Associate Specialist Engineer:

Danville Pennsylvania
Requisition ID: CHE005761

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. 

This position will serve as technical support for an IPT (Integrated Process Team).  The incumbent will report to a Technical Lead or to a P2/P3 Engineer.  Work is closely supervised but requires full application of sound scientific principles, theories, concepts, and techniques.  The incumbent is expected to collect information and develop solutions to specific projects of limited scope. Responsibilities include, but not limited to providing daily technical support to the manufacturing areas, including the monitoring of key processing parameters, troubleshooting/resolution of manufacturing problems, demonstration of new and/or improved processes, project execution, assisting the manufacturing area in achieving productivity and financial targets, supporting efforts to maintain regulatory compliance, and focusing on improving the efficiency of the work environment. Plays a key role in assisting the manufacturing areas in achieving productivity/financial targets and in supporting manufacturing efforts to maintain regulatory compliance.  Job responsibilities may involve shift work at times.

Primary activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Follow standard procedures for routine operations.
  • Conduct investigations of quality deviation events and recommend action to prevent recurrence.  
  • Analysis of processing problems through analytical thinking and if necessary, the execution of laboratory/pilot scale experiments. 
  • Development of sound scientific justification for planned material, process, and equipment changes.
  • Technology transfer of products and processes to Merck Cherokee and customers worldwide.
  • Assists in documentation preparation, maintenance, review, and approval including SOP's, process descriptions, deviation process reports, validation documentation, and change requests. 
  • Participates in the Profit Improvement program by executing experiments and implementing project plans, as well team continuous improvement activities.
  • Work with IPT and operator teams to implement productivity improvement projects.  
  • Responsible for control/monitoring and update of product yield.  
  • Is knowledgeable of and enforces all GMPs, safety, and environmental regulations.  
  • Assist in audits and training in the area of responsibility.



  • Bachelors Degree or higher in Chemical Engineering or related engineering field


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, inter-personal skills, and a high degree of team skills.  


  • Manufacturing or technical support experience in a pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing environment.

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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