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Manufacturing Production Operations Specialist


Elkton, VA

Employer:  Merck
Category:  QA - Quality Control
Job Type:  Full Time


Job Description

Our Manufacturing Operations teams are the people that make our products. We work in the manufacturing plants with a "Safety First, Quality Always" mindset striving for continuous improvement. We work in the local plant connected to our global manufacturing network to ensure the highest quality of raw materials, intermediates and finished products.

We are seeking Growth and Improvement minded Manufacturing Production Operations Specialists that can help drive our Strategic Operating Priorities.
  • Invent | Pursue the Most Promising Internal and External Science to Address Significant Unmet Medical Needs
  • Execute | Prioritize Resources Behind Our Key Growth Drivers (Oncology, Vaccines, Select Specialty Areas, Animal Health) While Optimizing Our Base Business)
  • Adapt | Develop Our People, Culture and Business Model to Evolve with a Dynamic Landscape
  • Diverse Talent | We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment with supporting leadership behaviors because having a high-performing, engaged workforce is critical to our ability to deliver innovative solutions to patients and customers around the world
  • Values and Standards | Our Steadfast Commitment to Our Values and Standards will Continue to Guide Us as We Take on New Challenges and Will Always be Fundamental to Our Success - They are a Competitive Advantage for Us

Summary, Focus and Purpose

A part of our Company's Manufacturing Division, Elkton's Operations Team is searching for highly motivated individuals at an Operations Specialist level to provide support to Operations at the site. The successful candidate will support Operations in either Vaccine or Antibiotic production. The Manufacturing Operations Specialist is assigned to a product manufacturing team and partners with the Operations Managers in coordinating maintenance activities and ensure the manufacturing area is operating at peak efficiency.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Operations or Operations Manager, the Operations Specialist primary responsibility will be to help facilitate day to day production and support of operations. You will partner with the area Manager to assist with ship floor management and has the opportunity to develop into a manager with a rapidly growing pharmaceutical manufacturer

Key Functions
  • Assists Operations Manager in execution of duties
  • Delivers operational improvements on key business projects, including updating weekly metrics and deliverables
  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement and challenging the status quo
  • Complete documentation of deviation events
  • Complete production batch record review (post- Production)
  • Coach and provide oversight on shop floor to identity potential issues before they arise and prevent deviations
  • Ownership of the Leader standardized work process which prioritizes resolution of issues from the shop floor and drives resolution through 8-step problem Solving and other Lean tools
  • Collaborate with peers on global teams to ensure a positive learning organization, alignment of strategy and sharing best practices
  • Mentor others on effective communication and active listening techniques to fully understand needs and expectations
  • Assist operations team and shop floor to with defining the requirements of the electronic batch record and successful implementation

  • Bachelor degree or higher, preferably in Science, Engineering, Business Administration, or another technical field

  • High School Diploma/GED with four years of relevant experience in manufacturing or military service

Experience | Skills | Knowledge

  • Demonstrated record of successfully working in team environments and influencing people with a broad range of skills and experience
  • Performance mindset to drive and influence behaviors on the floor
  • Self-motivation, ambition, resilience, and confidence in taking risk
  • Lean, Six Sigma problem solving skills coupled with a continuous improvement mindset
  • Ability to prioritize, focus on and obtain business results
  • Principled verbal and written communications
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Technical writing experience related to procedures and investigations
  • SAP, MES and Delta V experience is an advantage

Shift and Schedule
  • Work off-shifts and weekends as needed

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of biopharmaceuticalsworldwide. 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., Rahway, 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 ...

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us-and start making your impact today.


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Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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