Packaging / Component Engineering Lead:

Wilson North Carolina
Requisition ID: PAC000265

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. 

As the primary US packaging site for Merck's Global Pharmaceutical Operations organization, the Wilson team is seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a Packaging/Component Engineering Lead (Senior Specialist, Engineering).  The Packaging/Component Engineering Lead will provide leadership and technical oversight to the site component engineering team.  This team will be responsible for providing packaging and component engineering capabilities to the site focused on effective component life cycle management and packaging continuous improvement.  This position will report to the IPT leader (Operations Director) and will have frequent interaction with other business units at the site  as well as external suppliers, packaging commercialization, and global support functions.  The team will also support other process improvement engineering activities at the site as well as quality risk management.

    • Working leader of a small packaging / component engineering team (2-3 professional staff) 
    • Makes sound recommendations to support component consistency, cost effectiveness, and reliability 
    • Provides leadership and technical guidance related to packaging components to team members and colleagues 
    • Recognizes opportunities for continuous improvement, anticipates customer needs, identifies and implements solutions 
    • Possesses strong problem solving skills and business systems knowledge; collaborates with peers to resolve problems that cross into inter-related units and uses lean manufacturing principles to implement sustainable solutions
    • Troubleshoot line issues potentially related to component performance
    • Assist with design transfer process from packaging commercialization team
    • Support quality risk management assessments related to packaging operations and components
    • Participate in Design Requirements Specifications, Design Reviews, Review of Purchase Specs and Functional Spec.  
    • Participate on FATs and execution of IQ/OQ/PQ with focus on component interaction and packaging system integrity
    • Work with component vendors to develop new/test components and initiate distribution studies
    • Coordinate spec changes for components with change control team and align Quality Standards to maintain consistent performance
    • Primary site  liaison to above site Packaging Technical Operations team providing input to upcoming changes and strategic initiatives
    • Support  Technical Operations in equipment/component interaction assessments and qualifications
    • Partner with Procurement and Supplier Management teams for supplier performance monitoring, technical assessments, and new vendor introduction
    • Provide technical SME support for deviations and customer complaints 
    • Troubleshoot line issues potentially related to component performance
    • Technical support to set and improve run standards based on component capability and variability
    • Directly supports regulatory inspections and audits 
    • Leads the team and others by providing direction and principle-based guidance
    • Ensures team compliance to corporate, site, and departmental procedures designed to ensure cGMP and EHS compliance
    • Outstanding communication skills
    • Take on project management opportunities by leading and participating in process improvement and key business initiatives
    • Creates a culture of inclusiveness and consistency, ensuring consistent application of site policies and performance expectations



  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in packaging engineering (or mechanical engineering degree with relevant packaging experience) 


  • Minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience supporting high volume GMP packaging operations
  • Thorough working knowledge of cGMP and of regulatory requirements as they apply to pharmaceutical packaging and distribution
  • Highly motivated and possessed excellent interpersonal, problem solving, and technical skills.      


  • Experience with formal problem solving techniques such as root cause analysis and/or Lean Six Sigma
  • Project management skills and experience implementing projects
  • Technical writing and document review experience (deviations, change requests, standard operating procedures, protocols, etc.)

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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