Senior Process Engineer

Senior Process Engineer

Job Description

The Ames, IA facility is part of our Company’s global Animal Health Manufacturing and Supply Division (MSD) network and is a key contributor to the manufacturing of animal health products. The vaccine manufacturing operation is made up of teams that carry out the production activities for the preparation and sterilization of equipment, preparation of media components, cell culture and downstream processing of RNA-based vaccines, including formulation and filling of final product. The location is looking to add a key leadership role that will support the growth and maintenance of vaccine production operations.  The Senior Process Engineer’s responsibilities will include capital project planning and execution and facilities maintenance.  In addition, this person will be key to the site’s continuous improvement strategy.  Prior experience in a biotech industry is critical, as this role will provide technical advisement to process and facility design.  This is a small, but innovative and quickly growing site, and the ability to work across multiple functions will be required to be successful.

Key competencies include:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of biologics production processes and associated equipment.
  • Apply knowledge to streamline production processes and minimize downtime.
  • Understand and incorporate relevant GMPs.
  • Work with site leadership to develop and execute the growth strategy.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • At least a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science, or related areas of study.
  • Minimum 6 years post-bachelor’s degree experience in USDA 9CFR or GMP manufacturing and/or technical support of USDA 9CFR or GMP manufacturing operations (or M.S. degree plus 4 years; PhD degree plus 2 years).
  • Highly developed communication, leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to manage projects to schedule and budget.
  • Understanding of strategic planning and resource management.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Advanced degree (M.S., PhD) in science or engineering (Chemical).
  • Experience in biologics, vaccine or bulk sterile manufacturing facilities.
  • Six Sigma and/or Lean certification.
  • Regulatory inspection presentation experience with external regulatory authority representatives.

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is committed to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA is known as “Merck” in the United States, Canada & Puerto Rico. We are known as “MSD” in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America & Asia Pacific. We are a global biopharmaceutical leader with a diverse portfolio of prescription medicines, oncology, vaccines and animal health products.

We are driven by our purpose to develop and deliver innovative products that save and improve lives. With 69,000 employees operating in more than 140 countries, we offer state of the art laboratories, plants and offices that are designed to Inspire our employees as we learn, develop and grow in our careers. We are proud of our 125 years of service to humanity and continue to be one of the world’s biggest investors in Research & Development.

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.





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Employee Status: Regular

Relocation: Domestic

VISA Sponsorship: No

Travel Requirements: 10%

Flexible Work Arrangements: Not Specified

Shift: 1st – Day

Valid Driving License: Yes

Hazardous Material(s):

Number of Openings: 1

Requisition ID:R51281

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Posted on

May 10, 2020