Senior Manufacturing Automation Engineer Elkton, VA
Job Description Our Manufacturing Division, 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.
Our Manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have a Senior Manufacturing Automation Engineer position available. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their enthusiasm and technical skills as a member of a multidisciplinary team supporting the operation of pharmaceutical product manufacturing facilities.
Providing lead automation support for various manufacturing systems such as Programmable Logic Controllers , Distributed Control Systems and Original Equipment Manufacturer platforms.
Providing leadership for automation upgrade and new installation projects.
Evaluates automation systems and develops strategies to ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansion, replacement, or upgrade
Initiate and lead collaboration within the Operations, Quality and Technical organizations to resolve complex problems
Responsible for trouble-shooting challenging equipment / automation issues to improve manufacturing performance (yield, cycle time, reliability, etc.) and maintaining the automation systems in compliance with current Good Manufacturing Principles (cGMPs)
Responsibilities will potentially include providing automation support on various shifts and remote off-hour coverage support for trouble calls.
Must be willing to work closely with various site and central groups in order to ensure control systems are designed, implemented and maintained in a manner to ensure manufacturing requirements are met
Providing training and serving as a mentor for junior engineers
Designing solutions to ensure quality and stability of automation systems through future expansions, replacements, or upgrades.
Using 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.
Understand and support all cGMPs, safety, and environmental regulations.
Communicates daily with operation, technical, and quality representatives within area of support through the tier process.
Periodically reviews automation documents, performs preventive maintenance, and revises or develops automation Standard Operating Procedures.
Develops and supports corrective actions associated with automation related deviations/investigations
Communicates periodically with immediate supervisor about the status of area of responsibility
Participates in audits and training programs in the area of responsibility
On the floor trouble shooting support of manufacturing activities
Identifies and implements process/equipment improvements and manufacturing efficiencies
Maintains all system life cycle documentation
Education Minimum Requirement:
Bachelor's degree in Computer Systems, Chemical, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering, or Information technology
Required Experience and Skills:
Minimum of 7 years of experience supporting automated manufacturing as an automation engineer or system administrator
Experience with SIP, Decontamination, VHP, Clean Out of Place, CTU and Sterilization Validation
Biologics or vaccine manufacturing experience
Experience in Quality Operations and Technical Operations
Preferred Experience and Skills:
Experience with the following platforms is desired: OSI-PI, Infobatch, SQL, Emerson DeltaV, and Allen Bradley PLC.
Experience with VB, XML, XSL
Experience with data analysis or data mining
Batch Processing and S88 standard
Knowledge of GAMP standard
Knowledge of Lean six Sigma
A willingness to work as a contributing member of a dynamic team of individuals.
Who we are …
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.
We are an equal opportunity employer, Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran - proudly embracing diversity in all of its manifestations.
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