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Senior Downstream Processing Technician - Vaccine Manufacturing


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Job Title: Senior Downstream Processing Technician - Vaccine Manufacturing  - MAN004332


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 125-year legacy. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck’s Animal Health (MAH) division works to improve the health of animals around the world through collaborative partnerships and a deep sense of responsibility towards our customers, consumers, animals, society, and our planet. This team of energetic, independent thinkers offers one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios of products, services, and technologies that serve to prevent, treat, and control diseases across all major farm and companion animal species both domestically and internationally.

This position is responsible for Blending and Formulating Vaccine batches for final filling in careful compliance with established operating procedures. Perform other departmental duties as required – i.e. cleaning, sanitization, etc.


  • Make certain a safe work environment by following all safety procedures, including any personal protective equipment (PPE) and standard operating procedures (SOP's) applying to a particular process or area.
  • Complete required batch documentation records with accuracy and legibility (verifying item codes, expiration dates, lot numbers, weights, descriptions, etc.).
  • Lead compounding batches to meet scheduled start times for final filling.
  • Transfer raw materials from cold storage/staging areas to Blending/Batching sterile suites.
  • Weigh out specified types and quantities of liquid or solid ingredients using portable and floor scales or balances. \
  • Perform work associated with CIP, SIP and Aseptic processing with large stainless steel stationary vessels.
  • Ensure product quality by performing in-process checks, complying with current good manufacturing practices (cGMP’s), being alert for any deviation to a process, initiating quality improvements and participating on quality improvement projects.
  • Extract bulk samples for quality analysis.
  • Transfer completed batches via pump or portable tank for movement to storage or other production areas for final filling.
  • Perform weighing and mixing of sanitizing agents.
  • Perform environmental monitoring in areas as required.
  • Performs preventive maintenance as required.
  • Perform stationary vessel change overs including cleaning and disassembly as required by the production schedule.
  • May perform emulsification, homogenization or pH adjustment procedures.
  • May assist in the training of operators or cross-training in other areas.
  • Troubleshoot and perform adjustments on equipment as required.
  • Trained to perform Lock Out/Tag Out of equipment as needed.
  • Performs other hybrid duties within the downstream processing team as designated by management which may include, but is not limited to: final product packaging, capping, freeze drying, cycle counting, autoclaving, etc.
  • Help build team-oriented culture by motivating and supporting team members by sharing knowledge with all team members to continuously improve the process.
  • Work involves exposure to time pressures, frequent change of tasks, performing multiple different tasks within the same shift, tedious and detailed work in a fast paced environment. Able to work closely with others as part of a team as well as autonomously at times.
  • Take ownership of personal training and learning to develop skills to continuously improve.
  • Must be willing to work overtime as needed.

This is a 3rd shift position; daily hours are 2230 – 0700. Shift Starts Monday at 2230 and ends on Saturday 0700






  • High School Diploma or GED required


  • 2 years’ experience in cGMP regulated industry.
  • Strong English reading/comprehension skills required to understand detailed SOP and Manufacturing Instructions. Ability to read and understand chemical labeling and warnings.
  • An understanding of aseptic techniques and procedures.
  • Basic mathematical skills - ability to use both U.S. customary and metric systems.
  • Proven ability to work safely in a production environment. Ability to wear personal protective equipment (hair net, beard net (if applicable), safety glasses and leather skid resistant shoes/boots).


  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology, Biology or related science.
  • Strong understanding of manufacturing procedures, techniques and equipment.
  • Strong attention to detail and documentation skills. A demonstrated ability to follow written instructions precisely.
  • Ability to communicate and work in cooperation with other employees in manufacturing.
  • Inventory control concepts strongly preferred.
  • Basic computer skills (i.e. e-mail, Microsoft office suite, SAP, etc.)
  • An adaptable, flexible, dependable, team player with strong communication, learning, self-managing and decision-making skills that wants to be a leader in safety and compliance in a dynamic and growing manufacturing environment.


  • Must be able to physically perform the functions of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions.
  • Must possess visual acuity to document company records.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds.
Merck is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Merck via email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Merck. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Merck as a result of the referral or through other means.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position
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Job Manuf./Operations Generic

Primary Location NA-US-NE-Elkhorn

Other Locations 

Employee Status Regular

Number Of Openings 1

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