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Merck Senior Specialist, GES Merck Production Systems (MPS) CoE in West Point, Pennsylvania

Job Description

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of an individual like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, inclusion and teamwork. As part of our global team, you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with talented and dedicated colleagues while developing and expanding your career.


Global Engineering Solutions (GES) is responsible for delivering capital projects with innovative technology and engineering solutions for our customers to reach the required business outcomes. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities to impact diverse areas within the Large Molecule, Small Molecule/API, and Animal Health spaces, including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation. A key function of how we design and deliver these solutions is our Production Systems (MPS) – an integrated production system for how we design, build, manage, and continuously improve our operations and supporting business processes, enabled through the development of our people. With MPS as the foundation for how we manufacture success, GES MPS is responsible for partnering with the GES integrated project teams and external partners to ensure the projects we execute are designed with key MPS principles to enable long term operability (operational excellence).

Under the direction of the GES MPS Leader, the Sr. Specialist will work with the GES integrated project teams (Business Integration, Technology Center, Global Delivery, Project Business Support, End-to-End Solutions) as well as key stakeholders including Technical Operations, Operations, Supply Chain, and Quality partners across all business units to optimally design new facilities and technology solutions in support of both pipeline and in-line products utilizing MPS methodology and tools. The Sr. Specialist will work with minimal supervision on driving improvement and right-first-time design at the project and systems level to ensure the highest quality, shortest lead time, and lowest cost. The role will have significant exposure to our Manufacturing Division Capital Management Process, GES Asset Delivery Process, and shape application of World Class Supply Chain Design principles to the Front-End Loading Design (FEL) phases through Start-up Readiness. Due to the nature of the work, accelerated timelines and diversity of sites, current expected travel will be around 25% (subject to change as travel restrictions vary).

Responsibilities & Capabilities:

  • Utilize various tools, techniques, and ways of thinking in conjunction with the House of MPS to design, analyze, and improve process and facility designs on assigned projects to deliver simple, reliable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions

  • Support process design from FEL 0 through FEL3, as well as Start-up Readiness, as a key member of GES integrated project teams, including MPS support on developing management systems required for project delivery

  • Provide teaching and coaching to effectively transfer Lean skills across project teams and continuously develop their knowledge of MPS and its application to our work. Design and lead multiple project workshops for information gathering, development of optimal solutions, and relationship building with project teams

  • Provide coaching and leadership around improving GES business processes including systems enabling project design and execution

  • Able to engage and coach GES project teams and stakeholders/clients at all levels to ensure we are designing solutions to meet highest standards around OA, changeover, facility layout and process design for successful long-term operability

  • Manage teams to mitigate risk, allocate resources, and drive on time completion of initiatives

  • Mentor others on effective communication and active listening techniques to fully understand client/customer needs and expectations

  • Proactively recognize and mitigate barriers to initiatives

  • Promote a culture of continuous improvement and challenging the status quo

  • Build trust and develop new relationships with internal and external clients to effectively collaborate and achieve successful outcomes

Required Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Engineering Degree desired or in a related field

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in manufacturing, engineering, or consulting environments

  • Hands-on application of Lean tools and techniques: standardized work, scientific problem solving, value stream mapping, mistake proofing, 5S-Visual Factory

  • Lean application experience, understanding and successful application of TPS critical thinking skills

  • Experience applying consultative skills: ability to influence decision making, ability to interact with all levels of the business (senior leaders to shop floor working teams), project management skills, solid business acumen, proven team building skills, exceptionally good listening skills, results oriented, strong analytical skills, and prior process improvement experience

  • Coaching, Teaching, and driving a High Performance Organization. Proven experience in coaching and teaching others to think, behave and apply lean methods and tools

  • Exceptional group facilitation & capability build skills – willing to speak up and interject to keep teams on track to a common goal

  • Experience enabling and leveraging diverse perspectives, talents, etc. to achieve business outcomes

  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills

  • Developing business acumen to support business case analysis

Preferred Experience:

  • Use of the Toyota Business Practice (8 Step) for problem solving

  • Training in Lean based on the Toyota Production System (TPS)

  • Obtained Yellow belt, Green belt, and/or Black belt

  • Experience utilizing MPS in a cross-functional environment is preferred

  • Experience analyzing complex end-to-end supply chains and driving process improvement

  • Excellent skills using IT applications to organize and analyze date (MS-Access, MS-Excel, Minitab, Power BI), Coding knowledge in MS Excel or related application is a plus

  • Experience in operations management, manufacturing, or related disciplines

  • Experience in a Vaccines or Sterile pharmaceutical environment


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.

Employees working in roles that the Company determines require routine collaboration with external stakeholders, such as customer-facing commercial, or research-based roles, will be expected to comply not only with Company policy but also with policies established by such external stakeholders (for example, a requirement to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to access a facility or meet with stakeholders). Please understand that, as permitted by applicable law, if you have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and an essential function of your job is to call on external stakeholders who require vaccination to enter their premises or engage in face-to-face meetings, then your employment may pose an undue burden to business operations, in which case you may not be offered employment, or your employment could be terminated. Please also note that, where permitted by applicable law, the Company reserves the right to require COVID-19 vaccinations for positions, such as in Global Employee Health, where the Company determines in its discretion that the nature of the role presents an increased risk of disease transmission.

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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.

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U.S. Hybrid Work Model

Effective September 5, 2023, employees in office-based positions in the U.S. will be working a Hybrid work consisting of three total days on-site per week, generally Tuesday, Wednesday and either Monday or Thursday, although the specific days may vary by site or organization, with Friday designated as a remote-working day, unless business critical tasks require an on-site presence. This Hybrid work model does not apply to, and daily in-person attendance is required for, field-based positions; facility-based, manufacturing-based, or research-based positions where the work to be performed is located at a Company site; positions covered by a collective-bargaining agreement (unless the agreement provides for hybrid work); or any other position for which the Company has determined the job requirements cannot be reasonably met working remotely. Please note, this Hybrid work model guidance also does not apply to roles that have been designated as “remote”.

Under New York State, Colorado State, Washington State, and California State law, the Company is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this job. Final determinations with respect to salary will take into account a number of factors, which may include, but not be limited to the primary work location and the chosen candidate’s relevant skills, experience, and education.

Expected salary range:

$111,400.00 - $175,300.00

Available benefits include bonus eligibility, health care and other insurance benefits (for employee and family), retirement benefits, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days. For Washington State Jobs, a summary of benefits is listed here (https://www.benefitsatmerck.com/) .

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Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, USA, also known as Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC, Rahway, 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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No relocation

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Requisition ID: R288345