Associate Director, Biologics Drug Substance Operations:

West Point Pennsylvania
Requisition ID: CHE005776

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck Manufacturing Division, MMD, is a team of dedicated, energetic individuals who are committed to being the most trusted supplier of pharmaceuticals and health products worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, comprise an interdependent global manufacturing network that’s committed to delivering a compliant, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time, across the globe. 

The Associate Director provides project management and technical leadership to project execution using the Capital project business process from the business case development through project initiation and project execution.  The Associate Director collaborates as a member of the Integrated Project delivery Team with cross functional team members, plant operations personnel, contractors and is able to be the program manager responsible for the steering team activities.  Primary deliverables of the role includes managing the steering team, enabling an end-to-end integrated project schedule, enabling decision making, and managing stakeholder communication. In addition, the Associate Director will enable the completion of conceptual scope development, detailed design, peer reviews, equipment procurement / fabrication / installation, and commissioning and qualification, and close-out with varying degrees of responsibility.  Critical-to-Success in this role includes the ability to bring sound leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, and is a proven ability to develop and maintain technical knowledge in process engineering and commissioning & Qualification phases of the capital project. 

The Associate Director is also expected to develop and maintain technical knowledge in the respective area(s) of expertise and provides guidance and mentoring to other engineers in the region and others who are assigned to the project.  In this role, successful performance will depend on the schedule and budget adherence for the project, along with significant technical contributions to validation and startup activities.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Manages the steering team, enables timely decision making and communication. 
  • Enables front-end planning, evaluation of alternative solutions and preliminary designs for manufacturing facilities including detailed process design.
  • Provides technical guidance during project implementation, assures viability of technology in proposed configuration, adherence to company standards and practices, and is responsible for commissioning and qualification of process systems.
  • Liaises with other technical and quality functions to ensure successful technology transfers of new and in-line products.
  • Successful performance requires advance technical knowledge in own field, knowledge in a variety of other areas including new products, processes, systems and facilities, and imaginative and innovative approaches to new and diverse problems.
  • Maintains knowledge of current internal practices and industry trends and participates in professional organizations.
  • Supports all Quality and Safety initiatives.



  • Bachelors Degree or higher in chemical or mechanical engineering, biology or pharmaceutical sciences, or related field


  • Minimum of twelve (12) years of experience in Pharmaceutical / Biotech Industry with Capital Project Experience


  • Excellent project management skills 
  • Excellent analytical abilities and a solid base in engineering fundamentals
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills 

Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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