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Merck Associate Director, Bio-Technology Solutions Platform Steward | Raw Materials in De Soto, Kansas

Job Description

A Platform Steward is the designated expert in one or more subject areas of vaccine/large molecule process science and will provide end-to-end support of manufacturing science and technology for both commercial products and pipeline vaccines with a global scope. The position resides within the Bio-Technology Solutions (BTS) Product and Platform Steward group and supports existing and manufacturing operations within our Company's Manufacturing Division.

This incumbent is expected to serve as a leading scientific expert providing guidance, recommendations and judgment for strategic technical issues and decisions pertaining to Raw Materials within large molecule Global Animal Health Manufacturing (GAHM). This position will not have employee management responsibilities. One of the key responsibilities for this role is end to end accountability and responsibilities for all large molecule Raw Material needs within manufacturing processes for different products and species at Global Animal Health Manufacturing (GAHM) sites worldwide.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as subject matter expert for large molecules Raw Materials throughout the GAHM organization

  • Collaborate as needed with research, process development, and internal/external manufacturing sites to support New Product Introductions, enabling on-time, right-first-time technology transfers

  • Serve as the single point of technical governance to the Research & Development, Supply Chain Management and Manufacturing Operations groups to manage all technical aspects (issue resolution and continuous improvement) pertaining to large molecule Raw Materials

  • Build and maintain strong and trusting relationships with R&D Species Leaders, Value Chain Leaders, site leaders, functional management, and other stakeholders to ensure effective communication of plans and issues

  • Stay abreast of scientific developments and trends in their designated subject area and participate in external industry/regulatory forums in order to maintain an industry-leading level of subject proficiency

  • Provide technical/scientific guidance and oversight to project teams that are doing process changes, process improvements or technology transfers to ensure scientific rigor

  • Provide technical/scientific guidance to major investigations related to their area of expertise, for example, investigations related to yield declines or stability trends

  • Establish company “best practices” and standards where appropriate as relate to their area of expertise

  • Develop recommendations and options for process improvements

Education Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a technical or scientific discipline such as Biology, Chemistry or Engineering

  • Preferred: PhD or advanced degree with specialization in a subject pertinent to vaccine/large molecule manufacture

Required Experience and Skills

  • At least seven years of relevant work experience in the pharmaceutical, biotech, or related industry

  • Commercial processes for vaccines/large molecules/small molecules is required, either in development or in technical support

  • Demonstrated problem solving, effective verbal and written communication

  • Strong scientific understanding of vaccine and/or biologic products and/or small molecule processes and their effective integration with relevant regulatory/GMP requirements

  • Ability to collaborate effectively, across functional boundaries, to align stakeholders and sponsors on technical strategies

  • Proficiency with pharmaceutical industry technical business processes, i.e. change control, deviation management, technical protocols/reports, and regulatory license documents

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to being the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. 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., 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 .





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No relocation

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Flex Time, Remote Work, Telecommuting


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Requisition ID: R90896