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Operations Manager

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. At Merck & Co., Inc.'s manufacturing facility in Elkton, Virginia, we currently have a Manufacturing Operations Specialist / Shift Manager position available. Merck's Elkton campus is located in the Shenandoah Valley along the Shenandoah River and the Blue Ridge Mountains just a short distance from major state universities: University of Virginia and James Madison University. Our Manager positions support various manufacturing operations such as sterile pharmaceutical bulk, sterile filling, vaccines, biologics and organic synthesis. Responsibilities include overall production execution, management of unionized hourly workforce, and identification and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives.   Responsibilities include:   Manage unionized hourly employees and collaborate within a cross-functional team environment to ensure that daily manufacturing operations produce high quality product safely and on schedule. Work day/night rotating shifts, lead and coach team members of unionized workforce, plan-organize-prioritize-control-direct operations, solve problems, document first-responses for investigations and safety opportunities, write permits, perform lockout/tagout, lead shift start-up meetings, participate in daily operational review meetings, initiate batch sheet and procedure revisions, manage employee performance Identify, evaluate, plan, and execute continuous improvement projects to increase the team's effectiveness in meeting business goals including safety, quality, productivity, and reliability objectives. Lead and participate in safety, environmental, and quality audits and investigations and implementation of related corrective actions. Strive to develop self and others professionally Bachelor's degree in Business, Science, or Engineering with four years of relevant experience in manufacturing or the military High School Diploma/GED with six years of relevant experience in manufacturing or military service. Record of safely and effectively leading teams in the manufacture of high quality product Consistent demonstration of strong leadership, communication, interpersonal, teamwork, technical, and problem-solving skills Self-starter desire to excel personally and ability to motivate direct reports and peers to excel Working knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs). Background in vaccine, biologics, sterile, pharmaceutical or API manufacturing Experience with industrial scale fermentation or organic synthesis unit operations Eagerness to perform a wide variety of tasks to support the business. Lean, Six Sigma, KATA problem solving skills Training individuals in complex manufacturing / work environments Working knowledge of Delta V and SAP Management Relationships (experience working with unionized workforce a plus) Providing critical feedback and coaching, Conflict Resolution, Crucial Conversation, Progressive Discipline Experience in payroll and disability management systems Experience interacting with regulatory agencies during inspections    Qualifications Education:  Bachelor's degree in Business, Science, or Engineering with four years of relevant experience in manufacturing or the military  OR High School Diploma/GED with six years of relevant experience in manufacturing or military service  Required:  Record of safely and effectively leading teams in the manufacture of high quality product Consistent demonstration of strong leadership, communication, interpersonal, teamwork, technical, and problem-solving skills  Self-starter desire to excel personally and ability to motivate direct reports and peers to excel Preferred: Working knowledge of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) Background in vaccine, biologics, sterile, pharmaceutical or API manufacturing Experience with industrial scale fermentation or organic synthesis unit operations Eagerness to perform a wide variety of tasks to support the business Lean, Six Sigma, KATA problem solving skills  Training individuals in complex manufacturing / work environments  Working knowledge of Delta V and SAP Management Relationships (experience working with unionized workforce a plus) Providing critical feedback and coaching, Conflict Resolution, Crucial Conversation, Progressive Discipline Experience in payroll and disability management systems Experience interacting with regulatory agencies during inspections. Requisition ID: MAN005272
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
Less than 5 years

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