GMP Lab Manager, Analytical Development – Animal Health:

Rahway New Jersey
Requisition ID: PRE000634

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’s Animal Health (MAH) Division works to improve the health of animals around the world through collaborative partnerships and a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and planet. This team of energetic, independent thinkers offers one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species both domestically and internationally.  


Merck Animal Health, a global, research-driven company that develops, manufactures, and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services, is seeking Analytical Development Scientists for our R&D facility in New Jersey. This Senior Scientist will support the progression of molecules from discovery throughout the development process, transforming drug candidates into marketed products for Merck Animal Health, a company whose products enable pets and people to enjoy their time together and help keep livestock healthy to ensure a safe, sustainable, and high-quality food supply.

The professional in this position will: 

  • Support the analytical development of high priority drug candidates. 
  • Lead the newly formed GMP laboratory of the Rahway Merck Animal Health Organization 
    • Create and implement all GMP systems to ensure compliance of the newly formed laboratory – this includes all training, procedural and calibration SOP’s 
    • Help to recruit and on-board new employees to the group 
    • Develop a system where samples and workload are tracked and prioritized in the laboratory 
    • Collaborate with individuals at all levels across the organization to understand the technical and regulatory needs of programs in the portfolio 
    • Creating metrics to assess organizational efficiency and productivity
  • Maintain high-quality documentation, independently analyze and interpret data, and prepare technical reports – ensure data integrity. 
  • The candidate will have demonstrated good laboratory skills and a solid understanding of analytical and physical chemistry. 
  • This position requires the ability to work well in a highly collaborative environment as well as excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Opportunities are available for candidates with intermediate to advanced levels of experience. 
  • This individual will report to the director of the RY Analytical group and be a part of the organizational leadership team

With the direction of management, this position collaborates with key partner groups in the successful and efficient execution of project and department goals. Moreover, this individual will help develop junior staff and embrace cultural change to support and realize the strategic vision of the organization.


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • Masters degree or Ph.D. in Chemistry, Pharmacy or other scientific discipline

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 3 years previous pharmaceutical experience, preferably in a supervisory role.
  • Qualified candidates must have strong technical skills and a demonstrated track record of successfully contributing to the development of pharmaceutical raw materials/actives and/or drug products for animal or human health. 
  • Experience should include high proficiency in analytical laboratory techniques. 
  • Individual should have meaningful work experience in a GMP environment and a through understanding of GMP processes and SOP governance. 
  • Candidate should include at least one year of direct supervisory experience – and the demonstrated ability to balance work in an environment of changing priorities.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • The ideal candidate will have a personal drive for results and a demonstrated history of achievement in pharmaceutical research & development. 
  • The candidate should have strong oral and written communication skills, including experience authoring technical documents. 
  • An ability to multitask is important in this role. 
  • Attention to detail, customer focus, and continuous improvement are also important to this role.  

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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