Shutdown Maintenance Planner:
Merck USA

Merck USA
Elkton Virginia
Requisition ID: MAI000680

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. 

At Merck & Co., Inc.’s manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we have a Shutdown Maintenance Planner position supporting the Processing Areas available. The plant is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains, a short distance from major state universities: University of Virginia and James Madison University.   

The Shutdown Maintenance Planner is a knowledgeable, technical resource within the maintenance organization. The individual in this role is responsible for the development and execution of the detailed shutdown schedule for multiple facilities.  Additionally, the SMP will assist in the development, planning and coordinating of a preventative maintenance program along with assisting in the planning and coordination of major equipment repairs.

The successful candidate will also act as the administrative lead for the area Data Integrators.    

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and work closely with Maintenance, Operations, Scheduling, and Engineering stakeholders.

Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensures all relevant shutdown activities are captured and shutdown events are planned and executed in line with the shutdown management process.
  • Liaising with peer Planners, production planning team, project team, as well as the maintenance team to ensure alignment of shutdown events with the integrated activity plan.
  • Coordinate and lead shutdown planning meetings.
  • Develop and publish shutdown charts/schedule.
  • Active involvement in all aspect of work order management processes including resource allocation, material allocation, task list creation and maintenance plan reviews.
  • Participation in shutdowns on site including updating the plan at the end of each shift.
  • Other duties as required by the area Maintenance Lead.



  • High School Diploma/GED and a minimum of eight (8) years of experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments. 
  • Associate’s degree in engineering (mechanical, chemical, or similar discipline) or related scientific field (chemistry, physics, math) and a minimum of six (6) years of experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments.
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in engineering (mechanical, chemical, or similar discipline) or related scientific field (chemistry, physics, math) and a minimum of four (4) years of experience in Manufacturing, Maintenance or Military environments.


  • Experience in planning shutdowns for multiple facilities
  • Experience in manufacturing scheduling in a regulated environment (pharmaceutical, food, nuclear, etc.), minimum of 4 years
  • Experience using MS Project or other project planning software and Gantt charts
  • Experience working with a Computerized Calibration Management System (CMMS) (e.g., SAP, Maximo)


  • Maintenance planning certification
  • Knowledge industrial electrical, mechanical, and/or utility systems
  • Experience with SAP Plant Maintenance as a CMMS

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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Company Trade Name: Merck
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