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Associate Director, Quality Operations


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Job Title: Associate Director, Quality Operations  - QUA006120


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 Animal Health, 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. 


Manage teams responsible for Quality Systems, Quality Control and/or Quality Assurance at mutlitple sites.


Solve complex problems and acts as a resource for colleagues across multiple areas

Lead teams or large projects and apply business skills related to building working relationships, forecasting, planning and cost control.

Instill and maintain robust safety and quality culture

Collaborate with other teams to ensure both internal and external customer needs are met

Use Lean Manufacturing tools for effective problem solving and continuous improvements

Proactively elevate any issues impacting safety, quality, or delivery goals

Perform in-depth investigations and write and maintain CAPA's (Corrective Action Preventative Action)

Fill in for the Quality Director as needed to ensure Midwest region is performing and related projects are on track.

Monitor area's performance metrics, making adjustments as necessary to ensure compliance

Ensure area personnel are properly trained on SOPs, Compliance, procedures, etc.

Complete annual performance/compensation process for direct reports; Aid staff in goal setting and identifying annual development plans. 



Education Minimum Requirement:

Bachelor of Science Degree in a scientific discipline or equivalent.

Required Experience and skills:

Ten years previous experience in Quality to include QA and QC.

Five years in a leadership role.

Ability to work in a aseptic processing environment.

Proven experience using Lean Manufacturing tools for problem solving and process improvements.

Animal Vaccine USDA experience.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

Master level degree in a Science/Business field.

Five plus years experience managing a team responsible for Quality Control and/or Quality Assurance.

Expertise in SAP.

Animal vaccine EU/GMP experience.


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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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


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Job Quality Operations

Primary Location NA-US-NE-Elkhorn

Other Locations 

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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