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Technician, Operations (Mon-Thurs 1st shift)($1,000 Sign On Bonus available for New External Hires)

Job Description

New hires based in the US & Puerto Rico will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious exemption or accommodation to this vaccination requirement, subject to applicable law.

$1,000 Sign-On Bonus available for New External Hires. The sign-on bonus will be paid within your first regularly scheduled paycheck.”

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.

Position Description:

The Operations Technician position is available at our Animal Health facility in Elkhorn, Nebraska, located on the West end of Omaha.  The Elkhorn facility is expanding operations to manufacture animal vaccines and biologics. Looking for talented individuals to join our Production teams using key technologies for cell culture, filling and packaging. 

The Operations Technician is responsible for critical laboratory procedures and duties in the production of veterinary products.  Technicians work with a variety of technical equipment while completing duties involved in blending, filling vials or packaging finished products for distribution.   At all times technicians must follow Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and adhere to all safety and company policies while performing assigned duties.  Some of the duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Understand and follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Outlines of Production. 

  • Understand and comply with cGMP guidelines and complete and review documentation for accuracy and completeness.

  • Prepare media and perform necessary cleaning/disinfecting of equipment and laboratories. 

  • Work in a clean, aseptic environment (clean room environment). 

  • Operate lab equipment including pumps, centrifuges, roller racks and miscellaneous instruments.

  • Clean, wrap, and sterilize laboratory equipment.

  • Assist in antigen processing or serial batching equipment set up, sterilization, and operation.

  • Perform aseptic procedures during antigen processing or serial batching operations.

  • Operate automated packaging line, fill machines, capping machines, freeze dryers, autoclaves, dry heat ovens, etc. in accordance with standard operating procedures.

  • Maintain concurrent records including manufacturing directions, log sheets, and all other pertinent documents.

  • Assist in monitoring and requisitioning laboratory supplies.

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • High School Degree.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Basic Math aptitude

  • Strong work ethic

  • Ability to lift 50lbs on an intermittent basis

  • Attention to detail

  • Ability to follow approved documentation practices

  • 1-2 years relevant experience working in a production laboratory

  • Ability to work in a team environment

  • Basic computer skills (Word/Outlook/Excel)

  • Ability to follow Good Manufacturing Practices and Standard Operating Procedures

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • 2-3 years relevant manufacturing experience and a basic understanding of manufacturing procedures, techniques and equipment

  • Working knowledge of cGMP and inventory control concepts (strongly preferred).

  • Understanding of aseptic techniques and procedures.

  • College degree in a relevant scientific field (biology / chemistry, life science).

  • Experience in large scale bacterial antigen processing and serial batching.

  • Experience using SAP®

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 …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, 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 …

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.

Invent. Impact. Inspire.


In accordance with Managers' Policy - Job Posting and Employee Placement, all employees subject to this policy are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) months of service in current position prior to applying for open positions.

If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.


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We are proud to be a company that embraces the value of bringing diverse, talented, and committed people together. The fastest way to breakthrough innovation is when diverse ideas come together in an inclusive environment. We encourage our colleagues to respectfully challenge one another’s thinking and approach problems collectively. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace.

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Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., Kenilworth, NJ, USA, does not accept unsolicited assistance from search firms for employment opportunities. All CVs / resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our company without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our company.  No fee will be paid in the event a candidate is hired by our company as a result of an agency referral where no pre-existing agreement is in place. Where agency agreements are in place, introductions are position specific. Please, no phone calls or emails. 

Employee Status:



No relocation

VISA Sponsorship:


Travel Requirements:

No Travel Required

Flexible Work Arrangements:

Not Specified


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Requisition ID:R151066

Technician, Operations (Mon-Thurs 1st shift)($1,000 Sign On Bonus available for New External Hires)

Omaha, NE
Full Time

Published on 01/15/2022

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