SPO Operator Level 2 (3rd Shift):

West Point Pennsylvania
Requisition ID: USW001830

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 125-year legacy. 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.

Essential functions, equipment used and duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:


Performs all duties/functions of SPO Operator – Level 2, as required
In addition to the duties/functions of SPO Operator – Level 2, includes, but not limited to:
  • Completing lyp cabinet operations 
  • Operating manual, automatic, and semi-automatic packaging equipment 
  • Performs set-up, troubleshooting, and minor repairs of various equipment as necessary to complete operations 
  • Uses computer systems to operate equipment where necessary
  • Operates all equipment as specified for SPO Operator – Level 2, as required.
  • In addition to operating equipment as specified for SPO Operator – Level 2, includes, but not limited to:
  • Steam sterilization equipment
  • Thaw baths
  • Lyophilization cabinets
  • Inspection, labeling, packaging and material handling tools and equipment associated with packaging. 
  • Capable of performing the following duties of SPO Operator – Level 2.
  • In addition to the duties specified for SPO Operator – Level 2, includes, but not limited to:
  • Runs equipment for various size containers, stoppers, caps and other packaging components as required. Makes minor adjustments to equipment to clear jams as necessary, and communicates issues or problems to technicians or supervisors
  • Completes all required log sheets, batch records (including, but not limited to 2nd person reviews, sampling and accountability calculations), training rosters and other documentation as required, with adherence to Right First Time (RFT) accountability. 
  • Interfaces with departmental computer systems/databases (i.e. PCL entries, start/end batches, etc.) and timely accurate SAP transactions as necessary. 
  • Perform in-process testing/monitoring via paper or electronic systems (dose/seal checks, leak checks, broken glass checks, standards/challenges, reconstitution, control boards/charts, etc.).
  • Sets up and operates steam and dry heat sterilizers including computer interface operations. 
  • Assembles equipment and performs washing and cleaning of components and equipment. 
  • Prepares Lyo cabinets for operations including computer interface operations and manual cleaning. 
  • Operates Lyo cabinets and perform loading and unloading. 
  • Coordinates activities required to manage inventory of supplies, components, and equipment to meet production schedules. 
  • Ensures materials are organized, stored, segregated, and staged for production operations. 
  • Sets up, operates and troubleshoots packaging equipment including making minor repairs as necessary.

  • High School Diploma/GED or higher
  • Minimum of 6 months’ experience in cGMP
  • Minimum of 6 months’ of independently interacting with computer interfaces, troubleshooting machinery and equipment
  • Successful completion of SPO Operator – Level 2 Aptitude Test

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.


If you need an accommodation for the application process please email us at staffingaadar@merck.com.


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Employee Status: Regular
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Company Trade Name: Merck
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