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Merck Associate Director, Packaging Engineer in Rahway, New Jersey

Job Description

Our Engineers support internal and external manufacturing operations remain operational, continuously improve and innovate. With our extensive range of facilities and environments, our Engineers have opportunities across many diverse areas including Biological, Chemical, Automation, Capital Projects, Maintenance, Safety, Process Development, Technical Services, Utilities and Validation.]]

Position Description:

The Associate Director, Engineering, Packaging Commercialization will report to the Director of Packaging Commercialization (solids and specialty devices). The successful candidate will focus on new product package development for delivery of traditional pharmaceuticals (oral solid dosage, oral powders, and suspensions) as well as input to primary packaging for the drug component and secondary packaging of medical device and combination products.

Through participation on an integrated development and supply team, the successful candidate will collaborate with peers in formulation and analytical development as well as Supply Chain and Marketing to provide technical guidance during the development of primary, secondary and tertiary packaging for new oral solid products and specialty devices. Packaging responsibilities include selection of primary packaging material, determination of package images to support commercialization as well as coordination of shipping distribution studies to test robustness of packages. The successful candidate will author packaging specifications for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging as well as relevant sections of NDA’s, WMA’s, and JNDA’s as well as interface with Packaging Site Operations on development line trials, and Packaging Qualification.

The successful candidate will have strong technical, analytical, and problem solving skills to aid in assessing technical, regulatory, and business risks and benefits for complex projects while leading cross-functional teams both internally and externally in a fast paced environment.

Position Qualifications:

Education Minimum Requirement:

  • The successful candidate will have completed at least a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Packaging Science/Engineering, or Pharmaceutical Science with 8+ years of relevant experience.

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Understanding of pharmaceutical development process and ability to design, develop, and test primary and secondary packaging components

  • Understanding of Medical Device and Combination Product regulations

  • Understanding of the use of Design of Experiments (DOE) and Risk Assessment tools

  • Experience in leading cross-functional groups both internally and externally

  • Project management experience and ability to provide technical leadership for complex projects while managing multiple projects in a fast paced environment

  • Technical communication skills (both verbal and written)

  • Knowledge of current US, and global Regulations, ICH guidance, ISO standards, and quality system regulations for pharmaceutical packaging

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Direct people management and behavior coaching experience

Our Manufacturing & Supply Division is dedicated to be the most trusted supplier of bio-pharmaceuticals worldwide. Our facilities, along with our external contractors, suppliers, and partners, create a reliable global manufacturing network that’s devoted to delivering a high quality, reliable supply to customers and patients on time, every time.

Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

In a world of rapid innovation, we seek brave Inventors who want to make an Impact in all aspects of our business, enabling breakthroughs that will affect generations to come. We encourage you to bring your disruptive thinking, collaborative spirit and diverse perspective to our organization. Together we will continue Inventing For Life, Impacting Lives while Inspiring Your Career Growth .





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Requisition ID: R95009