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Senior Automation Specialist, SCADA Systems


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Job Title: Senior Automation Specialist, SCADA Systems  - AUT000148


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.


The SCADA Systems Sr. Specialist will fill a new, key role at the Elkhorn facility in support and development of the site’s SCADA and Computerized Process Control Systems. The position will be responsible for developing a central SCADA Process Control System to integrate with new and existing Human Machine Interface, as well as equipment level PLC control systems. The Sr. Specialist will also be responsible for development and spread of the existing Andover Building Management System (BMS).

The SCADA Systems Sr. Specialist will be responsible for developing requirements for new systems, back up maintenance, user training, and upgrade project management. The Sr. Specialist will also be responsible for Change Control of all Computerized Process Control on the site.

Duties and Responsibilities;

  • Develop, Specify, and Manage a SCADA systems upgrade project.
  • Maintain and support Process Vision Systems; including Cognex and Systech systems.
  • Provide and/or oversee integration activities between SCADA, PLC, HMI, Vision, and Data Collection systems.
  • Maintain and support the integrated Serialization Vision System (Systech).
  • Support the Shop Floor Network.
  • Open and track Change Controls through the process to closing.
  • Develop Charter / A3 documents to gain project alignment for project activities.
  • Develop User Requirement Specifications for project and change control activities.
  • Develop and Execute Commissioning, Qualification, and Validation protocols for testing of system changes and upgrades.
  • Train user groups on the efficient and effective use of their system interfaces and required applications.
  • Develop and update SOPs.
  • Attend and execute Equipment Vendor Factory Acceptance Testing and Site Acceptance Testing.
  • Oversee Automation contractors and consultants.
  • Develop User Requirement Specifications (URS), Functional Requirement Specifications (FRS), and Detailed Design Specifications (DDS) for small projects.
  • Review and approve URS, FRS, and DDS specifications developed by outside providers.

• Limited off shift work may be required to meet project, operations, and qualification needs.



  • Associates Degree or higher.


  • Knowledge of Rockwell and Wonderware software systems.
  • Knowledge of PC use and ability to use various software programs as required.
  • MS Office (Excel, Word, Visio, Outlook, etc.)



  • Computer Networking
  • Ability to use various hand held measuring devices.
  • Ability to sit, stand and walk for up to 8 hours or more per day.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs. on a limited basis.
  • Climb stairs and ladders to access equipment components.
  • Ability to work at a computer to accomplish requirements above.
  • Capable of working in unconditioned spaces at times .

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 Automation and Maintenance

Primary Location NA-US-NE-Elkhorn

Other Locations 

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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