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Merck IT Technical Analyst - Automation in De Soto, Kansas

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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.

Our IT team operates as a business partner proposing ideas and innovative solutions that enable new organizational capabilities. We collaborate internationally to deliver the services and solutions that help everyone to be more productive and enable innovation.

The IT Technical Analyst - Automation will work as a member of the IT team at Midwest regional Animal Health manufacturing sites (Ames, IA; De Soto, KS; Elkhorn, NE; Worthington, MN). The TA will support the modernization of core shop floor systems to provide better standardization and resiliency in our AH manufacturing sites, and to drive business strategies and analytics. This includes the digitization and automation of solutions like data historians, process control and automation systems, as well as plant and facilities management solutions. This position will also support the operational integrity of the solutions, including systems life cycle methodology documents, standard operating procedures, change management and data integrity.

This position will work closely with various project implementation teams that include Platform Leads, Automation Engineers and Architecture and Infrastructure teams for overall solution implementation. The candidate must also be able to function independently and have excellent communication skills while being accountable for quality of work product and on-time delivery.

Day to day activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership – Support, design and implement strategic, aligned and compliant solutions to support business initiatives. Support the leadership vision, strategy and policy for building a high performance engagement model with the business units.

  • Relationships - Build exceptional relationships with stakeholders which are focused on meeting the business needs.

  • Global - Ensure that the solutions are aligned with Animal Heath IT platforms and support our company strategy.

  • Diversity - Respect diversity on project teams, different perspectives, ideas, knowledge while working towards a common goal.

  • Change Management - Adopt high quality change management practices with customers and stakeholders, and implement solutions that are sustainable. Be a role model of our company leadership behaviors.

  • Develop domain expertise in key supply chain and manufacturing business processes, systems, and data.

  • Support standardization of data historian implementation, aligned with both the deployment of new or upgraded manufacturing assets and the retrofit of integration with existing automated assets.

  • Align with sites to implement modernization projects as part of a broader Animal Health Resiliency program based on approved scope and timeline.

  • Apply standard systems life cycle and other IT processes/methods, practices and techniques to deliver process integration solutions.

  • Build strong partnerships with platform groups, IT Hubs, and others in support of resiliency and modernization objectives.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in software engineering, computer science or related field.

  • 1 + years of related work experience with demonstrated ability to deliver IT solutions.

  • 1 + years relevant work experience with manufacturing/supply chain IT platform areas

  • Understanding of shop floor systems like data historian software tools.

Preferred Skills:

  • SAP ECC and OSIsoft PI knowledge.

  • Eagerness and high energy to observe our company’s leadership behaviors, especially network leadership and a culture of collaboration.

  • Knowledge of interfacing to manufacturing automation systems.

  • Ability to develop new opportunities & build/justify business cases.

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate at all levels within the organization.

  • Ability to work in a global matrix organization spanning multiple geographic regions.

  • A team player who places great emphasis on collective achievements and team diversity.

  • Ability to engage with software vendors and third party solutions integrators.

  • Experience with Systems Development Lifecycle Methodology (SDLC).

  • Experience with implementing solutions in a GxP-regulated environment.

Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 25% travel. Primarily to Mid West regional sites.

Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.

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 …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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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Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination

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.

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Requisition ID: R149269