or develops automation Standar Operating Procedures to keep the system and the user operability in an optimal state.
  • Lead complex software system testing and validation procedures, and oversee system configuration and documentation.
  • On the floor trouble shooting support of manufacturing activities
  • Maintains accurate, unambigous and meaningful automation system documentation in a secure but easily accessible manner. 
  • Provides training and serves as a technical resource for other engineers.


Qualifications

Education Minimum Requirement:    


Candidate will have at a minimum a B.S degree in engineering, computer science /electrical / chemical / mechanical, or equivalent; a minimum of 8 yrs experience in process automation or equivalent. 

 

Required Experience and Skills: 


Candidate must possess a strong knowledge of business impacts and prioritization of technical initiatives and must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills including flexibility and ability to work in a team environment.  Candidate must be knowledgeable of cGMP’s, safety guidelines, engineering standards, and regulatory issues.  Excellent writing skills required.  Candidate must have a working knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers and Distributed Control Systems with a minimum of 7 years’ experience with either or both technologies.


Preferred Experience and Skills:


Experience with all aspects of the following types of automation is preferred: Rockwell A-B PLC's, DeltaV DCS or other DCS systems. Network communication and database experience preferred.  GMP experience preferred, Process Automation Experience in a GMP environment with operating/programming exposure to Delta V and , WonderWare, Allen Bradly and Siemens PLCs preferred.


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. 

 

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to staffingaadar@merck.com.

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Job: Manufacturing Automation
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 1
Shift (if applicable): 1st
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Company Trade Name: Merck


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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