Senior Specialist, Operational Excellence (Lean Manufacturing):

Whitehouse Station West New Jersey
Requisition ID: BUS002490

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. 

Our ability to excel depends on the integrity, knowledge, imagination, skill, diversity and teamwork of people like you. To this end, we strive to create an environment of mutual respect, encouragement 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. Under the direction of the Merck Production System (MPS) Leader, the Senior Specialist will work on driving continuous improvement at the process and systems levels to ensure highest quality, shortest lead time and lowest cost through application of MPS principles utilizing the MPS Roadmap. 

As a member of MPS, the Senior Specialist will be responsible for but not limited to:

  • Utilizing MPS (Lean/Six Sigma) skills, tools and techniques to analyze and improve business processes enabling behavioral change 
  • Providing teaching and coaching to build self-sustaining Lean capabilities, realizing on-going improvement and cultural change in client organizations 
  • Providing leadership and guidance on the integration of MPS and to achieve business objectives 



  • BA/BS

Required : 

  • Minimum of 6 years of experience in manufacturing environment
  • Hands on experience with application of most of the lean methods and tools
  • Demonstrated application of culture and business change methodologies (CEM, Inclusion and BCCM) when realizing site and cross functional process improvement initiatives 
  • Outstanding influencing, listening, coaching and project management skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to build, lead and be member of high performing teams 
  • Excellent Analytical and Problem Solving Skills / Experience utilizing lean methods in a cross-functional environment
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to develop business case scenarios and business benefits
  • Ability to communicate with and influence all levels of the organization 
Preferred :

  • Ability to self-start lean related initiatives with no to little assistance from the MPS Lead 
  • Strong exposure and use of the Toyota Production System (TPS) methods 
  • Exceptional presentation and group facilitations 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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