Mar 19, 2019

Technician, Operations

  • Merck
  • De Soto, KS, US

Job Description

Requisition ID: PRO019070

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. 

This 1st shift Technician position is available at the Merck Animal Health facility in De Soto, Kansas, located near Kansas City metropolitan area. The DeSoto facility is expanding operations to manufacturing vaccines and biologics for large and companion animals. Leveraging an experienced and innovative team environment, the key technologies at the site are biologics production using fermentation and cell culture platforms, filling and packaging.

The De Soto facility is part of the global Merck Animal Health Manufacturing Division (MMD) network and is a key contributor to the manufacturing of animal health products.

Initially working within the Fermentation/Downstream processing team you will learn the manufacturing processes associated with the large scale manufacture of M.Hyo antigen as well as be expected to be able to contribute to the daily completion and schedule adherance of other production activities within the team. Upon completion of the new production suite you will transfer to the new department. The antigen manufacturing operation is made up of teams that carry out the production activities for the preparation and sterilization of equipment, preparation and sterilization of media components, fermentation of bacterial antigens, downstream processing of bacterial antigens and serial batching of antigens to blend the final vaccines prior to sterile filling.

The M.Hyo Department will be responsible for the end to end production of M.Hyo antigen at De Soto, which is a key component of swine vaccines manufactured at the site. Primary tasks for the team will include fermentation activities from breakout to large scale fermentation, set up and operation of single use bioreactors (SUBs) and single use mixing vessels (SUMs) and downstream processing of M.Hyo antigen using ultrafiltration methods.

The position requires requires someone who can demonstrate a good attention to detail and achieve a consistent error-free execution of daily job responsibilities, be able to complete documentation using Good Documentation Practices and be able to identify opportunities for process improvement and employ basic problem solving skills.


Education Minimum Requirement:

  • High School Diploma.

Preferred Education Requirement:
  • Associates degree or equivalent in a Science or engineering discipline.

Required Experience and Skills:
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to follow/comply with Manufacturing Directions, Standard Operating Procedures, Company/Corporate/Regulatory Policies. 
  • Can demonstrate basic skills in effective time management to meet given deadlines.
  • Can demonstrate ability to perform basic laboratory procedures.
  • Can demonstrate ability to work effectively with team members and show initiative to support others on the team when needed.
  • Proficient computer skills including MS Word and MS Excel.
  • Successful completion of Physical Abilities Test

Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Experience working in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience working with fermentation and/or set up and operation of single use bioreactors (SUBs) preferred
  • A good understanding of aseptic processes used in manufacturing.
  • Experience using quality improvement tools and continuous improvement processes and site quality metrics.

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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Job: Production / Operator
Other Locations:
Employee Status: Regular
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time
Number of Openings: 2
Shift (if applicable): 1st
Hazardous Materials: Acids, NaOH, BEI, BEA, Thiomersal, Formalin, steam, IPA, cleaning detergents.
Company Trade Name: Merck

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