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Technical Director, Global Engineering Solutions

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation. 

The Technical Director operates under the guidance of the Technology Director supporting a line of business (e.g. Large Molecule, Small Molecule or Animal Health).  Small Molecule experience is highly desired. The individual collaborates with other Integrated Project Team (IPT) members (e.g., Project Management, Technology, Maintenance, Automation, Plant Operations and Safety), Engineering Firms and Vendors to lead projects and progress deliverables. The Director would be responsible for all aspects of engineering including;  planning, scope generation, process & facility design,  equipment selection, vendor interaction, skid design, factory acceptance testing, technology transfer, construction support, equipment qualification, facility start-up and process demonstrations.

The Director shall exhibit strong leadership, interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills for both decision making and guiding team members.   The candidate should have a strong understanding of the line of business, understand lean design and delivery, implement standard work and be able to lead technical areas and large capital projects from an end to end perspective.  The position will have significant influence on coaching internal and external resources.  Responsibilities may span multiple projects to capture synergies and coordination with equipment suppliers.  Flexibility with travel in excess of 50% and work location is also required.

Education Minimum Requirement:  

  • B.S. in Engineering or Applicable Science

Required Experience and Skills:

  • The candidate should have at least 10 years in leading large capital projects

  • This position will function as the Technical Lead/Process Engineer with prior experience supporting API, Oral Solid Dosage, Biologics, Vaccine or Sterile Projects.    Significant experience with engineering design, equipment operation, vendor interface, risk assessment, process safety and industry guidance is essential for delivery of assets and project realization. 

  • Project Size is anticipated to be >$100 MM.  The position will require technical oversight to junior engineers and resources from an engineering firm.

  • Experience with an equipment life cycle approach including specification, selection, testing & commissioning, troubleshooting and qualification

  • Strong understanding of modular approaches and skid design is essential.

  • Strong awareness of Quality Guidance and Industry Regulations.

  • Excellent collaboration and engagement as a team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Analytical and Problem Solving Skills

  • Project/Time Management skills which deliver on time and quality work.

  • Ability to travel, both domestic and international. 

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Interface with IPT members in support of Capital Project Delivery

  • Ability to assess multiple options and select a leading approach

  • Core knowledge should include specification of unit operations, P&ID development, Hazard Analysis, equipment operation, commissioning & qualification

  • Familiar with chemical handling, bio-safety, containment approaches in terms of solution development

  • Operating within cost and schedule constraints of project and department

  • Peer review across multiple projects

  • Maintaining knowledge of best practices & industry trends; may participate in professional/technical organizations.

  • Ensures that deliverables conform our Company standards and practices, and are technically sound

  • Liaises with other technical functions to ensure successful technology transfers of new and in-line products

  • Collaborates with contractors, suppliers and other team members in the execution of the work 

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. 

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.





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No relocation

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Flex Time, Remote Work


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Requisition ID:R9877

Technical Director, Global Engineering Solutions

West Point, PA
Full Time

Published on 09/19/2019